Jack Baruthis a former professional BMX racer and cycling journalist who made the switch to…
Winter Contributors 2015
started off as a foreign car mechanic and car salesman before talking his way into an entry-level position at a racing PR agency. He went on to lead Charlotte Motor Speedway’s PR department and then started Cotter Group, which managed racing programs for major corporations. Now he writes books, races vintage cars and teaches Public Relations at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. And he still enjoys getting bloody knuckles working on his own cars. On page 52, he explores the history — and the innards — of the SS Badger.
has always loved machines that move under their own power, so long as those machines were not doing any useful work. Since this involved loving many machines that were actively trying to kill him, he chose comedy over tragedy and wrote for The Onion for more than 20 years. He has since decided that life is too short and now spends his days writing for Jalopnik, Popular Mechanics and Road & Track, among others. For our cover story, he took on the red-headed step-children of the sports car world. You’ll find it on page 28.
writes, photographs and directs social media for the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA). He is an accomplished musician and pop culture writer and regularly contributes to PopMatters and Spectrum Culture. Though his main form of transportation remains a bicycle and he would not classify himself as a “car guy,” he has a soft spot for early Saabs and is gradually immersing himself in the craziness that is contemporary classic car culture. This issue, he celebrates the 40th anniversary of Porsche’s 911 Turbo with a profile of the very first U.S. import.
grew up in rural Michigan, where his playground was an old-growth forest of hardwoods. Mixed in among the trees were small islands of old cars, tractors, boats and snowmobiles. His imagination ran wild in this mechanical graveyard, and it fueled a lifelong love of the automobile. Josh’s photography regularly appears in Hagerty Classic Cars, whether shooting Wayne Carini for his column or capturing another automobile graveyard, this time in the hills of North Carolina, for Ray Evernham’s page 40 feature, The Mountain Man.