Author Archive: John Matras

John 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 has been married for more that four decades to Mary Ann, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.

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Do you see what I see? Driving while talking, what’s safest

Do you see what I see? Driving while talking, what’s safest

There’s evidence that talking on a hands-free mobile phone while driving is just as dangerous as driving while holding a mobile phone and, aside from the obvious problem of not having enough hands for both driving and phone holding, it seems somewhat counterintuitive. After all, the first is just talking. But talking with someone in […]

October 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Toyota Camry XLE first drive review: Resuited

2015 Toyota Camry XLE first drive review: Resuited

This year should have had a mild facelift of the Toyota Camry. The current generation debuted in 2012, so for 2015—three years later—the Camry should be up for a for a new front and rear cap, perhaps a new dash and a few other running changes. But not this. The 2015 has a new body, […]

October 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Toyota Sienna SE Premium first drive review: True to the concept

2015 Toyota Sienna SE Premium first drive review: True to the concept

The Toyota Sienna is one of a decreasing number of minivans that has stayed true to the original concept. It seats up to eight in relative comfort, doubles as a stuff hauler, and can fit most garages. And even Mom can drive it. (That’s a joke, folks, based on the popular designation of the minivan […]

October 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
‘Mustang Bucket List Tour’ gets Mustang club owners to happily carry Ford’s water

‘Mustang Bucket List Tour’ gets Mustang club owners to happily carry Ford’s water

It may appear to be carrying coals to Newcastle, but Ford is traveling the country pitching the 2015 Ford Mustang to the Mustang faithful. The “Mustang Bucket List Tour” is hitting seven cities around the U.S., enticing Mustang club members to attend with a test drive the 2015 Mustang even before it hits dealer showrooms. […]

October 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
CarBuzzard celebrates its 1000th article with an article about 1000cc

CarBuzzard celebrates its 1000th article with an article about 1000cc

CarBuzzard is celebrating its one-thousandth article. Thanks to the combined efforts of Buzzardette BJ Killeen, Just-a-Buzzard Dave Boldt, Just-a-Buzzard Nick Yost, Just-a-Buzzard Ron Moorhead and Buzzard-in-Chief John Matras, we’ve rolled over the odometer with new car reviews, news and our views, old car stuff, tech and how to stuff, places to go, and the occasional […]

October 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye review: Drop the ‘e’ and nobody gets hurt

2014 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye review: Drop the ‘e’ and nobody gets hurt

Can we please drop the “e”? We know that Dodge is hyping its heritage with the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger, and that heritage dating to the Sixties includes the cloying use of the “European”—or is it that the Olde English—way to spell “rally.” But no, it really isn’t. So can’t we, while keeping the […]

October 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Volkswagen CC 2.0T Sport first drive review: For what it is

2015 Volkswagen CC 2.0T Sport first drive review: For what it is

It’s important from the start to understand exactly what the Volkswagen CC is…and isn’t. It isn’t a Passat. It isn’t a Jetta either. Although a four-door, the VW CC isn’t a straightforward sedan like the Passat or Jetta, the two models that make up the overwhelming percentage of Volkswagens sold in the U.S. It is, […]

October 6, 2014 | By | Reply More
Hot picks from Paris: 2014 Paris auto show standouts we’d like to own

Hot picks from Paris: 2014 Paris auto show standouts we’d like to own

There’s always neat stuff at Paris, and if we had a big enough garage, these are some we’d find a place to park: Bentley Mulsanne Speed: If the Bentley Mulsanne isn’t fast enough, might we suggest the Mulsanne Speed? The Speed lives up to its name with a “reengineered” powertrain, raising the output of its 6¾-litre […]

October 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack review: Packing 6.4 liters of scat*

2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack review: Packing 6.4 liters of scat*

The 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat is getting all the press, and at 707 horsepower, it certainly deserves a paragraph or two. But Dodge won’t sell very many of those. More significant to the man on the street, we’ll posit, is the 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack. At only 485 horsepower, it’s much more practical. Riiiiight. […]

September 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
1966 Alfa Romeo GTA: Faster than velour, carpet or radio

1966 Alfa Romeo GTA: Faster than velour, carpet or radio

There’s not much to the interior of an Alfa Romeo GTA. Memory fails all but the most important details, things like highly legible gauges, the Alfa-typical dogleg shifter, the bucket seats that hold the occupant like a miser holds his ledger. There’s the should-belt-only restraint system—no lap belt—that hopefully works better than it feels. Mamma […]

September 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
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