Szilagyi Escapes The Grind; Karges Takes Over at Petersen Automotive Museum

Pete Szilagyi has “escaped” the grind and now does occasional auto-related features and a single monthly review column in the Austin American-Statesman with “he-said, she-said” sidekick Pam LeBlanc (with gun in photo along with Pete). He’s been weekly auto columnist for the Statesman since 1981. His review columns have been widely distributed by the New York Times News Service and Cox News Service. He was co-founder of the Texas Auto Writers Association and Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Pete is a former motocross and desert racer who was founding editor of Motocross Action magazine and associate editor of Dirt Bike magazine. He splits his time between Austin and the Davis Mountains of far West Texas, where he is a music, news and talk host at KRTS 93.5, Marfa Public Radio. Email to pete@texasmountains.com

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Karl Henkel has supplanted Jaclyn Trop as an auto reporter for the Detroit News. Reach him at Khenkel@detnews.com. . . . Terry Karges took over as executive director of The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles on Aug. 15, replacing Buddy Pepp who retired after more than two years on the job. Previously, Karges helped grow Rousch Performance into the largest specialty high performance car brand in the world. He can be reached at: tkarges@petersen.org.

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Former USA Today and Associated Press auto writer Sharon Silke Carty has departed The Huffington Post following its decision to eliminate in-house auto-coverage. No word here as yet, on her next post. . . . David Speranza has been named Road & Track’s new design director, replacing Richard Barton who is leaving the magazine. Speranza has been a magazine art director since 1987 and has worked on many different titles, most recently Rodales’s Bicycling. Hearst’s email protocol is: firstinitiallastname@hearst.com.

While the outgoing Cindy Kurman is not likely to stay out of touch long, AWCOM has been advised prcindy@gmail.com is the best way to reach her. . . . Bill Zervakos says the best way to reach him is: twofortheroad@usa.com. If you do not get this Newsletter regularly and you want to, check and be sure it is on your email app’s approved list.