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Steve Parker
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I've been fortunate to have had one of the world's greatest jobs, a successful 30-year long career as an automotive journalist. If you’ve ever read a car, truck or motorcycle magazine or website, including those ranging from Motor Trend to Cycle World and of course, The Huffington Post, you’ve probably read my work or seen my photos.
Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Rockville Centre on Long Island, I spent my teenage and adult years in the headquarters of the car world, southern California. In time, the SEMA Show, Tokyo Motor Show, Los Angeles Auto Show and other major car events were on my annual schedule.

I’ve been honored with two Los Angeles-area Emmy Awards for my work as a television reporter (at KTLA/TV5 and KCBS/TV2 in Los Angeles), created, produced and hosted the first automotive radio show on a national commercial network, wrote a weekly car column for the national Times-Mirror Syndicate, and worked on the staffs of magazines including industry journal Automotive Fleet as well as Popular Mechanics, Petersen’s Four Wheel Off-Road and Race Boat and Industry News. I also hosted and produced a weekly automotive TV show for Time-Warner in Palm Springs, CA, where I lived for several years.

Other high points include working for Mickey Thompson and doing PR for his events, the first off-road stadium races ever, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, interviewed Jackie Stewart in his Hotel Bel Air bungalow, hanging out with Carroll Shelby and doing PR and marketing work for Gale Banks and Jim Wangers, marketer of the original Pontiac GTO, and I ghost-wrote his book, Glory Days. There were also several years as a successful freelance general interest writer, contributing to most of the airline in-flight magazines, collectible publications and health and fitness monthlies.

It's been a wild, fun ride which I hope continues for many more years. And thanks for your interest in my work. Right now I am working on a book project in another field tentatively titled "Surviving Your Health Care."

Entries by Steve Parker

"V to V" Will Make Driving Safer

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 10:26 AM

Vehicle-to-vehicle technology (V to V) is being tested by Ford which becomes the first major American carmaker to try and get cars and trucks to "talk" to each other.

Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx recently announced a favorable attitude to the development of V to V, which is the next step...

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The Sad Ironies in Paul Walker's Life and Death

(7) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 2:47 PM

The death of actor Paul Walker over the Thanksgiving holiday is as full of sad ironies as any of the scripts of the many movies he might have made in the years to come.

The first, obvious and most powerful ironic comparison, especially to those of us in southern California's...

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Hydrogen EVs All the Rage at Auto Shows

(2) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 11:50 AM

It's been a big news week for electric cars, but it's specifically what's used to make the electricity for certain electric vehicles that's brought the headlines.

Honda, Hyundai and Toyota all announced they will have hydrogen-powered cars for sale by 2015. The news was made during media days for the...

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Biggest Day for Women in Racing History

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2013 | 5:30 PM

Sunday was the biggest day for women in the history of auto racing.

Danica Patrick, by virtue of being fastest in qualifying at the Daytona Motor Speedway, won the pole position, a first for a woman, meaning she'll start first in next week's Daytona 500 NASCAR event. It's the first...

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Toyota's $1 Billion Settlement -- What You Don't Know

(1) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 2:44 PM

A few important points most reports have not had concerning the over-$1 billion Toyota unintended acceleration class action lawsuit settlement, and Toyota's industry domination:

  • The settlement covers only Toyota Motor Corporation vehicle owners and lessees whose cars may have lost value because of the problems.
  • Lawsuits concerning those...
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Car Safety 2013: 32,000 Dead -- Where's the Outrage?

(3) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 1:43 PM

Some 32,367 people died in motor vehicle accidents in 2011. That's nearly 100 a day dying on our nation's highways, yet any apparent outrage remains muted at best.

Though the figure is the lowest in decades, it's still an outrage in a country where education, technology and awareness...

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EVs - 5 remains the magic number

(11) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 1:12 PM

Whatever happened to electric cars?

The Nissan Leaf, America's only true mass-produced EV, remains a slow seller. Sales of the Chevrolet Volt (really a hybrid and not an EV) are so disappointing that General Motors has shut down production for "inventory adjustments". Other EV models, such as the Tesla, are...

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Nissan's 2012 Versa

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 11:31 AM

Nissan's Versa is a peppy, good-looking minicar that packs a lot of value.

