Three decades as an automotive journalist, author, broadcaster and photographer, and automotive consultant has introduced me to the greatest car enthusiasts on earth which now includes you. It’s been my passion to make automotive journalism, road testing, history, motorsport, racing, photography, restoring cars and concours judging my personal and professional life. My goal is to share this site with you. There’s no Facebook, Twitter, or Liking required, and you can’t spend any money here.

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-Matt Stone

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HOT ROD Empire; Robert E. Petersen, the birth of HOT ROD MAGAZINE and More

The late Margie and Robert E. Petersen were epic people.  Mr. Petersen was the founder of HOT ROD magazine, and did a lot to support the birth and growth of the hot rodding phenom in the late 1940s, 50s and 60s.  With that came Petersen Publishing Company, and fleet of popular enthusiast titles.  The Petersens over time also built two significant car museums.  Born of humble beginnings, they were highly successful, yet very philanthropic.  I’m honored to announce my newest book, entitled HOT ROD Empire, chronicling Mr. and Mrs. P’s early days, the founding of Petersen Publishing Company, their car collection, their later days, and both car museums.  Available now from, publisher direct at, or from Autobooks book store in Burbank, California.

Watch the Video – an Evening with Mario Andretti

A few months ago, it was my particular privilege to host a fireside chat and interview with the incomparable Mario Andretti at the World of Speed Motorsports Museum in Wilsonville, Oregon.  This is a marvelous automotive museum proximus to Portland, and if you’ve not yet been, then you must visit.  It’s an engaging property, well assembled and displayed, its current exhibit “Mario Andretti: Racing Royalty” displaying 11 of Mario’s significant racing cars.  The museum organized an evening attended by 350 or so people, featuring and dedicated to The Man, as its annual fundraiser, and I’m flattered that they asked me to join Mario on stage for an evening of talking about his life, family, and remarkable career (and some wicked fun storytelling).  Also please visit

Here’s the link:


And here’s my post with photos from the same event: