WHAT IS THIS SITE ABOUT?
Ate Up With Motor provides in-depth histories of interesting cars and the people behind them. It primarily focus on older cars, but we may occasionally talk about newer models if they’re interesting enough. (Click here for more on what we consider interesting.)
Each article will tell you:
- How that car came to be.
- Who designed it.
- Why it was designed the way it was and the context in which it was developed.
- How well it worked (or didn’t!).
- Whether it succeeded or failed commercially and why.
- What lessons we can take from it and why it’s significant today.
HOW CAN I FIND AN ARTICLE ON MY FAVORITE CAR?
Easy! Try one of the following options:
- Browse the Manufacturers Index. If you’re a Ford fan, love Chevrolets, or your heart beats only for MG, this page will show you all the articles we have on that make.
- Browse our list of Model Histories by Type. We’ve divided our model history articles into four categories: Compact and Economy Cars, Family Cars, Luxury and Personal Luxury Cars, and Sports and Muscle Cars.
- Use the Search box, or click on one of the tags to see more related articles.
- Take a look at the Site Map to see all the articles by category and title.
WHAT THE SITE IS NOT
Ate Up With Motor is NOT:
- A news site talking about the latest models and developments in the automotive world. There are lots of news blogs, so we’re not going to try to compete with them.
- A consumer site for new- or used-car buyers. We don’t sell cars and we can’t provide prices for collector cars, appraise or authenticate your car, or tell you what you should pay (or ask) for any particular vehicle.
- A source for parts or accessories. We don’t sell parts, service manuals, or accessories and we can’t tell you where to find them. For the most part, we really don’t know!
- A technical resource for restoring or repairing old cars. We’re NOT qualified to provide technical advice, tell you what’s wrong with your car, or advise you on how to fix it.
WHO WRITES ALL THIS STUFF? WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
While I use the editorial “we,” except as otherwise noted, all the content on the site is written by (and copyright) Aaron Severson dba Ate Up With Motor. You can find out more about me on my freelance writing site, 6200 Productions, or at AaronSeverson.com.
Ate Up With Motor is based in Los Angeles, California. Click here to review the business registration information.
ARE YOU AFFILIATED WITH ANY COMPANY OR AUTO MAGAZINE?
No, Ate Up With Motor is NOT affiliated with any automaker or automotive business, although the author has written for other businesses on a freelance basis and we may accept paid advertising from such businesses. All opinions expressed in these articles are those of the author, unless otherwise specified.
In the rare event that we receive any payments or in-kind gifts for the creation of any content (for instance, if we receive a free copy of a book to review), we will so indicate in the applicable article, usually on the final page of that article.
WHY IS THE SITE CALLED “ATE UP WITH MOTOR”?
Back in 1977, stock car driver Darrell Waltrip said that his Chevrolet Monte Carlo, “Bertha,” was “jes’ all ate up with motor.” “Ate up with…” is a popular Southern expression, meaning “is very…” or, in this case, “has a lot of…” After writing about cars and automotive history for several years, we’re certainly “ate up” with automotive knowledge, so it seemed apropos.
WHERE DOES YOUR INFORMATION COME FROM?
The information for each essay is drawn from a variety of books, periodicals, and online sources, most of which are specified in the “Notes on Sources” section of each article.
Historical exchange rate data originally came from Harold Marcuse, “Historical Dollar-to-Marks Currency Conversion Page” (19 August 2005, UC Santa Barbara, www.history.ucsb.edu/ faculty/marcuse/ projects/ currency.htm) and Werner Antweiler, “PACIFIC Exchange Rate service, Foreign Currency Units per 1 British Pound, 1948-2007″ (2007, University of British Columbia, fx.sauder.ubc.ca). We subsequently discovered Lawrence H. Officer’s “Exchange Rates Between the United States Dollar and Forty-one Currencies” (2009-2012, Measuring Worth, www.measuringworth.org/ exchangeglobal/); MeasuringWorth’s figures are used with their permission. The estimates of the present equivalency of historical amounts are based on the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Inflation Calculator, data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl.
Please note that in calculating historical exchange rates or inflation-adjusted values, we always round and/or approximate the figures. Our goal is not to present a treatise on the history foreign exchange rates or the calculation of the value of money, simply to provide a point of comparison for the modern reader.
We make an effort to be as accurate as we can in these articles, but we do make mistakes. If you note an error, let us know and we’ll look into it. If you make a correction, we may ask for your sources — and we may or may not incorporate suggestions we can’t verify, or that are solely matters of personal opinion. Remember: a fair amount of conventional wisdom on automotive history is based on assumption, rumor, prejudice, or wishful thinking. Just because something is written down doesn’t make it true.
WHERE DO YOU GET PICTURES? ARE THESE YOUR CARS?
Unless otherwise specified, all photos and illustrations on the site are copyright © Aaron Severson, just like the written content. Other images are either (a) in the public domain, (b) used under Creative Commons licenses, or (c) used with the specific permission of the photographer or copyright holder. If the image is NOT copyright Aaron Severson, the copyright and license information will be listed in the image caption. These are not the author’s cars and in most cases, we can’t tell you how to contact the owners.
The site logo is also designed by Aaron Severson. The fonts are Bebas Neue, by Dharma Type (copyright © 2010 Ryoichi Tsunekawa), and eurofurence (copyright © 2000 Tobias B. Koehler). The site now runs in WordPress and the theme is Frontier by Ron Angelo.
WHY DO YOU WRITE ALL THIS STUFF?
(Setting aside, momentarily, the editorial “we.”) People sometimes ask I’m so interested in cars. This is not necessarily a neutral question — I’ve a fair number of friends who disapprove of cars on political or environmental grounds or who just consider automotive stuff a little déclassé.
A lot of gearheads have an intense, emotional relationship with a particular type or genre of cars, the same kind sports fans have with their favorite teams. I do not. Some enthusiasts are collectors, restorers, or amateur hot rodders. I am not. Many are driven by nostalgia and the desire to capture (or recapture) the things they loved when they were 16. I’m not. While there are cars I might like to own one day, the list is smaller than you might think and it’s not high on my list of priorities.
To me, cars are primarily a fascinating sociological phenomenon. The auto business is an industry that spans industries — intersecting everything from manufacturing and design to finance and high technology — and it serves as a bellwether of the larger social, economic, and political trends of the time. Cars themselves occupy a unique social position. They’re driven by fashion and novelty like consumer products, but manufactured and purchased like durable goods, and they carry heavy connotations of class and status. You can tell a great deal about someone by the car they drive and even more by the cars to which they aspire. For the same reasons, you can tell a great deal about an era by its cars: its fads and obsessions, its anxieties, and its dreams. In short, automotive history is a useful lens through which to examine and understand the forces that have shaped the modern world.
I’m not here to justify or rationalize the existence of the automobile. The rise of the auto industry has had profound social and environmental consequences, some of which (such as the use of tetraethyl lead in gasoline) I find difficult to defend. As I’ve written here before, interest does not necessarily connote approval. I do believe, however, that it’s important to remember that nothing happens in a vacuum, and blindly disapproving of something without considering its context — or why and how it came to exist — is a perilous endeavor. Whether or not you approve of them, cars are an enormously significant social, historical, and economic phenomenon, worthy of study.
I have no sacred cows, nor any prejudices based on make or nationality. (I do have a strong prejudice against trucks and SUVs, so you’re unlikely to see articles about such vehicles here.)
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