Arizona Driver is a regional publication producing the work of a variety of writers and photographers with extensive experience in the automotive and destination tourism fields. You'll find new-car evaluations and competitive events, destination and special event news, features on collector vehicles, auctions and shows, motorsports, teen driving and equipment, as well as boating, private aviation and motorcycles... and much more.
WE ARE MEMBERS OF:
• IMPA: International Motor Press Association
• MAMA: Midwest Automotive Media Association
• MPG: Motor Press Guild
• NWAPA: Northwest Automotive Press Association
• PAPA: Phoenix Automotive Press Association
• RMAP: Rocky Mountain Automotive Press
• SAMA: Southern Automotive Media Association
• TAWA: Texas Auto Writers Association
• WAJ: Western Automotive Journalists
• ACM: LeMay—America's Car Museum
• Sturgis: Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame
• USFRA: Utah Salt Flats Racing Association
• USMA: United States Motorsports Association
STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS:
Joe Sage - Publisher/Executive Editor: Joe is CEO and Creative Director of AdZone Arizona LLC, comprising two business units: a publishing group including Arizona Driver Magazine, plus Arizona Flyer Magazine, Arizona Rider Magazine and Arizona Boater Magazine (which appear as features or sections in Arizona Driver Magazine at this time); social media for Arizona Driver Magazine, as well as Texas Driver Magazine and Northwest Driver Magazine, with more titles for future expansion; and AdZone Arizona LLC, the umbrella for the automotive publications and Joe’s career in advertising, publication design and media planning, which has served clients in tourism, resorts, lodging, events, motorsports, manufacturing and importing, heavy industrial construction, and other categories for over 30 years. The magazine media group combines Joe’s experience in marketing, demographic analysis, media planning and logistics, as well as publication design and production. Joe can be reached via "Contacts,"above, or via social media.
Randall Bohl Photography began in 1987, with a South of Market studio in San Francisco, California at 9th and Folsom Streets. After three years in the Bay Area, Randall re-located to the "warmer/dryer" climes of Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1990. Randall has worked as a freelance photographer since receiving a 35mm film SLR in 1977. There was a break for college, Western Michigan University, with a three and a half year stint as assistant at Jim Powell Advertising Photography in Kalamazoo. Work is about evenly split between the studio and location, with a dash of production work in the film industry. His goal is to pile all of the studio work in during the heat of summer, shoot fantastic dawn and dusk shots and travel a bit to do it. The portfolio at his website includes a wide variety of commercial/advertising photography, as well as some personal work. As Randall says, in a sense it's all personal work, as he just likes shooting. Randall comes from an automotive family and has extensive experience with everything from automotive manufacturing, to drag racing, to motorcycles, and he is a patient and accomplished mechanic when need be. Randall Bohl is "faster than the speed of darkness." His personal passion outside of photography is travel by motorcycle, down the street, through the woods or across the country. If it's got two wheels and a motor, he probably likes it. His work can be seen at www.randallbohl.com.
Tyson Hugie loves Acura, loves road trips and loves writing to bring those passions together. His Drive to Five website, launched in 2011, takes readers along in his over-500,000-mile Acura Legend coupe and his 2013 Acura ILX as they discover offbeat destinations and enjoy the scenery along the way. Tyson is based in Scottsdale, Arizona. His site can be found at Drive to Five.
Sue Mead is an automotive journalist and author, as well as an off-road adventurer and racer. She travels the globe test driving cars and trucks, working for magazines, newspapers, television, radio and the Internet to provide vehicle reviews, as well as adventure stories about racing, automotive expeditions and travel throughout the world. Mead has won a number of writing and photojournalist awards and is an inductee into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. She has authored three books about automotive subjects and has recently become a private pilot.
Stephanie Jarnagan is no stranger to automotive news; she works with the Ford Motor Company Fund in Phoenix on community outreach and media relations. She is a married mom of three kids who enjoy school, sports and travel—not necessarily in that order!
Dave Stall is a TV and radio host based in San Diego. His Automotive Consumer Show has been aired for over 20 years on KFMB 760, KCEO AM 1000, ESPN Radio RPM Today 800 AM and WS Radio’s Maynard’s Garage. He also does a Green Show, as well as general automotive and motorsports, at KCBQ AM 1170. A member of the Driven2Dare team teaching Military Safety Stand Down to military bases—“saving lives one base at a time”—Dave is now also signed on with Armed Forces Radio. He has also been an automotive consumer host on KUSI Channel 51 TV for almost 20 years, teaching automotive consumer information and showcasing new vehicles, as well as automotive and motorcycle charity events. Dave emcees the San Diego Blood Bank, ALS, Cystic Fibrous, MADD, the Heart Ride and other worthy charities. He has written a weekly automotive review column in the North County Times for over 10 years and also writes for the East County Gazette and San Diego Home & Garden Magazine. He is also an instructor at San Diego City College, where he has taught Automotive Consumerism for 13 years. Dave’s media career follows his 30-year stint as an automotive service manager, where he started a New Owner Clinic in 1979, which Toyota then duplicated for all its dealerships and still uses today. You can find Dave many places, including on YouTube.
