TB’s journey into automotive journalism has been a long road. The road is paved with piles of car mags under the bed, Porsche posters in glass frames, and pushing the limits of whatever car he is driving.
His car passion started out like many other kids, with an obsession for mechanical toys from day one. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1982, Tom’s family moved to Chicago in 1985.
There, he discovered an *amazing* new candy called Skittles, which was brand new at the time and not available anywhere in the South yet. He sent bags to his old pals in Charlotte.
Growing up in the Chicago suburbs was filled with Construx, big-wheels, two-wheeler bikes, R/C cars, Ariens lawn-mowers and neighborhood sports year-round.
Auto shows were a feast of gathering bags and bags of the newest brochures. Cut out and made into collages, the auto show was heaven. Weeks of bulletin boards and Blu-tac bedroom wall art would follow.
A few significant updates mark out the 2014 Dodge Charger SRT, but boy are they hard to find in this old-looking package. An active air intake and modified lifters join new adaptive dampers and finally some wheel-mounted paddles for the aging AutoStick transmission. The 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 now (...)
The all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue crossover broke cover today ahead of its arrival in U.S. showrooms this November. The biggest news for the Rogue is a hugely revamped interior layout and level of tech integration. Now offering a third row of seats, for a total of seven seats, the Rogue also (...)
As the Jaguar product renaissance continues full-steam ahead with the XQ-type crossover’s reveal, there is even more excitement back home with the debut of the Eagle Low Drag GT. Sharing the lawn with dozens of other priceless exotics, the Eagle Low Drag GT applies the same priceless supercar (...)
Toyota announced the 2014 Tacoma’s updates and revised pricing this week, and the best-selling Tacoma line actually has some meaningful interior tech for the new model year. Very modest price increases average only about $100 per model, so this is still one of the toughest-ever pickup trucks in (...)
When it comes to Mr. Snuggles (Kobe Bryant) and his West Coast Customs’ 1963 Impala SS Convertible, it seems that having $100,000,000 in the bank will change a man’s taste in automobiles. From this air-ride and 808-thumping beast, Kobe’s previous taste in cars was not quite as universally (...)
The 2014 STI risks getting lost in the shuffle of the next-gen WRX’s launch at this fall’s Los Angeles auto show. As is customary for Subaru when upgrading the Impreza-based models, the next-gen STI will follow the regular WRX as a projected 2016 model year intro. That is more than enough time (...)
The latest VW Beetle upgrades from ABT Sportsline add some real machismo to the styling, performance and handling of this lovable coupe and ragtop. Typically sold on a individual basis, the full ABT kit is also available to turn a stock Beetle into something much more sinister. The beauty of (...)
The bi-annual Frankfurt Auto Show is easily the most important in the world, battling with Geneva and Detroit for the most important reveals. A gentleman’s agreement sees Frankfurt and Paris alternate every other year, so each can hog the limelight and be the year’s prime spectacle — larger than (...)
The Nissan Maxima’s replacement is finally on track for arrival next fall as a 2015 or early-2016 model, with a shift in focus toward performance to better differentiate Nissan’s flagship sedan from the popular (but bland) Altima sedan. Exclusive TopSpeed Renderings show a speculative preview (...)
A Moroccan supercar is not an oxymoron. The 2013 Laraki Epitome Concept is a prototype showing off the otherworldly style of this $2,000,000 exotic, with nine production cars possible for sale. There are dozens of really worthwhile supercar startup companies out there, and car guys generally (...)