You don’t want to know about me: you want to know how a young car nut like me got this job – and more importantly how you can get a job driving cars around Napa Valley, California and spending weekends being a menace in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo press car. Unlike most petrolheads, though, I didn’t have an uncle with a garage full of random car parts, and we never had any cool cars growing up.
The first car I remember is a very brown Nissan Sentra hatchback. The second car I remember is the one that—inexplicably—started this automotive obsession. It was 1997 Subaru Legacy Brighton wagon we bought when I was 10. From there, the pages of Evo, Car, and Top Gear taught me everything I needed to know long before I could drive.
Fresh out of university I got a gig writing a car column for the Chronicle Herald in Nova Scotia, which was mostly an excuse to spend an entire summer at the peerless Atlantic Motorsport Park. (It was there that the Brighton first understeered in anger on a racetrack.) I wrote a couple stories for the Toronto Star, and some others for the guys here at Sympatico.ca Autos. (What Matt forgets to mention is that I "discovered" him thanks to his friend who owns a bicycle shop in Toronto. Definitely random.–Ed.)
Now I work alongside Sir Bradley Horn and hold the wordy title of assistant automotive editor at Contempo Media Inc. - publishers of Sharp
, Sharp: The Book for Men
, and Sharpformen.com
Here, I write daily news, car reviews, galleries and features.
I am the stupid owner a mostly rust-free 1991 BMW 318is. I spend most of the money I make on the E30…despite advice to the contrary from others writers on this site. “Appreciating assets!” they said. “Individual throttle bodies?” I retorted. They gave up.
It’s slightly surreal to be on this page with these giants of Canadian car journalism, but I’m going to take full advantage and will attempt to write some great stories for you all to read.