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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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 Amazon.com, publisher direct at motorbooks.com, or from Autobooks book store in Burbank, California.

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HOT ROD Empire book signing Saturday November 3, 2018

Please come visit with me and I’ll be happy to personalize and autograph your copy of HOT ROD Empire between 10:00AM and 2:00PM on Saturday, November 3, at Autobooks,  2900 W. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank, CA 91505,
(818) 845-0707  autobooks-aerobooks.com