Just what is an “Autosavant?” Just like the definition above says, we’re people who have been exposed to cars and the car business for decades, and we love having the opportunity to share some of those experiences with our readers. You’ll note the word “idiot” does not precede “savant.” Thanks to Rain Man, the two words are often used together, but we’re different kinds of savants.
We love cars and the car business, no matter where that takes us – United States, Japan, Germany, France, China, Brazil, Australia, India, the U.K., etc. – and we provide both opinion and information. We currently have writers in Singapore and in the U.S. Because most of us live here, we focus on the United States, but we want our readers to have the benefit of seeing a global picture regarding automotive products and industry. We hope you enjoy the site.
You may contact us at email@example.com.
Chris Haak, Editor-in-Chief
Chris is the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Autosavant. He writes for the site, sets its overall strategy, and handles the business-related aspects of the site. Chris has a lifelong love of everything automotive, having grown up as the son of a car dealer. He was perhaps one of the youngest people in history to walk the entire Spring Carlisle swap meet at age four in a hunt for hubcaps, and could identify the make of nearly every car on the road by the same age. He helped his father restore a 1969 Pontiac Firebird after graduating from high school and loves American V8s and 400-plus horsepower cars. Chris is also in the process of indoctrinating his two sons into the world of cars and trucks.
Kevin Gordon, Managing Editor & Technical Director
Kevin is a versatile switch-hitter for Autosavant. As Technical Director, he uses his background in information technology to keep Autosavant running smoothly under its hood, Kevin also provides thorough coverage of the burgeoning in-car technology field, and has a gift for artfully describing what it’s like to drive a particular car. As Managing Editor, he oversees the day-to-day efforts of the writers and serves as the creator, manager, and star of Autosavant’s burgeoning YouTube channel – be sure to check it out!
Roger Boylan, Writer
Aside from being the only Autosavant writer with a Wikipedia page, Roger Boylan is an American writer who was raised in Ireland, France, and Switzerland and attended the University of Ulster and the University of Edinburgh. His novel “Killoyle” was published in 1997 by Dalkey Archive Press and has been reprinted four times. In 2003, a sequel, “The Great Pint-Pulling Olympiad,” was published by Grove Press, New York.
Roger’s latest novel, “The Adorations,” in which a Swiss professor named Gustave, Adolf Hitler, Hitler’s mistress, the Archangel Michael, and a journalistic sexpot meet at the intersection of history and fantasy, is forthcoming in its original English as well as in German translation.
Kevin Miller, Writer
As Autosavant’s resident Swedophile, Kevin has an acute affinity for Saabs, with a mild case of Volvo-itis as well. Aside from covering most Saab-related news for Autosavant, Kevin also reviews cars and covers industry news. His “Great Drive” series, with maps and directions included, is a reader favorite.
James Wong, Writer
The only writer to be based in the Asian region, James is a prolific journalist who has written for several automotive print publications in Singapore, including HOTstuff Magazine, Import Rides Magazine and REDLINE Singapore. He also contributes regularly to many car forums. Since his nascent writing stint in Autosavant, James now has a growing readership at home and abroad. In September 2010, James relocated to the United Kingdom, London, bringing him to a whole new environment from which to start a new chapter in automotive journalism.
Charles Krome, Writer
Charles Krome is a long-time automotive journalist who spent more than 10 years on the inside at General Motors and Ford, and also has corporate communications experience with Audi, Porsche and BASF Automotive Refinish. As a big motorsports fan growing up in the Detroit area, Krome was lucky enough to be able to attend numerous NASCAR, Indy car, F1 and SCCA events while still in his formative years. This, combined with a childhood that included significant (passenger) seat time in cars from Lotus and Jensen Healey, made him a car guy at an earlier age. Today, he lives in metro Detroit with his car wife, raising car kids.
Brendan Moore, Founder of Autosavant, Industry Consultant and Writer
The founder of Autosavant is Brendan Moore, who also regularly still writes for the site. Brendan has been involved with some part of the car business for almost three decades, working for auto manufacturers, auto finance companies and online automotive services sites in that time. Moore has been interviewed about auto-related subjects on NPR Radio’s Marketplace program numerous times, and has also been interviewed on Maryland Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio, the BBC America television news show, and has also been interviewed by reporters from USAToday, Entrepreneur and The Financial Times regarding same. Moore splits his time among San Francisco, New York City and Washington, DC.
Carl Malek is Autosavant’s resident German car fanatic and follower of all things General Motors. Carl first entered the world of automotive journalism as a freelance photographer during his freshman year of college before making the switch to automotive writing several years later. Carl developed an interest in cars at an early age, which helped him overcome the challenges of a learning disability in mathematics. In addition to writing for Autosavant community, Carl also contributes to many car forums and enjoys attending automotive events in the Metro Detroit area with his family. Carl’s message for others with learning disorders is to believe in yourself, be persistent, and face all challenges head on.
Jeff Jablansky was born with his hands planted firmly at 10 and 2. He has written for automotive enthusiast publications in the United States and abroad. His favorite road trip memory involves a Hyundai, a winding desert road and a herd of sheep. He is convinced that there is a car culture that goes beyond taxis in his current city of New York.
Cort Stevens serves as Autosavant’s Social Media Manager. Cort owns four classic GM vehicles – a 1989 Caprice Classic, 1979 Caprice Classic, 1979 Monte Carlo, and a 1981 Monte Carlo. While his interests are geared toward older vehicles, his love of automobiles and general online presence lend well to Autosavant’s reach & mission. Born with a congenital heart defect, he wasn’t very active, so cars grabbed his attention. He has a collection of various automotive models, as well as an HO scale train and a self-built Lego house. Cort spends much of his time as the founder, owner, and operator of the Old Cars, Strong Hearts Facebook page, where he entertains its hundreds of fans with photos, memories, and humor relating to old cars and culture.
Don’t forget: we’re always interested in adding more writers to the Autosavant team. Contact Chris Haak at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.