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Automotive Traveler Magazine: Vol 2 Iss 1 Page 5


Texas-based writer and photographer Steve Statham has worked in the automotive journalism field for two decades, first on the staff of Super Ford, then as a freelance contributor to dozens of magazines. He is the author of 12 non-fiction books, including Pontiac GTO: Five Decades of Muscle, Camaro, and Jeep Color History (which has been translated into Japanese) and served as the editor of Musclecar Enthusiast. He spends his spare time working on the mind-bending science fiction novels that will someday make him wealthy and famous, or possibly broke and shunned. When not thusly engaged, he enjoys craft beer, and then enjoys another. To read more about Steve, visit him at SteveStatham.com.

At times Carmen Madrid finds it hard to choose between writing and breathing. A freelance travel and opinion writer, she grew up in California but now writes from the hills of New Hampshire. She is co-founder of an independent book publishing company, The Armarium Press, and loves to share anecdotes and thoughts about her travels by writing for such sites as RecreationFun.net. Having spent more than 20 years in the corporate arena, half of it in management, she always thinks someone is waiting to hear her opinion. Her own car collection has included a 1969 Mustang and 1970 Chevy Luv Truck, to name a few. Follow her online at Twitter.com/HaveCarWillTrvl.

A lifelong car guy who enjoyed a 34-year career with General Motors, Joseph Babiasz continues to follow his twin passions of cars and travel. After retiring from GM, he owned West Coast Car Connection, a classic car restoration and sales operation that sold solid Southern California iron, and then launched Collector Car Enterprise to offer seminars on purchasing quality collector cars. A monthly contributor to four national automotive magazines, he has a nose to sniff out travel bargains and enjoys hopping on a cruise ship on a whim, especially if the price is low. He's always said there is no such thing as a bad cruise, and after 26, we think he should know.

A freelance travel writer and seasoned international traveler who hails from Jacksonville, Florida, Debi Lander considers photography her hobby and has a keen interest in Cs: cars, cooking, and children (she's known as Mimi to her five grandkids), and visits to castles, cathedrals, and the Caribbean. She is a former marathon runner whose body told her to switch to yoga. Her AutomotiveTraveler.com blog, Bimmer Dreamer, recounts numerous sagas of road trips taken in her 550i BMW, acquired through European delivery in Munich. Read more of Debi Lander's writings on her website, ByLanderSea.com, or at her travel journal and food blog, By~Lander~Sea Food Tales.

As an industry analyst, market forecaster, marketing strategist, writer, and historian, Sam Fiorani has more "slashes" next to his name than a Hollywood mogul. He writes to tell stories about cars, to educate, to inform, and to impress his 11th grade English teacher, Mrs. Gardill, who told him to find a day job. His current projects include a regular newspaper column, a book on little-known cars of the 1980s, staying ahead of the oil spewing from his MG, and finding sponsors for the restoration of his 20-year-old pocket rocket. Follow him at Twitter.com/SamFiorani, read his column at OurBedfordStories.blogspot.com, and check out his YouTube channel at Youtube.com/user/HudsontheDog.

The founder and president of Internet Car and Truck of the Year, Keith Griffin has been writing about new cars continuously for the last eight years for numerous publications, including The Boston Globe. He is the Guide to Used Cars for About.com and the National Hyundai Examiner for Examiner.com. The father of two daughters ages five and two, he also somehow finds time to be vice president of the New England Motor Press Association, as well as a freelance business journalist. You can vote for the Internet Car and Truck of the Year, until 12 November 2010 at InternetCarandTruckoftheYear.com.