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:
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. In 2007, he started writing for thetruthaboutcars.com, and later was the Managing Editor of that site. 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 of Eugene. Curbside Classics became one of the most popular series at TTAC.com, and in February of 2011, Paul 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 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.
Robert Forrest, Contributor: Robert Forrest is a British car designer based in Munich, Germany. Previously he has worked and lived in England and Japan, where he also wrote restaurant reviews. These days he pays for his own food.
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.
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.
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.
A self-described car guy, Brendan has been car obsessed every since he began talking and would name every car on the road based on their headlights and taillights. Over the course of his childhood and early teen years, through books, magazines, and the world wide web, Brendan was able to self-educate and retain a vast knowledge of cars and the automotive industry in both the current and historic contexts.
A 2015 Suffolk University graduate, Brendan possesses his Bachelor’s in Marketing. Residing in the greater Boston area, he is putting his passion for cars to greater use and currently pursuing a career as a MINI Product Genius for MINI/BMW. The front line of product knowledge, his job is to know all the features, functions, and benefits of MINI’s systems, as well as communicate them to the client in simple USA Today English. Acting as a liaison between the client and salesperson, as a MINI Genius, Brendan serves as a continuing resource for technical support upon delivery and in the after sale.
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 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.
Don believes the 1963 Ferrari 250GT Lusso and 1971 Buick Estate Wagon to be the twin peaks of automotive styling and his work on Curbside Classic is predicated upon trying to establish this as an axiomatic truth. Based in Melbourne, Australia, his true identity must remain concealed as he is presently wanted for offences involving rotten tomatoes and fastback SUV/CUVs.