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; Now at the Petersen

The Petersen Automotive Museum opens new exhibit called “Legends of Los Angeles” featuring a dozen spectacular and historic race cars built in and around SoCal.  They include several raced by the legendary Parnelli Jones, plus Don Prudhomme’s SOHC 427 Ford Powered Shelby SuperSnake slingshot dragster.  Don’t miss the one of five Shelby Cobra 289 FIA racers, plus Old Yeller 6, and an AAR Gurney Eagle Indy Racer.  Equally as tasty as the cars themselves is the new documentary film about them shown in the exhibits theater in the round setup with commentary by Parnelli and Prudhomme, among others.  Get the whole dealio and plan your visit at