Addicted to cars since she dove headfirst into restoring her first classic, a '55 Studebaker, Kristin couldn't stop sharing the many adventures that ensued. Whether on the road, under the hood or among our wide world of car culture, Kristin is getting her hands dirty as @greasegirl. She took the reins of Driving Line 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.
Starting his automotive career in the tire industry, Mike has had a healthy automotive addiction since the '90s. While he has a deep love for Subarus (even though his is always broken), he’s contributed to building just about everything with four wheels. With previous experience sharpening his social media chops at Hoonigan, Super Street, Lowrider and European Car magazine, Mike is excited to dive into the Driving Line social media world. Oh, he’s also obsessed with pizza.
Whether he’s keeping his ’73 Mustang Mach1 running, wrenching on his motorcycle or urban off-roading in his F-150, life is all about wheels and horsepower for Greg. He’s been creating exciting automotive and motorcycle content since 2001 in titles like Hot Bike, Street Chopper, Baggers, Custom Classic Trucks, Honda Tuning, Car Audio, Bikernet.com and Motorcycle.com. Future automotive exploits include drag racing his Mach1 and continuing his search for vehicular oddities and excessive horsepower. Follow him @gearheadgreg.
Matt’s foray into the car world began with NASCAR and video games, and nearly two decades later, he’s still going to races and playing Forza. He found his way to Driving Line after getting his MFA in Creative Writing and loves telling stories of all kinds, especially those of the automotive variety.
Randy’s passion for wrenching and cars started at the young age of nine when he bought his first Craftsman toolbox. Ever since, he's been fixing and modifying things to go faster - and look cooler while doing it. While most of his life has been spent on-road, he has lately been drawn off it, often alongside Truck Editor Matt Moghaddam. Fueled by coffee, kombucha and IPA, so long as it’s small-batch and locally-sourced, Randy often fulfills the role of team dad for Driving Line. Orange slices for everyone!
Just a step down from obsessed, Matt’s passion for all things automotive stems from his roots in building muscle cars in high school. A short time later, he was introduced to the off-road world and hasn’t let off the throttle since. Matt has owned and built an array of 4x4s and prerunners and spends most of his free time either in the garage or off the grid. Photography and videography have also been a big part of his life, so he feels very fortunate to be able to blend his two passions together as part of the Driving Line team.
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.
Mike began blogging about his automotive adventures both in the U.S. and Japan back in 2007 and has been working in automotive media ever since. His vehicle interests are as varied as it gets, and no matter what side of the Pacific he's on, cars are his life. When he's not writing or shooting photos, Mike can usually be found scheming his next project car. Follow along on Instagram @japanifornia.
Since jumping into the world of automotive media, Justin hasn’t looked back. Growing up around '90s tuners, he always knew he was destined for this life. As Driving Line's Import editor, cruising around in his Rocket Bunny tC with his trusty camera, he is set to find amazing import content from around the world. To see what's "just in" follow him at @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'.
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. Catch him as he travels the worlds in search of the next great automotive story.
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).
Andy Carter is a photographer that has lived with his wife in Macon, GA, since 2003. Andy has also photographed for Southrnfresh, Canibeat, S3 Magazine, Fast Car, Performance Auto and Sound, and USDM Freax, as well as producing a radio show with his friends on 100.9 The Creek FM. He currently drives a 2012 Honda Fit Sport and a 1992 Chevrolet S10. You can find more of his work at his website www.andycarterphoto.com and on Instagram at @andycarterphoto.
Benjamin contributes to a number of magazines, newspapers and online publications, and is one of the hosts of the Unnamed Automotive Podcast. He enjoys keeping the shiny side up during track days, and is probably in your rear-view mirror right now.
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.”
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.
David Ishikawa grew up riding around in pickups and muscle cars but ended up an import guy. Having worked with several companies importing Japanese parts, it afforded him to build a few cars, including an AE86 and FC3S that were featured in various magazines at the time. After moving abroad, he took a few years off from car life but has made a return after landing in Japan. He now shares his favorite automotive finds from the land of the rising sun here and on Instagram @nihonjam.
