My background in all things automotive began at the age of five, when siblings and friends tell me I began identifying the make and model of car by just the sound of its engine going down the street in front of our house in the small town on the south shore of Nova Scotia. Although I have been covering and writing about the automotive scene around the world for more than 40 years, the light still grows brightly, as does my love for my home province.
Throughout the years I have accumulated some knowledge and experience as you can see below. Friends and family have suggested I stay with the times, and begin this blog about all things automotive (e.g. from how to chose and care for a vehicle, to explaining emerging technologies), along with the some tips and tricks learned over the years and some safe driving information.
Through the years I have driven, raced, photographed and reported on thousands of cars from sand dunes and race tracks in Dubai and winter testing in Lapland to topping 300 km/hr. on the Autobahn. I’ve spent considerable time on test tracks and public roads in Japan and South Korea. On this side of the pond, from participating in the recreation of the Panamericana in Mexico, to several sessions north of the Artic Circle in winter. I have had the good fortune and pleasure of driving in all 50 states and our 10 provinces as well as the Territories.
I was a founding member of the Automobile Journalist Association of Canada and served on various board positions, including that of President for many years. I was involved from the outset with AJAC’s Canadian Car Of The Year program, chairing the event for several years. I am a member of AJAC’s Canadian Automotive Technology of the Year jury and one of three Canadians on the European-based International Engine Of The Year committee. I am a member of SAE – the Society of Automotive Engineers. The SAE is responsible for most of the standards and certification processes used in the auto and some other industries. It sets the standards for everything from motor oil and tires to measuring fuel economy and rating engine output.
I have been involved in driver training in Asia, Europe, and North America. I co-authored “Responsible Driving”, a high school driver training textbook used in the United States and edited the “How To Drive” manual used by public and private driver training schools in Canada and the U.S. My company – Advanced Driving Concepts – designed, developed, and conducted a variety of driver training programs, including collision avoidance, skid control and winter-driving techniques for novices, adults, mature operators and fleets in Canada and the U.S. I completed Master Instructor training at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was certified as a Master Instructor by NHTSA – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the AAA – American Automobile Association. I have recruited, and trained driving instructors, operated basic and advanced driving schools and consulted on a variety of highway safety programs in Canada and the United States. I am a member of the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals and the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association