About Curbside Classic: Us

Curbside Classic is a general interest automotive site with a special emphasis on documenting the older cars still on our streets, as well automotive history in general. A more detailed description of our mission and site is here. CC began in February of 2011, and has grown rapidly since then, attracting hundreds of thousands of Unique Visitors per month from around the globe. Here are some of the individuals who help make CC possible:

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Paul Niedermeyer : Founder/Publisher/Executive Editor

Paul has transformed a lifelong passion of checking out interesting cars parked on the street into Curbside Classic. Fed up with corporate life after a stint in television, Paul moved his family to Eugene, Oregon in 1993. On a walk in 2009 he encountered a battered 1972 Cadillac that inspired a story; the light bulb lit and he began to document and write about the old cars still plying the streets. Curbside Classics became one of the most popular series at TTAC.com, and in February of 2011, he founded CurbsideClassic.com to create a home for writers and readers that share a similar interest for everything automotive, but most of all older cars and history.

 

Editors and regular Contributors  (listed alphabetically):

Roger Carr

Roger Carr: Senior Editor

Roger lives in the UK and has suffered from being a car nut for many years. He graduated in Engineering from Coventry University, which is the nearest equivalent England has to Detroit. Coventry no longer builds any cars, but is still the engineering base for Jaguar and the University building names read like the list of exhibitors at the 1948 London Motor Show……

Roger’s main interest in this forum is to recall the mainstream but now less well remembered European cars and light commercials of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, but reserves the right to go “off piste” from time to time, to cover such things as the Mazda MX-5. He is also very interested in the British Leyland story, from Morris and Austin to the End, and is a volunteer guide and explainer for visitors to Nuffield Place, the home of William Morris, Viscount Nuffield, from 1933 to 1963.

He drives a Ford Fiesta and keeps a 1990 Mazda MX-5 for the summer weekends. The first car he crashed was an Austin miniMetro.

 


Jim Cavanaugh, Senior Editor
:  As a child, he never understood why the other kids would rather play somewhere other than in a car.  As a teen, he decided that if he traded frequently enough, he could eventually own one of everything.  When this plan revealed itself as impractical (it happened while spitting out rust during replacement of his fourth exhuast system in two years), he augmented his experiences by reading every source of car-related material he could get his hands on, while always trying to own and drive interesting cars.  He somehow looked up from cars long enough to get married and have three children who are now in high school and college.  When Jim is not thinking or writing about cars, he practices law in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he is always on the lookout for another Curbside Classic.

 

Jim Klein

Jim Klein, Senior Editor:  Having been born in Germany, Jim gained an early appreciation for everything to do with cars. Moving to Southern California in his formative years didn’t hurt in that regard either. Nowadays located in Northern Colorado, he still spends far too much time of his time looking at cars and contemplating his next purchase, currently not being very far away from having owned fifty different vehicles.

Over the years, his particular automotive interests have evolved and grown, early on there was a strong bent towards European cars, then Japanese cars began to impress him while in California, and now he is also very interested in domestic iron, both current and historic.  He credits Curbside Classic with the significant rise in interest for the domestics.  While every car has a story, Jim also believes that every car has a redeeming quality, a reason for being, no matter how mundane it may appear to be on the surface.”

 

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Jason Shafer: Senior Editor

Throughout his childhood, Jason was baffled why the people around him did not share his enthusiasm for automobiles.  Knowing that others were truly missing out, Jason fed his desire for automotive pursuits by devouring as many car related books as he could find.  This early education gave Jason a strong interest in everything self-propelled, with a healthy appreciation of pre-war cars and American cars from the 1960s and 1970s.
A licensed engineer, Jason’s professional career has included positions as a fleet manager and in highway safety.  He lives in Jefferson City, Missouri.
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David Saunders: Contributing Editor  
Dave is a self confessed car-aholic, he is slightly embarrassed to admit to owning well over thirty vehicles so far. Highlights include building a Lotus Seven style car, rare over here Reliant Scimitar GTE, and a handful of Russian SUVs. Located in Southern Alberta he has taken a particular interest in vehicles more unique to the Canadian market.

An industrial designer by education, Ed lives on a small farm in The Middle West where his attempts at small-scale farming regularly provide entertainment to the local “real” farmers. His sons both learned to drive in the same 1969 F-100 Ed did many years ago.

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Jim Grey: Contributing Editor

A lifelong Hoosier, Jim is also a lifelong car spotter. He got his start as a boy in the very late 1960s, sitting on the front stoop watching the cars go by and accurately identifying every one. He envied the boy up the street whose dad sold cars and brought a different demonstrator home every night. He could tell you what car sat in the garage of every neighbor within a three-block radius. He would tell you, if you didn’t stop him. It brings him tremendous joy to find cars that were common during his youth still on the road today. Jim makes software for a living and scratches his itch to write about non-car-related topics on his personal blog at http://blog.jimgrey.net.

 

Rubens Junior

Rubens Junior: Contributing Editor

I’m the third generation of my family who was involved with cars, my grandfather was auto mechanic and in his spare time he was part of the crew for a race car team.
My father also had a repair shop and we worked together for over 7 years. He was an amateur race driver (rally and road course) for many years perhaps that’s why I lean toward preformance cars for all my life.
I’m also passionate about motorcycles. I learned to ride a bike when I was 12 years old.
I am a Industrial Mechanical technician and finishing my studies to become a aeronautic maintenace  technician.
Since 2008 I’ve been working at Powertech.
 
I live in Curitiba, Brazil, the city is considered a “Hot Rod capital of the country

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Brendan Saur: Senior Editor

Obsessed with cars since his toddler years, Brendan used to name every car one the road from his car seat in the back of his mother’s Jeep, primarily relying on head- and taillights as identifiers in his pre-literate years. Brendan has also been an avid collector of 1/18 scale car models since around age 3 and of vintage car brochures since his early-teens. He hopes to some day be fortunate enough to start a collection of life-size cars.

A recent graduate of Suffolk University, Brendan possesses a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Marketing. He’s currently interning at a Marketing and PR agency in Boston, but still makes plenty time for his lifelong passion for cars.

Dave Skinner
Dave Skinner: Contributing Editor

Over the years, Dave has worked as a truck driver, technician, emissions instructor and technical writer. Currently, he works in the LA area for a major automotive manufacturer. Living here exposes him to many rust free Curbside Classics, including the occasional 1970’s Japanese or European survivor. His job also takes him to Japan from time to time, where he has captured several interesting US and Japanese Curbside Classics.

William Stopford

William Stopford: Senior Editor

William Stopford hails from Brisbane in Queensland, Australia but recently lived for a year in his favorite city, New York City. He is eager to move back there, but despite NYC boasting one of the world’s greatest public transport systems, he missed the joys of car ownership during his time there. Having been an active contributor on Curbside Classic while living in two different countries, William has been able to provide readers with articles from both an American and an Australian market perspective. He has been an enthusiast from a very young age, and was once pulled aside by his preschool teacher and asked to bring something other than car magazines for show and tell as he was “boring” the other children.