Paul Strauss is the owner and operator of Awesomer Media and its network of blogs. He’s been digging under rocks to find cool and awesome things for online readers since 2006, when he started the popular tech and gadget blog, Technabob. He also runs MightyMega, home to all things science fiction and geeky, and 95Octane, a site about cars that don’t suck.
Jason Fogelson is a freelance automotive journalist. Currently president of the Motor Press Guild, he has covered cars, trucks, SUVs and motorcycles for a variety of print, web and broadcast media, including AOL Autos, Autotrader, CNN.com, the Los Angeles Times, Mazdasport Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Maximum Drive Magazine and Fine Living Network. Jason also writes music, theater and film criticism, in addition to the occasional screenplay. Jason is a contributing writer for Forbes.com (luxury automotive, motorcycles and lifestyles), an expert for About.com (SUVs, crossovers and minivans), and he writes a weekly column about motorcycle travel for Best Western Hotels’ travel blog. His first book, 100 Things for Every Gearhead to Do Before They Die, is available at BooksForGearheads.com.
Jennifer Johnson is a freelance automotive journalist based in metro Phoenix. She has more than 15 years' experience in the fields of journalism, public relations and communication covering a wide variety of business sectors. Her emphasis is in special events and media within the automotive field, with a particular affinity for all things Ford. Jennifer earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. When not covering auto news, she enjoys spending time with her young kids and husband, swimming year-round and taking road trips with her family.
Nick Calderone is a host of the nationally syndicated news and entertainment show RightThisMInute. A lifelong car and motorcycle fan, Nick may not be an expert, but he is certainly an enthusiast. The coolest car he’s ever owned was a 1986 Nissan 300ZX, and he currently rides a 1984 Honda Goldwing. Nick had interned at a Fox TV affiliate during college. After graduating, his first job was selling early “bag” cell phones by the gross. But, determined to use his mass communications degree, he parlayed another job at Fox, collating anchor scripts two nights a week. A television junkie was born. He spent four years working his way up at Fox and NBC affiliates before joining 12 News as a photojournalist in 1999. He had champagne on his lens during the Diamondbacks' World Series celebration, got drenched at Super Bowl XLI, and witnessed the joy of American athletes at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Nick stepped in front of the camera in 2004, filing feature reports for 12 News Upfront, then moved to general assignment news for the 5 and 6 pm shows. Technology has made news gathering increasingly portable: all the stories he’s covered, he also shot, wrote and edited. On weekends, Nick prefers two wheels, riding mountain bikes and motorcycles. If he pushes a gas pedal, he’d rather do it off-road, exploring Arizona's great beauty. Nick can be reached on Facebook or on Twitter @nscalderone.
Award-winning multimedia writer and still photographer Jan Wagner has been writing professionally since 1979 and has been an avid still photographer for just about as long as he could hold a camera. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, he worked for several years as a television writer/producer (mostly for commercials). In 1984, he was transferred to San Diego, where he remains to this day. As a writer, he has worked for major automobile clients including Acura, DaimlerChrysler (Mercedes-Benz), Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Volkswagen. For the past few years, Jan has written and photographed for AutoMatters - his weekly automotive column in newspapers and at www.AutoMatters.net. He even had a brief stint as an automotive radio show co-host. Jan's favorite things include automobiles, motorsports and photography.
Brenda Priddy has earned a reputation as one of the world's top automotive spy photographers. Her undercover exclusives are a regular feature of LeftLaneNews.com, autos.sympatico.ca and other popular websites. Her client list also includes such publications as AutoWeek, Car & Driver, Road and Track, USA Today and the New York Times. Brenda's business has been highlighted in Newsweek, Motor Trend, Sports Car International, and various domestic and international newspapers, and her pictures have appeared in various books - from automotive interests to textbooks, and even encyclopedias. She has also entered the world of fine art automotive photography, and she leads photographic and cultural expeditions to Cuba and other exotic spots. This world famous spy can be found (!) at Brenda Priddy and Company.
Kevin A. Wilson is a freelance automotive editor, writer and historian working in the Detroit area. Currently a contributing editor to both Car and Driver and Popular Mechanics, he previously worked at AutoWeek magazine in various roles including Executive Editor, Senior Editor for Special Projects and as a columnist. He has served as a judge at many automotive art shows, car shows and concours, and is chief judge for the annual Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show. He lives in Waterford, MI with his wife Toni in the same home where they raised their three sons.