Our tester was priced a bit more than $13,600 and was a basic car: hand-crank windows, hand-adjusted side-view mirrors, manual door locks and no tachometer. But it did come with air conditioning, a serviceable stereo, and a...

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Big Willie Robinson, 69, King of the Street Racers

(2) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 4:18 PM

"Big" Willie Robinson, founder and president of the International and National Brotherhood of Street Racers, died this past Saturday. He was 69.

Robinson, 6'6" and over 300 pounds, was the epitome of the gentle giant. He was not only a fixture of Los Angeles car culture, he was THE fixture,...

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Steve McQueen Car Show!

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 4:57 PM

Most weekend car shows have a tie-in with a charity. Either the audience pays an admission price, the people putting their cars on display pay a fee or there's a combination of the two.

This system has worked well for decades well and benefits the community and the car culture....

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Carroll Shelby Dies at 89

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 10:27 AM

His friends called him Ol' Shel', and I was lucky enough to be a bit more than an acquaintance.

Carroll Shelby, who directed the effort in which Ford beat Ferrari at LeMans in 1965 and shocked the automotive world has died at 89. Shelby was one of the world's longest-living...

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Gas Prices Up, Car Profits Down

(8) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 3:52 PM

Even though car sales are near doubling in some parts of the country, the result of high gas prices combined with those improved sales could mean lower profits for car companies doing business in the U.S.

Why?

Because the profit margins on smaller, high fuel mileage cars, trucks and S.U.V.'s...

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Drag Racing Returns

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2012 | 9:00 AM

Warren Johnson's kid Allen, Kenny Bernstein and Brandon and John Force's daughter Courtney. Even Alexis DeJoria, daughter of shampoo, tequila and pet food magnate John Paul DeJoria.

They all raced this weekend (February 9 to 12) on the 1,000-foot drag strip at Pomona, CA, (about 30 miles east of...

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GM Claims Number One Sales Crown -- Again

(4) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 6:51 PM

It's been three years and the Bush Depression since General Motors could claim to be the world's best-selling automaker. Before that, some 70 years had passed since there was another #1 car-and-truck-seller in the world besides GM.

But they can wear that crown now, and Toyota once again takes a...

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Motor Racing, 2012

(11) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 4:11 PM

NASCAR gets ancient throttle body fuel injection to replace ancient carburetors, Formula 1 still isn't coming to America and IndyCar is striving to just stay alive. Let's take a stroll...

NASCAR - The best thing for the sport is that Jimmie Johnson did not win a sixth consecutive championship in...

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Chrysler And China Drive Auto Market

(20) Comments | Posted December 27, 2011 | 11:29 AM

What were the biggest automotive stories of 2011?

There were certainly plenty to choose from. From GM offering to buy back every one of the 6000-or-so Volt hybrids which were sold, and had a tendency, in testing, to catch fire after an accident, to Toyota announcing plans to produce more...

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EPA Rates Volt and Leaf: What's Your Choice?

(9) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 10:00 AM

As USA Today might say, "Okay, America, time to make up our minds!"

No more wondering, guessing, dreaming or conjecturing (someone ask Ms. Palin if that's a word); we now officially know enough about these cars of the future to say we love or hate them.

What cars?

What...

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Jimmie Johnson Should Quit NASCAR

(31) Comments | Posted November 24, 2010 | 8:40 AM

We have a big stage in this country, but the fame it offers is short-lived.

This peculiar "Here today, gone tomorrow" American phenomenon is nowhere more powerful than in the world of sports.

Now, after winning a fifth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title championship, it's time for racing phenomenon...

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GM a Winner, But Dangers Still Lurk

(8) Comments | Posted November 19, 2010 | 8:29 AM

As TV's Craig Ferguson often says, "It's a great day for America, everybody!" It was also quite a day for General Motors.

The company raised more than $18 billion in the largest and most successful Initial Public Stock Offering in history, has now paid the federal government back more than...

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Getting Cars and Trucks Ready for Winter

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2010 | 10:40 AM

As cars and trucks have gotten to the advanced stage they are in today, the idea of "winterizing" your bad ride has taken on new meaning. These days, for instance, getting ready for the new and potentially harsh season involves the driver and his or her driving skills as much...

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