G’day! My name is Iain Kelly and I am not a mechanic – I am actually a motoring journalist.
I write for car magazines in Australia including Street Machine and MOTOR, plus I also co-wrote and co-published the book The Cars of Mighty Car Mods. So, while I know about words I have zero formal training for working on cars… and this means sometimes I stuff up what I try to do (which you’ll see on this blog).
Although I have spent 15 years working on in the automotive media, my obsession with full-size American cars has been with me for almost as long as I’ve been able to draw breath. Growing up in a quiet rural town in Australia these gigantic land yachts seemed almost otherworldly as they were incredibly rare.
I still vividly remember the first time I saw a ’57 Chevy – it was a bright red sport coupe with a white roof, slammed on fat wheels. The fins, the chrome, the sheer amount of design work and detailing, and the sound of that rumbling V8 blew me away. This was as far away from the plain Jane four-door sedans that Australians love to buy as you could get. Martians had landed, and boy did they have S-T-Y-L-E!
Now, I do love other plenty of other cars. And you’ll probably see some of the ones that really tickle my pickle on here. But the primary focus will be those hulking great chrome-laden leviathans that rolled out of Motor City in the Golden Age of the automobile.
If you have any questions, comments, or criticisms, please feel free to get in touch.