After a 15-year run as Editor at Super Street magazine and a brief marketing stint for world-famous suspension producer, Eibach, Jonathan “JDM” Wong is back in the world of content, joining the Driving Line content team as Editor-in-Chief. Catch him, Kristin and Justin as they travel the world in search of the next great automotive story – hopefully yours will be one of them!
Ever since diving headfirst into restoring her first classic, a '55 Studebaker, Kristin has been addicted to cars. Once she'd gotten hooked, she couldn't stop from sharing her adventures as @greasegirl; whether on the road, under the hood, or among our wide world of car culture. She took Driving Line’s editorial reins in 2013 and hasn’t looked back.
Ali has been working professionally as a magazine editor since 2006 and held contributor/editor positions for many titles. Long before that, Ali spent his time working on 4x4s and motorcycles. Going off-road has always been a major part of his life. The fact that he turned his passion into a career is still something he still feels incredibly fortunate about today.
Justin grew up around '90s tuners, but didn’t get a chance at that life until picking up his new 2011 Scion tC. As an OG second-gen tuner he documented his mods and local show coverage. Ever since he’s been seeking out amazing automotive content and ready to share it with all the Driving Line readers. To see what’s “just in” follow him @justdayuum.
Long ago, somewhere around 1968 John heard That Certain Sound. While others at the time wanted to either dance or fight in the streets, he just wanted to race. Actually John was never one for driving, so becoming a photographer, and later a writer, was the next best thing. Of course back then, still at school he drew inspiration from monthly doses of Motor Sport and other magazines...powerful JuJu. Somehow in 1981 John started to work in the sport and it has been downhill from there, he would not have wanted it any other way. And now it is the only life he knows...as my literary inspiration once wrote 'Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride'.
From an early age, Tim Sutton suspected that he saw the world differently. Criss-crossing the country each year in the family sedan, the passing scenery and cars etched themselves into his young mind. It took a serious car accident before Tim picked up a camera to study photography; realizing that his experiences from the frame of a backseat window. Now with an expansive list of successful collaborations with top auto makers and TV networks such as Toyota, Acura, Honda, Speed channel, FOX and more. Automobiles and visual expression have been the two constants in Tim’s life. Through the nuance and quality of his images, he consistently confirms his early suspicions – he clearly sees the world differently.
Aaron Bonk modified his first car – an ’87 Honda CRX – sometime in the early 1990s. After studying mechanical engineering, he established one of the first tuning shops to specialize in engine swaps in those same sort of cars. It’s there that Aaron developed many Honda-specific transplants long before the practice of modifying Hondas and Acuras had become mainstream. Nearly a decade later Aaron transitioned into a career as an automotive journalist – authoring a series of technical books – and has since held staff positions and written regularly for more than a dozen print and online publications. He’s also owned at least one Honda of some sort for the past 25 years, the last of which was a ’91 NSX.
Telling the “short stories” of racing, adventure and travel from a “lower elevation," Alan (a.k.a. The Dusty Gnome) is a desert racer, writer, photographer, talker and observer. Based in Arizona, his work and play takes him all over the United States, UK and Mexico. Primarily focused on desert racing, Ultra4 and W.E.Rock, you can find The Dusty Gnome bouncing through the desert in his 83 Wagoneer, @gnome1.
Albert is the founder of tUNINGwERKS - the ground breaking European Automotive and Lifestyle brand that launched in 1999. After closing the tUNINGwERKS brand in 2004, Albert began work as a private consultant in the aftermarket industry, providing photography, branding and content to automotive manufacturers and companies. Aside from Albert's passion for everything car related, he is an avid Apple Fanboy and toy/gadget collector and writes a personal automotive blog that can be seen at www.albertroxas.com.
"Car" might have been the first words out of his mouth. Andrew's lifelong fascination with cars has led to experiences such as: “off-roading” his parent's Accord, racing his turbo wagon at Willow Springs, daily driving a full-caged Time Attack car in college to being team photographer for a championship winning Formula Drift team. After attending his first KOH, he bought a Land Cruiser which continues to hemorrhage gas, oil and his bank account. Currently, Andrew enjoys searching for adventure on two or four wheels, on and off-road and scouring the internet for his next car(s).
From wide open dirt roads to the boulder-filled technical canyons around his home state of New Mexico, Brian enjoys getting out and driving the less-traveled back roads and exploring the great Southwestern landscapes. He has been a part of several motorsports teams, from competitive rock crawling to King of the Hammers and the Baja 1000. When he is not behind the wheel of his 1991 Ford Explorer or 1942 Jeep Flat Fender rock crawler, you will usually find him in his garage wrenching or designing and fabricating his next off-road modification.
