WHO WRITES ALL THIS STUFF? WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
Notwithstanding the editorial “we,” except as otherwise noted, all written content on the Ate Up With Motor website is written by (and copyright) Aaron Severson dba Ate Up With Motor. (I am an individual U.S. person, not a company or a corporation! You can find out more about me — or inquire about hiring me for other projects, since I’m also a professional writer/editor and writing consultant — on my 6200 Productions website. 6200 Productions is a trademark of Aaron Severson dba 6200 Productions.)
Ate Up With Motor is based in Los Angeles, California. You can find contact details on the Contact Information and Contact Form page.
WHAT IS THIS SITE ABOUT?
Ate Up With Motor provides in-depth histories of interesting cars and the people behind them. We 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.)
Our articles on individual models seek to explain:
- 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.
WHAT THE SITE IS NOT
Ate Up With Motor is NOT:
- A news site. There are lots of news blogs that talk about the latest models and developments in the automotive world. This is not one of those blogs, and we’re not going to try to compete with them.
- 100% neutral or 100% objective. This is not an encyclopedia or a newspaper. While we don’t approach these articles with any particular agenda in mind (as we are occasionally accused), we reserve the right to present our own conclusions and opinions. You can feel free to disagree.
- A technical resource for restoring or repairing old cars. The author of these articles is NOT a mechanic or an engineer and is NOT qualified to provide technical advice, tell you what’s wrong with your car, or advise you on how to fix it.
- A site for buying or selling old cars. We do not sell cars. We can’t tell you how much an old car should cost or where you can buy one. We can’t appraise or authenticate cars either.
- A source for parts or accessories. We do NOT sell parts, service manuals, or accessories. We can’t tell you where to find such things either. For the most part, we really don’t know!
HOW CAN I FIND AN ARTICLE ON MY FAVORITE CAR?
Easy! Try one of the following options:
- Browse the Manufacturers Index to see all the articles we have published about a given 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 in the right sidebar or click on one of the tags to see more related articles.
- Take a look at the Site Map to see all currently available articles by category and title.
ARE YOU AFFILIATED WITH ANY COMPANY OR AUTO MAGAZINE?
Ate Up With Motor is NOT affiliated with any automaker or automotive business, although the author has written for other auto-related publications and businesses on a freelance or temporary basis, and we may accept paid advertising from such businesses. All opinions expressed in these articles are solely those of the author (just as the opinions expressed in comments are solely those of the respective commenter(s)), except as otherwise noted.
In the rare event that we receive any payments or in-kind gifts related to the creation of any content (for instance, if we receive a free copy of a book to review), or if an automaker or other business has supplied images, historical information, or other media for use in an article or other content, we will so indicate in or adjacent to that content, usually in the acknowledgments and/or sources on the final page of the applicable article(s) (and/or, in the case of images and/or other media, in the applicable credits and/or attribution information, which for images is typically contained in the applicable image captions).
Obviously, most automotive brands and model names, the names of many automotive products, and even the names of some trim levels and/or options are trademarks and/or service marks. Such marks remain the property of their respective owners, and are used in our content for purposes of identification, description, and/or commentary. Unless we expressly indicate otherwise, we have no affiliation with or endorsement by the holders of such marks, and no such affiliation or endorsement is implied or should be inferred. This includes articles and/or other content in which we may use images, other media, and/or information provided by automakers, automotive suppliers, and/or other automotive businesses or organizations. Unless we expressly indicate otherwise, the use in our content of images, other media, and/or information provided by any automaker, automotive supplier, or other automotive business or organization does NOT imply that our content has been authorized, reviewed, or endorsed by the automaker, supplier, business, or organization in question.
WHY IS THE SITE CALLED “ATE UP WITH MOTOR”?
Back in 1977, stock car driver Darrell Waltrip (whom we have never met and with whom we not affiliated in any wayht) remarked that his Chevrolet Monte Carlo, nicknamed “Bertha,” was “all ate up with motor.” “Ate up with …” is a common Southern expression meaning “is very …” or, in this case, “has a lot of …” After writing about cars and automotive history for several years, the author is certainly “ate up” with automotive knowledge, so it seemed apropos.
WHERE DO YOU GET PICTURES? ARE THESE YOUR CARS?
Except as otherwise specified, all photos and illustrations on the site are copyright © Aaron Severson, just like the written content. Other images on Ate Up With Motor are either (a) in the public domain, (b) used under license, or (c) used with the express permission of the photographer or copyright holder. If an image is NOT copyright Aaron Severson, the copyright and license information will be listed in the applicable image caption. In most cases, these are not the author’s cars, and we usually can’t tell you how to contact the cars’ owners. (We often don’t know ourselves.)
WHO DESIGNED THAT LOGO?
The site logo was also designed by Aaron Severson. The logo uses the fonts Bebas Neue, by Dharma Type (which is copyright © 2010 Ryoichi Tsunekawa), and eurofurence (which is copyright © 2000 Tobias B. Koehler). The Ate Up With Motor favicons were generated using the free RealFaviconGenerator.net service.
Other than the Ate Up With Motor logo, most the typefaces used for most of the text within images on this site that were created or modified by the author (e.g., the watermarks we’ve placed in certain images and/or the captions or labels used in author-created diagrams, tables, and charts) are one or more of the Liberation Fonts (version 2.00.1 or later), which are copyright © 2012 Red Hat, Inc., used under the SIL Open Font License, Version 1.1. (Liberation is a trademark of Red Hat, Inc. registered in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and certain other jurisdictions. Red Hat is a trademark of Red Hat, Inc., registered in the United States and other countries.)
The Ate Up With Motor website now uses the WordPress content management system, using a child theme of the Frontier theme by Ron Angelo. (WordPress and the WordPress logos are registered trademarks of the WordPress Foundation in the United States and other countries.)
WHERE DOES YOUR INFORMATION COME FROM?
Most Ate Up With Motor articles include a “Notes on Sources” section, which presents a bibliography of the books, periodicals, online resources, and other sources the author consulted in the writing of that particular article. (We don’t always include bibliographic references for editorials or commentary, especially for articles that are mostly expressions of the author’s personal preferences or subjective judgments.)
We should note that while some Ate Up With Motor articles may include estimates of the equivalency in current U.S. dollars of historical prices (sometimes in other currencies), historical exchange rates and inflation estimates are a hugely complicated subject that is well beyond the author’s expertise or the scope of these articles. Since the demise in the early seventies of the Bretton Woods system of fixed exchange rates, the relative values of different currencies vary constantly, so trying to estimate the equivalence of historical values is at best a matter of ballpark approximation. Please keep in mind that any inflation-adjusted figures or exchange rate equivalencies cited in the text of Ate Up With Motor content are APPROXIMATE estimates (sometimes broadly so) and are provided solely for the purposes of illustration and general information. NOTHING in these articles should be construed as financial advice of any kind — Ate Up With Motor articles are automotive histories, not treatises on currency trading, historical exchange rates, or the value of money!
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 necessarily make it true!
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 had a fair number of acquaintances who disapproved of cars on political or environmental grounds or who just considered 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 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 my own preferences, of course, but I have no particular sacred cows or 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.)
CAN I LINK TO YOUR ARTICLES ON MY SITE? CAN I REUSE YOUR CONTENT OR PHOTOS?
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