Founder and Executive Editor
Don Hammonds is a former automotive editor for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and interned on Car and Driver Magazine while attending the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1973, and began his journalism career at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
He's a native of St.Louis and considers the support and advocacy of that city--as well as support and advocacy for his "other" home town, Pittsburgh, to be matters of priority and personal pride.
He has won a number of honors for his work, and received a fellowship from the American Political Science Association in 1981, which he used to work in the U.S. Congress and for the staffs of the Banking Committee, and for then U.S. Sen. William Proxmire of Wisconsin and then U.S. Rep. Wyche Fowler of Atlanta, Ga., specializing in urban development topics for both men.
He is an avid collector of scale model cars--of which he has about 500--and showroom brochures, which now number about 10,000 and date back to the early 20th century. He hopes to open a small museum some day for his archives and collection targeted at auto enthusiasts.
He and his four sons live in Pittsburgh. He owns a 2005 Mini Cooper Convertible and a 2009 Mazda5 Wagon--both his pride and joy.
Co-Founder and Staff Writer
Driving cars is my passion. Sure, I love how cars look, sound, smell and feel…but my real passion is getting behind the wheel and seeing how the car reacts and interacts with the driver. This passion was founded when my father would let me steer our 1987 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser wagon from his lap as a little boy. Ever since then I’ve been totally absorbed in what new cars are out there and how they drive. I was known as the “wheel man” amongst my friends because I was always the one driving people around. I’ve detailed and driven different cars but once I met Don Hammonds, things changed drastically. I’ve had the privilege to pilot some of the most breath taking autos this world has ever seen - from the Bentley Continental GTC and Mercedes S63 AMG to the infamous Nissan GT-R (skyline) and all sizes and shapes in between. I’m in love with sedans – big ones and fast ones. Of course sport coupes are fun and beautiful to look at…but there is something about a full-size sedan with big horsepower that gets my heart rate up. Being born and raised in Pittsburgh I’ve driven open highways, back country roads and densely populated urban areas, providing me with a good gauge of how a car should respond in any given environment and weather situation. Between navigating a Mazda RX-8 in the dead of winter to parallel parking a Ford F-250 Super Duty I’m ready to handle whatever Automobile Journal has to throw at me. While getting my journalism/mass communication degree from Point Park University, I worked with Don and wrote reviews for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / Point Park University school paper and AutomobileJournal.com. I’ve also attended various car shows, international auto shows and car clubs in Western PA. I look forward to producing a variety of products for AJ.com and will provide a genuine, down-to-earth approach to the new cars hitting the show room floors. Fasten your seat belt and let’s go!
Anne Fleming, Car Buying Advocate & President of Women-Drivers.com®, once struggled with negotiating at a car dealership. Now, she has vast knowledge in this area and shares her insights on negotiating and creating the best dealership experience possible. Anne's goal is to empower women to take charge of their automotive experience and have it be rewarding each and every visit. Anne has appeared on ABC News, USAToday.com, Fox & Friends and the American Entrepreneur to discuss her knowledge with women and how to successfully purchase a car.
Senior Staff Writer
John Heilig has been writing, mostly about automobiles since 1962, when he penned his first column, "Intake & Exhaust" For the MG Car Club North Jersey Centre newsletter. His first real column appeared in the New Brunswick, NJ Home News in 1967, and he hasn't stopped since.
The Auto Page, a weekly review of new cars, first appeared in the Bethlehem, PA, Globe Times in 1984. The column has appeared every week somewhere since then. Over those 21-plus years, he's driven more than 1,300 cars, trucks, SUVs, minivans and (once) wave riders.
Let’s put it right out there. I love all kinds of cars. I wonder at the cars from Korea that cost only a bit over ten grand but are loaded with features that used to qualify as premium luxury. I admire (from afar), exotics that are essentially race cars disguised as works of modern art. And I respect the incredible balancing act that results in the bread and butter cars most of us drive, with more features, performance and reliability served up every year, in comfortable, convenient packages. And, finally, I am fascinated with the cutting edge of technology, particularly the new wave of hybrid engines that promise the power we love while putting out cleaner emissions and sipping less fuel.
Bio coming soon.