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Portfolio – Gearhead News

Gearhead News / Ledfoot News is a print publication aimed at automotive enthusiasts in the Midwest and the Chicagoland area in particular.  The magazine has a circulation of 40,000 and is available at more than 1,500 distribution spots in the region it serves.  I am a staff writer for Gearhead News / Ledfoot News and cover a number of different performance and hot rodding topics.

In 2011, Gearhead News changed its name to Ledfoot News.

Below you can find several examples of my Gearhead News / Ledfoot News articles.

Rick Bottom’s Taurus SHOx – An article focused on builder Rick Bottom’s 2010 Ford Taurus SHOx show car that was displayed at the 2010 edition of SEMA.  This was the cover story for the January – February issue of Gearhead News.

Matt Kaiser’s Volvo – This story discusses the build process of Matt Kaiser’s custom Volvo S60 sedan.

Rufus III – An interview with the owner of a very unique 1960’s era hot rod and show car.

Skip’s 1955 Chevy 210 Townsman Wagon – A closer look at Skip Tubbs’ modified Chevrolet wagon.

The Smazik’s ’58 Willys Fire Truck – A profile of the lovingly restored Willys Fire Truck belonging to the Smazik family.

The P-51 2006 Mustang – This article focuses on the 2006 Ford Mustang of Phil Bartnicki, which was inspired by the P-51 Mustang fighter plane.  This was the cover story for the November-December 2010 issue of Gearhead News.

Chad’s Custom VW Beetle – A piece that details the work behind Chad Ross’ rodded 1965 VW Beetle.

Project Speedy Delivery Update – Another dispatch outlining the work done on the Gearhead News Speedy Delivery ’49 Panel Truck.

V.I.G. – Paul Bryan – A profile and interview with broadcaster Paul Bryan, a Very Important Gearhead.

Supercharging 101 – An introduction to superchargers in high performance automotive applications.

Get Your Ride Ready For Winter – Tips on keeping your car safe and sound during an extended period of winter storage.

The Hot Rod Special – This piece interviews legendary builder Harry Willet about the Hot Rod Special, which won the 2009 ‘America’s Most Beautiful Roadster’ award at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California.  This was the cover story for the February – March issue of Gearhead News.

Speedy Delivery ’49 Ford Panel Truck Makeover – This article tracks the progress made on the restoration and build of the Gearhead News Speedy Delivery 1949 Panel Truck hot rod.

Turbo Charging for Beginners – An instructional guide for those interested in exploring turbo options for their car or truck.