Aaron Gold has been an automotive journalist for almost two decades and has been About.com's Cars Expert since 2004. A native New Yorker, Aaron started his career in automotive journalism as an intern for What Car? magazine in Great Britain (where he was, as far as he knows, the only SUNY intern with a company car). After returning to the States, he moved to California and began writing for automotive web sites. Along with serving as About.com's Cars Expert, Aaron is a consulting producer on the History Channel series Top Gear, does video reviews for Autobytel.com, and freelances for other publications, including Autoguide.com and VroomGirls.com. Aaron credits his love for cars to (and occasionally blames it on) his stepfather, a former used car salesman who met Aaron's mother when he sold her a low-mileage 1971 Plymouth Scamp. Aaron studied computer science in college, until making the monumental discovery that he wasn't any good at it. He changed majors and earned a bachelor's degree in communications from the State University of New York. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Robin; his sons, Robert and Andrew; Bayla the dog; Fifi the tarantula; Frankie Four Fingers the gecko; and a dozen unnamed fish, all of whom -- except the dog, the spider, the gecko and the fish -- contribute their opinions to Aaron's car reviews. Aaron can be found online at About.com.
Tim Sharp is an automotive writer and photographer, as well as a precision driver. Tim writes and shoots for Classic Motorsports, Grassroots Motorsports and Arizona Driver Magazine, with an emphasis on vintage racing, concours d'elegance, classic car tours and road rallies, and collector car auctions, as well as wood boats. As owner of Sharp Precision Driving Institute LLC, Tim performs precision driving for automotive training videos; is a vehicle performance analyst; and is a high performance driving instructor. His background includes a stint as director of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving PROsearch program; proprietary product development for GM, Ford and Chrysler; design and patents for transportation technologies licensed to Alcoa Composites and Mantex Automotive; a stint as national sales & marketing manager for TRD USA's nationwide dealer network and US racing team; and much more. Tim's background includes his own Porsche/Audi dealership in Carlsbad, California. He holds three SCCA racing championships for Porsche and is an avid vintage racer. Tim is also general partner in a group involved in automotive dealership and educational property investments. He won his first writing award in junior high school, for a piece about... car racing!
SlashGear.com editor-in-chief Vincent Nguyen has a hunger for tech scoops that makes him one of the best in the industry when it comes to getting information on breaking stories. As R3 Media co-founder, Vincent plays an enormous part in keeping SlashGear's editorial agenda fresh and exciting. Vincent loves to travel and enjoy the challenges of covering tech shows and new vehicle launches. Vincent can be found at SlashGear.com.
JP Molnar has over 20 years’ experience in performance driver training, as a racing instructor and as a racing marketing director. He has raced to many victories and owned two championship teams. JP has been a test driver, performance course designer, instructor and project leader for many major automotive and tire manufacturers. He taught emergency response to over 15 police agencies for 8 years at the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Academy, developed extreme driver training for the US Border Patrol, developed and taught EVOC refresher classes in Reno and developed emergency vehicle driving courses for the State of Nevada. JP has a BA in International Relations from the University of San Diego and a Masters in Adult Education and Training from the University of Phoenix. He has had hundreds of articles and photos in Motor Trend, European Car, Public Safety Communications, Law Officer and others, and has been editor at Grassroots Motorsports and POLICE. JP currently directs curriculum development and design for advanced, simulation-based driver training in Scottsdale.
Barbara and Bill Schaffer drive more than 150 new vehicles annually, creating a wealth of test drive features and reviews for Auto Digest Syndicate. Bill spent his early years growing up in a small Ford dealership in Montana and has a lifelong love of cars. After college, he worked in newspaper advertising, publishing and printing. Barbara spent her early years in newspaper advertising before transitioning into real estate. Along the way Barbara has owned some interesting cars including at ’36 Ford five-window coupe, a 1963 Split Window Corvette Stingray and a Mercedes-Benz Gullwing. The couple lives in Washougal, Washington, and travels to Arizona and other hot spots regularly, while covering automotive launches, tests and events.
John Priddy is a Phoenix area 'near-native', automotive writer, photographer and artist. An avid auto enthusiast, John co-writes a regular column for www. LeftLaneNews.com. When he's not working on one of his two classic vehicles, he's apt to be painting a new auto-themed portrait or attending an automotive event of one sort or another. Whether it's a vintage race, swapmeet, or a classic car auction, if there's a event with a wheeled vehicle in it, you're likely to find him there.
International award-winning journalist Jill Amadio has covered the automotive and motorsports scene for 20 years. She writes a monthly column for Entrepreneur magazine, and also writes for AMI Auto World and www.thecarconnection.com. She has written for Road & Track and Conde Nast Publications, and her syndicated car column has appeared in the Washington Times, Houston Chronicle and 124 other newspapers. She was the first female syndicated automotive columnist for Gannett Newspapers. For five years Jill Amadio worked with the Skoal Bandit Indy Car, NASCAR, Can Am and drag racing programs as a publicist. The author of six books, her latest is a biography, “Günther Rall: Luftwaffe Ace and NATO General.”
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