Memoirs of life as seen and experienced through cars

Paul Niedermeyer’s Auto-Biography Series:

Genesis (Innsbruck 1953-1960)

The Trip of a Lifetime: Douglas DC-8 to America

High Speed Assimilation: NYC 1960 

Getting Religion: The Cult Of GM 1961-1964

Sometimes It Is About the Destination: 1962 Ford Fairlane

The Facts Of Life Revealed 

Autology: Advanced Studies In Automotive Obsession

Tractor Driving Maniac

Loyalties Tested

Childhood’s End

D Stands For (First) Drive:

Illicit Drugs Of Choice

Learning From Big Brother: 1957 MGA

Getting Paid To Break(In) New 1971 Fords

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxie 500 And Other Rides

Somewhere West of Ogallala: 1969 Plymouth Fury

The Tilt-A-Vair 

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Bug Tales:  Bug Tale 1: The Rolling Igloo   Bug Tale 2: Timing Is Everything

Bug Tale 3: Beyond Drafting   Bug Tale 4: Abrupt Change Of Consciousness

Super-Duty Truckin’


Bus We Must: Iowa City Transit Bus Driver

The Dream-mobile: 1968 Dodge A100 Van

Indelible Corolla Memories

How I Came To Be A Professional Pre-Production Test Driver of the Pontiac Iron Duke Engine 

Peugeot 404: The Holy Grail Found

No Dream Car: 1968 MGB-GT

1980 Buick Skylark: I Gave Up A Peugeot 404 For A GM Deadly Sin And it Wasn’t All That Bad

1983 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe: Eco-Boosted Ego-Booster

1985 Jeep Cherokee: Fifteen Years of Mommie Mobiling and Mountain Goating

1986 Mercedes 300E (W124) And The Birth of Telemundo: Dreams Fulfilled, Dreams Dashed

Chronologically later chapters:

The Game Of Foxes (1983)

The Great American Anti-Towing Conspiracy (1985)

Maserati Dreamin’ (2009)

(Immobile) Curbside Classics: One Coming Down (2011)

Glacier Or Bust: Zen And The Art of Roadside Repairs (2011)

My New Curbside Classic: Peugeot 404 (2012)

Confessions of a JC Whitney Catalog Abuser  (2012)

Tinnibus: The VW Samba  (2013)

2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: Not An Impulse Buy (For A Change)

Charles Platt

The Corporation: The Story of My Father, a GM Executive  by Charles Platt  Part 1   Part 2  Part 3

Olds 442 Trans Am Part Time

Two Poets; One Chevelle

Rust Bucket Heaven (1967 Buick Gran Sport 400)

Blowout? No Worries

Adam Simpson

The Ultimate Car Of A Lifetime: I’ve Owned It Since I Was Three – 1959 Volkswagen

1988 VW Jetta GL: Oh Mk2 How I Miss You

Jim Klein: The Cars Of A Lifetime Series

1979 Mazda 626 Coupe – The First Of Forty Cars And Bikes

1980 Audi 4000 – The Boy Embraces His Heritage

1972 Chevrolet Concours Wagon – American Iron! (Or American Icon?)

1980 Suzuki GS450 – Technically A “MOAL”, Or Who Needs Four Wheels?

1986 Isuzu I-Mark – That’s No Lie!

1986 VW GTI – Kick A Little Asphalt!

1988 Buick LeSabre T-Type – A Young Man Buys An Old Man’s Car

1984 Audi Coupe GT – A Trivial Pursuit Into Personal Rationalization

1995 Volkswagen Jetta GL Mk3 – That New Car Smell Wears Off Quickly…

1984 Kawasaki GPz550 – Let The Good Times Roll!

1982(?) Subaru DL 4WD Wagon – Like The Energizer Bunny!

1986 Toyota Cressida – Stately Elegance

1996 VW GTI – How’d They Get Rid Of The Fahrvergnugen?

1993.5 Infiniti G20 – Ahead Of Its Time?

1998 Ford Explorer XLT V8 – Rollin’ In My 5.0…

1987 Yamaha FZ700 – The One-Year Tariff-Beater

1990 Volvo 740 Turbo Wagon – In Sweden, They Spell Panther Without An “H”

1998 Honda Civic GX – I Was An Early Car-Sharing Study Guinea Pig

1993 Audi S4 – My 18th Vehicle So Far In This Series But The First One I Really Wish I Still Had

2001 Volvo V40 – The Little Swede With The Big Heart

1990 Audi Coupe quattro: I Averaged Under Two Miles Per Month Of Ownership

1995.5 Audi S6 Avant – I Found My Unicorn But Let It Go Free…

Kawasaki KLR650 – Is This The Jeep Cherokee Of The Motorcycle World?

2002 Jaguar X-Type 2.5 AWD – A Significantly Better Car Than The Internet Would Have You Believe

1999 Toyota Land Cruiser – Captain Stubing, Your Ship Awaits!

1988 VW GTI 16v – Must. Stop. Browsing. Craigslist.

2005 Saab 9-2X Aero – I Prefer My Sushi With A Side Of Lingonberry Sauce

1998 Buick Regal GS – Yes As A Matter of Fact I Would Rather Have A Buick!

1992 Mercedes-Benz 400E – The Sleeper

1992 Mazda Miata – Why Did I Not Have One Of These Yet?

2004 Nissan Murano SL 4WD – The Trophy Wife Of Cars

1985 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce – Ciao, Baby!

2005 Toyota Sienna XLE – The Love That Dareth Not Speak Its Name

2008 Honda Civic EX – My Vanilla Pudding

1998 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4WD – God Bless America!

2008 Honda Civic Hybrid – The Kenmore Of Cars

2011 Toyota RAV4 AWD – Uncommonly Good

2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L – Ridden Hard And Put Away Wet

2003 Saab 9-3 2.0t – Scratching An Itch

2012 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Lux – So Far, So Good!

2002 Porsche Carrera – My Daily Driver Is A Keeper!

2011 Mercedes GL450 4Matic – Straight Outta Tuscaloosa!

2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited – Oh, We Hardly Knew Ye

2014 Chrysler 300C AWD – WDJB: What Did Jim Buy?

2016 Toyota Highlander XLE AWD – The Gold Standard

David Saunders

1978 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 – My Second First Car

An Unexpected First “Car”

2000 Chrysler Neon: A Good Car (Really!)

1974 Triumph Spitfire 1500: The Ideal First Classic Car

1988 Ford Taurus Station Wagon: An Attempt At A Beater

Another Pony Car: 1996 Ford Mustang GT

We Managed To Buy The One Unreliable Honda Civic

1988 Ford Bronco II: The Busting Bronco


Jason Shafer

A Convergence of Transmissions, House Painting, Post-Partum Aggression, and Rental Trucks  

1975 Ford Thunderbird – Preparing for Flight

Keith Thelen

1971 Chevelle Sedan: Easy Come, (Not So) Easy Go

Tyson Hugie

1994 Acura Legend LS Coupe – Half Million Miler


1989 Saleen Mustang: 25 Years Together And Still Going Strong

Kevin Martin

1963 Chevy Bel Air

Cars of My Girlfriends: 1967 Austin Healey 3000


Bikes of a Lifetime: Honda 450 Nighthawk – The Best First Bike


1979 Mustang Turbo: The “Old” “All New” Mustang

Brendan Saur

1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo – If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, Then It Probably Is (My Mom’s Ex-COAL) 

1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo – Rotor Eater (My Mom’s Ex-COAL)

2004 Toyota Highlander – My First Car

2010 Acura TSX V6 – I Picked A Winner

Mother’s Day Feature: The Cars Of My Mother