I’m a member of the Society of Automotive Historians and have been a car guy since about age. I had some near collectibles when I was a teen, but life got in the way until I was an empty nester. I’ve had three classics, one after the other, over the past 15 years though.
Automotive history fascinates me, whether it’s “what were they thinking?!” or “wow, what an amazing car…” I still keep track of the auto industry to some extent, but more and more continue to look back, after all, I’m the Historian at Hagerty Institute for Collector Vehicles. I’m also the Librarian so have plenty of books to peruse in search of information for Hagerty Driver’s Club members.
I’m particularly fond of the “Independents” such as Packard, Studebaker, American Motors and predecessor companies, Avanti, Checker and oddballs such as Citroen, Peugeot, Tatra and much much more. This takes nothing away from the U.S. big-three and I have my favorites (but listing them would take pages upon pages….)
I enjoy writing historical automotive articles and have done so for Hagerty for years, often without a by-line.