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.
Jake's passion started at a young age wrenching on cars with his dad. Obtaining that glorious driver's license sparked his obsession with grease and horsepower as a way of life. It wasn’t long before he went to work in the off-road aftermarket world. After years of wrenching, retail and product development in the field, Jake found he enjoyed the media side of the life. Since then, he has been a full-fledged automotive journalist and photographer with no end in sight.
Jason Mott is a New York Times best-selling novelist whose debut novel, The Returned, spawned the ABC show Resurrection. Jason's been a car and racing junkie ever since Petter Soldberg flipped his first Subaru. When he's not banging knuckles and stripping lug nuts, he's visiting racetracks, writing books, bandaging the aforementioned knuckles and eating Twizzlers by the fistful. Life's short...and fast if you're lucky.
A life-long fanatic of automobiles of all types, Joey has been an automotive journalist for nearly a decade now and specializes in the sport compact/import tuning community. After spending some years in the automotive retail parts industry, he quit his job and pursued his dream of documenting the cars and people in the tuning community—starting his own personal website/blog called “The Chronicles” and working as a freelance writer and photographer for magazines like Super Street, Import Tuner and Honda Tuning. Joey now spends much of his time traveling around the world to experience automotive tuning culture and document his adventures.
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.
A lover of anything with wheels and a engine, Lindsey has been a gearhead since her earliest memory. Growing up going to car shows and other automotive events, it wasn't long before she had an eye for top-notch performance machines and she hasn't looked back since. A writer and photographer with a keen sense for builds and events with back-stories to tell, Lindsey is all hands on deck whether it's crawling around on the ground for the perfect shot or wrenching on her own fleet of projects in her spare time!
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.
Los Angeles-based automotive and motorsports photographer with an affinity for fast cars, vintage cameras, large-format film, landscape photography, fresh synthwave, good whiskey, great friends, and raw life. You can find him around the web at http://www.lukemunnell.com and as @lukemunnell.
Born and raised in Detroit, Mary Lendzion fell in love with the Mustangs, Camaros and Challengers that had rolled off the assembly lines at nearby Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. After learning how to drive in her brother’s 1969 Mustang, she went on to purchase a 1998 Mustang that she drove on the street before she began drag-racing it. While it runs 8-second elapsed-times in the quarter-mile, she has her sights set on stepping up in the days to come. When not racing, Mary writes about race cars and racers for Driving Line, NMCA, NMRA, Power Automedia and Summit Motorsports Park.
Mercedes is an Oregon-based freelancer who specializes in vehicular adventure travel. She and her husband have three right-hand-drive turbo-diesel Mitsubishis: a 1989 Delica Star Wagon (aka The Space Tractor) and two gen-2 short-wheelbase Pajeros. In addition, they have two customized subcompact daily drivers. Mercedes, a dual citizen of the United States and Germany, grew up with an international identity and loves to travel. Mercedes' freelance work includes writing, editing, photography, event coverage and marketing services. You can follow her adventures on Facebook and Instagram via @crankshaftculture and @teamfreerangedames.
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.
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.
As someone who gets way too excited about the smallest engineering details on anything automotive-related, Philip attributes his peculiarity to all the oil fumes inhaled from his oil-cooled 911 and the unhealthy amount of time spent on internet forums. A novice to the writing trade, he hopes to leverage his background in vintage imports to help Driving Line generate interesting and insightful content.
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.
Tara Hurlin is a car nut to the core. She feeds her addiction by attending as many car shows and motorsports events that she can fit into her schedule alongside her own personal projects in the garage: a custom 1961 Cadillac Series 62, 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata track car, 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee overland/expedition rig and her husband’s 1985 Chevrolet C10. Whether fast and furious or slow and curious, Tara has a love and appreciation for all vehicles. To exercise that love she enjoys wrenching, researching, writing articles and advancing in her automotive photography skills. Motorsports photography is her delectation.
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.