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.
There are few things more satisfying than driving a high-performance vehicle in the way for which it is intended. We recently had a chance to spend some time with the all-new 2015 Lexus RC lineup, including the RC 350, RC 350 F-Sport, and performance-focused RC-F. Lexus was smart enough to know that, while the RC […]
October 1957 was an extremely busy month in the United States, with lots of big news being made. On the 4th, the Soviet Union sent Sputnik into orbit, launching the Space Age. On the 8th, the Dodgers confirmed that they were leaving Brooklyn and heading to Los Angeles, and on the 30th, a Buzzardette was […]
Remember that old commercial, when EF Hutton talks, people listen? Well, Warren Buffet is talking with his money, and we’re listening. Berkshire Hathaway, Buffet’s giant money-making machine, has just announced it will be purchasing Van Tuyl Group, Inc., which is the fifth largest auto dealership group in the country. There are close to 80 dealerships […]
Yes, it’s true. The people-mover portion of the automotive market is one of the few moving down the ladder instead of up. The minivan segment has been seriously maligned with a case of “unhipness,” and families jumped ship as fast as the captain on the Titanic when the next cool thing (crossovers) came along. The […]
Sunset at the Ranch Howdy, pardner. So glad you stopped by. Set a spell, and let me get you some sarsaparilla. It’ll cool ya right down. People in town said you was riding West, visitin’ towns, on the look out for a good yarn. Well, I got one for ya. I know I’m just a […]
Subaru is one of those automotive manufacturers that fly quietly under the radar, making great cars, doing great things for the world, and pleasing the most loyal customers in the industry. Its lineup of eight vehicles includes everything from the sporty and highly acclaimed BRZ, to the wild rally beast WRX STI, to the competent […]
The Juke has been around for a few years, and while many consider it the Steve Buscemi of the compact SUV segment, after a while it grows on you. Those bug eyes and awkward stance have scared off some buyers, but those who are willing to take a chance will be rewarded with a fun […]
By David Boldt (posted by BJ Killeen) I first knew him as Bret Maverick in the series of the same name. And while that series constituted a nice respite (long before knowing what a respite was) from the Gunsmokes and Bonanzas of the day, it was James Garner’s role in John Frankenheimer’s Grand Prix that […]
It’s hard to believe that the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) plant has been around for nearly a decade. HMMA is Hyundai’s first U.S. manufacturing facility, and it is a testament to what a company and people can do, not only when it comes to building cars, but also when it comes to building a […]
No one can predict the future. Especially the automotive industry when it comes to propulsion. We know fossil fuels are finite, and that there truly is no such thing as a totally clean vehicle because all types of power generation cause some emissions somewhere, even if it’s not coming from the tailpipe. Which means manufacturers […]