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.
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 […]
While everyone was running from press conference to press conference trying to get photos of all the new vehicles and concepts coming to showrooms soon, one small area behind the FCA stand caught our attention, and we had to stop for a moment to remember the past before returning to the future. What we’re talking […]
Once again, auto manufacturers brought a lot of eye candy to Cobo Center for the 2015 North American International Auto Show, fondly called NAIAS. By the time the snow had cleared, we saw 55 vehicle introductions, walked over 15 miles of convention center aisles and, according to the NAIAS website, drank thousands of bottles of […]
Subaru is an interesting brand; it’s perfectly content to sit out of the limelight as grab enough attention to be successful. While Ford, and GM and FCA fight it out year after year for total dominance, Subaru (much like Kia) continues to plod along, slowly climbing in sales. I’ll bet if we asked you where […]
We are a country of worriers. We worry if we have enough money to cover the mortgage each month. We worry if the cat gets sick. We worry when we have to fly internationally. And we especially worry when a loved one is driving on the freeway. At night. In bad weather. We know most […]