Our Writers

Peter Hubbard

Peter-Headshot 1Peter Hubbard is a veteran auto journalist with over 30 years of experience covering the US auto industry. He began his auto media career in 1984 as the Transportation Editor for The Houston Post, which had a circulation of 350,000. During his 10 years at the paper he reviewed over 500 vehicles and has written nearly 700 product reviews during his career. He also was the founder and first president of the Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA). Since 1994 TAWA has hosted the Texas Truck Rodeo, where over 70 autowriters select the “Trucks of Texas.” He also co-hosted the “Hubbard & Herr on Wheels” radio call-in car-talk show on Houston’s KPRC-AM 950 from 1988 to 1992.

After the Post was sold he worked briefly in automotive custom publishing and media relations, creating publications for the former Hi-LO Auto Supply (now part of O’Reilly’s) and Chief Auto Parts (now part of AutoZone). His media relations clients have included Nissan’s PR agency, Porter-Novelli, the Volo Antique Auto Auction and SVRA race driver and network news auto analyst and commentator, Lauren Fix.

Since 1995 he has used the “Automotive Ink” label for his various auto writing and editing activities. His byline has appeared in over a dozen different newspapers across the country, including the New York Times Syndicate, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Chicago Copley Newspapers. From 1999 to 2002 he was editor of Accessory Business, a national truck accessory trade magazine published by Cygnus Business Media. His magazine credits include stories for Automotive News, AutoWeek, Truck Trend, SEMA News and Ward’s Auto World. He has also has written for 10 different web sites over the years, including Cars.com, TheCarConnection.com, PickupTrucks.com, ChicagoAutoShow.com, CircuitoftheAmericas.com — and now CarBuzzard.com.

BJ Killeen

bj-killeenBJ, one of the first female automotive journalists in the country, has been testing and writing about automobiles for almost three decades. A former Road Test Editor for Motor Trend magazine. BJ now freelances for numerous automotive titles and websites. She is the Road Test Editor and co-host of “Driver’s Talk” Radio, a simultaneous vodcast/broadcast that is heard in over a dozen markets across the country as well as on the internet and Stitcher.

BJ is a multiple winner of the prestigious IAMC awards, including the “Best of Radio,” and has served as a judge on numerous automotive competitions, including Concept Vehicle of the Year.

A big racing fan, her love of automobiles started early, having been exposed to the field through her father, who owned an assortment of collector classics, such as a ’61 Austin-Healey 3000, a ’641⁄2 Mustang, and other vehicles. BJ, a native Southern Californian, is married to automotive photographer Scott Killeen, and is a two-year past president of the Motor Press Guild, the organization that represents almost 900 automotive journalists and industry representatives across the country.

BJ and Scott (Team Killeen), are publishers of the BUILD BOOK, a serial publication that follows the build of one custom vehicle from start to finish.

Nick Yost

nick-yostNick has been an avid observer of all things automotive almost since birth and has been writing professionally about cars, trucks and the industry for more than 30 years.

He is the author of The Essential Hybrid Car Handbook and was the long-time automotive editor for the Reading (Pa.) Eagle and Times. His articles have appeared in a variety of magazines, including The Robb Report and Men’s Health, and he has written for a variety of auto industry-related Web sites.

He is also a member and former director of the International Motor Press Assn., a New York-based organization of more than 500 automotive journalists and auto industry executives.

Ron Moorhead

ron-moorheadRon is a veteran of the automotive industry, developing his keen ability for relating how a vehicle performs from days spent on race tracks, country roads and highways around the world. Ron spends hundreds of miles behind the wheel of nearly every new vehicle produced, just as he has over the last three decades. He has been on the inside of the industry having worked for major vehicle manufacturers. Ron continues to have an inside track to executives, engineers and designers learning the why and what on design, engineering and marketing of all the current and popular vehicles.

Not only is Ron familiar with the heat out on the race track he is familiar with another type of heat, real fire. He has spent thirty years dousing flames as an urban and wildland firefighter. Ron also continues to be a nationally recognized instructor in personal safety and protection.

Depending on the type of vehicle, Ron not only tests at the limits on the race track and off-road trails such as the Rubicon, he lives with each vehicle through day to day life. He experiences the vehicles in ways owners normally would never think of.

Ron’s work has appeared in major automotive and life style publications, such as Motor Trend, Popular Mechanics, New York Times, Auto World, Car Australia and Better Homes & Gardens. His work has appeared on hundreds of newspapers and websites and continues to be referenced by many for his expertise and knowledge.

David Boldt

david-boldt-headshot-casualDavid began his automotive career in a BMW showroom (1979 thru 1985), followed by management positions for Ferrari, Lotus and Alfa Romeo dealerships. He moved to automotive journalism in 1993, building an automotive section for a small network of Dallas-area community newspapers. In the almost twenty years since, David has written for a variety of regional and national outlets, and managed media relations for a Japanese OEM.

Away from the laptop, he enjoys motorcycles (his current ride is an ’04 Guzzi V11 LeMans), bicycling (Salsa road bike, Soma hardtail) and reading (CarBuzzard.com). His wife Tina is an executive director for an accounting firm. Tina and Dave have two adult children; son Sean is in the U.S. Army, while daughter Lauren pursues a LA-based career in dance.

John Matras

john-matrasJohn is a veteran auto writer, first published in Custom Rodder magazine in 1980. Since then, he has been published in all the big car magazines, including Car and Driver, Road & Track, Motor Trend, Auto Week, Automobile, plus a variety of others, including but certainly not limited to Automobile Quarterly, Collectible Automobile, and Special Interest Automobiles. John’s work has also been featured in a number of consumer and general interest magazines such as Consumers Digest, Popular Science and others.

John has written four books, including a history of the Mazda RX-7 (selling for more out-of-print than it did new), buyers’ guides for Mazda, Datsun/Nissan and Volvo cars, and is co-author of 365 Cars You Must Drive with Motor Trend editor Matt Stone, and his work has been translated into Italian, Estonian, Portuguese, Russian, and Bulgarian. John is recipient of the prestigious Ken Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism, awarded by the International Motor Press Association, and the Golden Quill from the Washington Automotive Press Association.

John has three adult daughters and is married to Mary Ann, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, and drives a 1990 Mazda Miata when he’s not behind the wheel of a test car or chained to a keyboard.