Ah, yes. I love my job because sometimes I get to write articles with fascinating story lines, long-ish word counts, and fantastic pictures. Like this one for the New York Times Autos section, on the Allure of the Automobile at Portland Art Museum this summer.
The cars themselves were great, beautiful, worthy of art museum treatment. But the really interesting part came in talking to Don Urquhart, who was in charge of the logistics of bringing in some of the largest, heaviest passenger cars ever built. Also some of the most rare and expensive vehicles on the planet. No pressure.
I got to report this story in the way I like best. I did preliminary research and interviews to make sure I knew what I was talking about, then hung out at the museum for something like seven hours the day the first eight or nine cars were moved in. I watched Steve McQueen’s racing Jag drip oil onto the cardboard placed on the museum floor and heard the Le Mans-winning Ferrari get fired up. I watched a guy’s hand get pinched between an expensive outdoor statue and a more expensive 70-year-old tank of a car. I heard his friend make fun of him.
I had written a draft with 400 words too many the week before; when I got home that night, I had to add the precise details I had witnessed that day and cut lots of extraneous bits. I turned it in that night (only 200 words over my assigned count), it was on my editor’s desk in New York the next morning, and it was online — along with a gorgeous slide show by Leah Nash — by Friday.
My latest article for the New York Times, this time on the Brammo Enertia electric motorcycle, made print yesterday. It came out just in time for the Enertia’s world debut in New York on Tuesday — though the bike is made in Ashland, Oregon.
My first post for the “Wheels” blog in the New York Times Autos section went up yesterday. Richard Chang is the guy in charge of the blog, and he even left in my favorite bit, about wide, American … roads.
Here’s my latest article for the New York Times Autos section, about Electrathon America. I wrote it short, then it got long, then it went back to being short. But it turned out fine. It even made the rounds on the Oregon Electric Vehicle Association‘s email list.
If you’d like to read it as a PDF, it’s on my “Clips” page, too.
Here’s a link to my latest New York Times article, about the Isuzu Trooper that runs on wood chips. I’ll get a PDF in my clips sometime in the next couple of days. It took almost a week’s worth of edits and rewrites and expansions, but I’m happy with how it turned out. What started as a 350-word sidebar became a full-fledged article.
I just finished (I think) the last round of edits for a story I did on Robert “Chip” Beam’s wood-chip-powered Isuzu Trooper. It’ll be in the Sunday New York Times, probably in just the metro edition. But you can always look it up online at nytimes.com/autos, and I’ll post it here on my Clips page.
Here’s the link to the story I wrote for the Times on EV dealerships carving out space for a new market. Thanks to Steve Sharer at Ecomotion, Taryn Sokolow at EnVironmental Motors, and Darlene Kelly at Davis Motors for their time.
I have another article in the Sunday Times this week, this time on EV dealerships. It will run in the New York metro area edition, not the national edition, but it will be on the Web site, available everywhere you can get an internet connection. Oh, and I think you still have to log in. Check www.nytimes.com on Sunday (or any day after that) to read about the latest in auto dealerships.
Well, obviously not, since I didn’t know about this post on Autobloggreen.com until today. Since I’m now, as a RiverWired.com blogger, monitoring Autobloggreen’s every post, I’m happy to see that my article in the November 25 edition of the NY Times was worth a mention.
I just got the PDF proof of my latest article for the New York Times, and it looks pretty good. I’ve been working on this article, about drag racing electric vehicles, for a couple of months, so I’m glad to see it hit print the weekend after Thanksgiving. Also, this article will be in the national edition, not just the city edition, so anyone near a big bookstore or Starbucks should be able to find me and some of the guys of NEDRA on page six of the Autos section.