Author Archive: BJ Killeen
BJ, 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.
The Fabulous Fords Forever (FFF) event held at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, is celebrating its 30th year. It’s one of the largest gatherings of Ford and Ford-related products in the country, and is the place to go to see Mustangs, one-off customs, trucks, and Lincoln Mercury vehicles. For 2015, FFF celebrates 50 […]
There’s a phenomenon that occurs when you test drive different cars on a regular basis. I don’t think there’s a formal name for it, but it happens all the time. No matter what vehicle you’re driving, you tend to notice (or notice a lack of) the same exact vehicle on the road; a type of […]
The Fiat 500 1957 Edition is a good way to celebrate the anniversary of the 500. Now there’s a special edition of the special edition: the Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio. If one is good, two must be better. At least that’s what the Fiat brand is thinking. The limited-production model features a premium dual-layer […]
The necessity for technology and connectivity in vehicles today has led automakers and designers down a frustrating path of interior packaging. Buttons and knobs took up real estate for decades on the dash. Then along came the touchscreen, and the buttons and knobs vanished, only to return hastily once complaining began from customers who just […]
A lot of car manufacturers agonize over changing the name of an established vehicle. Most of the time, it’s a bad decision. Take the Ford Taurus for example. First it was a Taurus, then the 500, then Taurus again. And if that wasn’t confusing enough, Ford made a Taurus X, which really threw everyone for […]
Electric vehicles are polarizing (no pun intended). People either love them or hate them. We love them because they make us less dependent on fossil fuel, but hate them because we need to rely on electricity instead. We love them because we can use the HOV lanes on the highway in rush-hour traffic, but hate […]
A long time ago, my dad took me and my three siblings to the NHRA drag races in Pomona. I must have been eight years old, and all I remember is the smell of rubber for days, and my mom combing chunks of burned tire out of my hair. I think that was the last […]
The Chicago Auto Show is the industry equivalent of third base. As Matras said in Part I: first comes LA, then NAIAS, then Chicago, and finally New York; these four make up the top shows in the country. And while Chicago news and reveals may not match the glitz and glamour of Detroit, we love […]
While many people travel to Detroit in January in the cold weather for the North American International Auto Show, the really smart people head west to attend the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. The GNRS is one of the largest car shows for customs and classics, and it’s where they hand out the […]
Let’s play a game. You’ve recently been hired as a designer at FCA, and have been assigned the Jeep division, tasked with creating a new, small SUV. You’re must be creative, but it’s mandatory you also incorporate all the design cues that make it instantly identifiable as a Jeep vehicle. What do you do? Chances […]