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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Just Released: 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.

Calendar Alert; Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Amelia Island Florida.  It all takes place March 7-10, 2019

It is once again my privilege to serve as a judge at the fabulous Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on Sunday March 10.  This year’s motorsport honoree couldn’t be more deserving, he being the incomparable 6-times Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx.  “Icky” enjoyed a marvelous career, best known for his exploits in big bore sports cars, but also in F1 and other series; among the world’s best by any definition.  If you’ve never attended this event, it is wonderful for so many reasons, not least of all for the huge piles of money raised for local charities.  The epicenter for all things Amelia Island Concours is the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island resort — nothing wrong with a car show on a golf course at the beach.  Of course there are collector car auctions, a huge automobilia mart, racing driver panel discussions, a fabulous cars n coffee meet, OEM new car drives, and lots more car stuff to do in a rather lovely part of the world (make sure to visit nearby — and uber charming — Fernandina Beach..  And it all spins out of the “Good Karma Generators” that are founders and hosts Jane and Bill Warner.  If you spot me out on the field, please stop to say hello and for a quick chat – love to meet you there.  Get the rest of the lowdown at