Serving in the U.S. Marines since 1996, Byron found his new passion in photography and finds himself connecting with drivers in the automotive racing scene where he’s able to capture their unique stories. You can follow his diverse portfolio at @byron_yoshida_photography.
After failing typing class, barely squeaking through auto shop, and enrolling in an alternate course to bypass English 102 in college, Chris Shelton took the only logical path: automotive journalism. He coerces editors (often by threatening to release compromising photos of them) to publish his work. “Do what you love and the money will follow…” Shelton maintains, “…especially if you love blackmail.”
Cory is Driving Line's newest addition. A childhood full of car posters, import magazines and discovering Formula Drift on G4TV back in middle school has fostered a love for the Japanese import scene in this bearded white guy from Georgia – but you can find nearly anything with a motor and wheels in front of his lens. As a recent transplant to California, Cory can be found taking full advantage of the local car scene and sunshine to photograph cars and automotive events nearly every weekend.
Journalist, copywriter, and motorhead, Curtis has worked in film, television and all types of digital and print media. A SoCal native, he’s been neck-deep in car culture since he lost his front teeth crashing a neighbor kid’s go-cart into an olive tree at age seven. He can also conjure up a mean pot of chili.
After one rebellious off-road experience at the age of six in his Dad's 1984 2-door Chevy Blazer, Doug was hooked. He finally got to take the wheel in his own 1998 Toyota Tacoma and eventually discovered his love for photography amidst off-roading in the great outdoors. Now climbing to new heights while shooting his local T.R.E.C. series in Indiana and getting to as many Ultra4 races as he can swing.
Drew grew up turning wrenches on old Jeeps and hitting the trails on the weekends. 4Wheeling opened new opportunities to see the great outdoors and make some great friends along the way. Over the years he found he had an eye for the camera and ended up spending more time out shooting the action than behind the wheel. These days, with a degree in graphic design and a passion for everything automotive, Drew works in the off-road industry wondering how he got so lucky.
Harry Wagner can't get enough of all things dirt. Raised in the back of his family's Land Cruiser, from a young age he cut his teeth on trails like the world famous Rubicon. The Land Cruiser had a lasting impression – much of his stable currently consists of Toyotas. Wagner currently calls Reno, Nevada, home, which makes a great base for everything from day trips to hot springs to desert races to some of the most fantastic rockcrawling the country has to offer. He has raced in the Baja 1000, made three trips to the famous Dakar Rally and makes regular pilgrimages to Johnson Valley, Moab, Las Cruces and the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Jacob Leveton has worked as a freelance journalist for 12 years, specializing in drifting since the first professional competition landed on U.S. shores in 2003. Leveton has worked with more than 30 print and online media outlets to provide unique drifting content.
Joey has been an automotive journalist for nearly a decade now and has been a life-long fanatic of automobiles of all types. He specializes in the sport compact/import tuning community which he has followed closely since his early days in high school. After spending some years in the automotive retail parts industry, he decided to quit his job and pursue his dream of documenting the cars and people in the tuning community. Joey then started his own personal website/blog, known simply as “The Chronicles,” where he would cover all the events he attended as well as the adventures of his fellow automotive enthusiast friends. The site gained popularity organically since 2008 and has become one of the more well-recognized automotive event coverage sites on the Internet. While the website grew, he also worked as a freelance writer and photographer for many popular tuning magazines like Super Street, Import Tuner, and Honda Tuning. He now spends much of his time traveling across the country, often times expanding his travels as far as Japan, to experience automotive tuning culture while documenting his adventures with words, photos, and video.
John Cappa has been an outdoor, 4x4 and general off-road enthusiast for more than 30 years. He has sat in the Editor chair of two of the largest off-road magazines in the world, which includes 11 years leading Jp Magazine and 2½ years at the helm of Four Wheeler. Today, John is an off-road technology consultant and also contributes monthly columns and other content to many print and online titles including Driving Line, Four Wheeler, Jp Magazine, Off-Road Adventures, Pickuptrucks.com, Truck Trend, Work Truck Review and more. You can follow John’s current projects and adventures on Instagram @cappaworks.
Never has a career in gearhead behavior had a harder time finding its locus... We present to you one Justin Fort: automotive and adventure journalist, factory test driver, miserable hot shoe, off-road explorer, event manager, talk-show host, PR monkey, caffeine junkie – none of which seem to pay enough to call it a living. However, Justin does seem to be good at the adventuring and journalizing, which is why Driving Line has gotten its claws into him for off-road and road-race contributions and coverage.
Automotive addiction began for Kyle with a 1986 Toyota Pickup when he was 16. With that he found where the pavement met the dirt and never looked back. For him, it's not just the sound of the engine and capability of a well-built machine, but where that machine takes him – views and vistas otherwise unreachable. A love for the outdoors and mountains surrounding his Utah home turned his passion for photography into a full time job, and it's been filling his life with epic adventures and memories ever since. You can see more of Kyle's work at www.KyleWellsPhoto.com.
Lori has worked in the automotive industry most of her life, first as a photographer and later as an executive for a major manufacturer. Buying her first Jeep, a 1986 Cherokee, in order to haul her SCUBA gear on the beaches of the East Coast, she has owned a Jeep ever since. Upon moving to California, she fell in love with the land. Exchanging the corporate suit for hiking boots, Lori returned to her passions of photography and the outdoors. She bought and built a Jeep Wrangler JK, learned to rock crawl and wrench on her Jeep and now can usually be found roaming around the desert regions of California. See more from Lori at www.loricarey.com.
With his pencil and digital brush, Michele blends comic lines with faithful details – reflecting his visual passion for all things on wheels with each custom "Car-Toon." Falling in love with 4x4 vehicles, especially Land Rovers, since childhood, Michele now owns and wheels a D90 and a Series IIA 109" on the ancient trails of the Northern Appenine in Italy. His work can be seen in publications both internationally and in his native Italy, as well as being available for private commissions. More of his work is on display at his website, www.WhitedogComics.com.
Mike McGlothlin is a freelance writer and photographer based in central Illinois. He’s spent his entire professional career working solely in the diesel performance industry. Diesel World Magazine, Ultimate Diesel Builder’s Guide, Diesel Power Magazine and Driving Line are among the diesel-centric publications he’s worked for or contributed to over the past decade.
A reformed TV Producer, Motorhead Mama has been writing about car culture ever since a good friend told her to stop sending car photos with snarky comments and to “start a blog already!” Besides sharing her hilarious, and at times irreverent, commentary at MotorheadMama.com, she also contributes to CarTalk and SheBuysCars. Mama is also known for creating music videos that “pop”, making Design Within Reach, and even, on occasion, getting knocked up. She lives in Los Angeles, with roughly 4 million others – many of which provide the road-going antics she finds so funny.
Nick is an enthusiast representing the upper Midwest – Wisconsin, to be precise. Ever since he met Mario Andretti as a kid, Nick has been hooked on all things car. He took that passion and grew it into a career. An avid artist, designer, and engineer, his works have garnered awards across the country but he is always looking to learn a new skill or artistic style. While he has been portraying car culture in his artwork for almost two decades, this is Nick's first foray into writing about the culture he holds dear.
Growing up, posters of the Countach graced Paul's bedroom walls, and he has been under the spell of cars ever since. Based in the UK, Paul pounces on opportunities to drive literally just about anything on 4 wheels, litterly from Alfa to Zonda. Essentially a lover of all great looking cars that can go around corners fast and hurt your head upon acceleration. Paul is also Founder of Lovecars.com.
Scott Martin has played with cars and cameras for as long as he can remember. Model cars and gas powered 1/28 scale Ferraris, Brownie, 8mm film and Polaroid cameras have led to a succession of collectable vehicles and pro Canon gear. His kids are still mad at him for not keeping any of his 60s VW bugs and camper vans, Bel Air, T-Bird or Facel Vega. After a long detour through the entertainment business, Scott is back in the middle of car culture… writing about anything with wheels and documenting the thousands of amazing vehicles out there through his photography.
Growing up, Shana's hero was “Bigfoot” the Monster Truck, and she wanted desperately to ride bulls! Needless to say, Shana wasn’t afraid to get dirty and didn’t care about breaking a nail. She started working for a sports photographer and then was recruited by a wedding photographer. Loving the outdoors, she and her hubby Brian ventured many trail rides and off-road adventures while photographing competitions. Doors began to open for Shana, and she is honored to be a part of a winning team.
What do you get when you mix a mechanical engineer with an off-road photographer? Thom Kingston, the co-founder & owner of Spidertrax Off-Road. Thom travels the world chasing the fastest machines on dirt, and while he's in the field designing the world's next best axle, he's also capturing the action and telling his story along the way. Find more of Thom's adventures in racing (and engineering) at blog.spidertrax.com.
Tom Stahler is a historian with a lifelong love of cars and motor racing – beginning with the 1968 USRRC race at Road America (in a stroller). He won the 2011 Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award for Best Article and a 2012 Gold Medal in the International Automotive Media Awards. A hobbyist vintage racer himself, Stahler is no stranger to the sensations of speed. When not traveling to a car event somewhere, he resides in Orange County, California, with his wife and three daughters.