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Amy Skogstrom

Amy Skogstrom

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Amy Skogstrom
I got my driver’s license in 1975. The first car I drove without supervision was my mom’s Ford Pinto wagon with fake wood paneling. It had no power steering and no power brakes. As bare-bones as it was, I loved it because of everything it represented – independence, freedom, mobility. Then I had my first accident six days after receiving my license, and my parents determined that I might just be too young to have so much independence, freedom, and mobility. They still let me drive the Pinto occasionally, but not as much as I would have liked.

I went to college in Colorado and graduated with an English degree and the ability to drive a manual transmission, thanks to the three-speed Chevy Camaro that my then-boyfriend and future husband owned. Turns out that combination was just what I needed to land a job at Automobile Magazine in the summer of 1988.

Today, the only person with a longer tenure than me at Automobile Magazine is editor-in-chief Jean Jennings, but when I was hired, I was among the magazine’s youngest employees, with no background in publishing but with a good eye for proofreading and copy editing. In the intervening twenty-four years, as I moved from editorial assistant to production editor to managing editor, I’ve seen several coworkers come and go, many of them moving on to successful careers in the auto industry, from PR to consulting to product development – even to some of our competitors. Meanwhile, I’ve remained at the magazine, where I work mostly behind the scenes making sure that deadlines are met, copy is well-edited, and contributors are paid. I don’t get out of the office that much, perhaps a couple of press trips a year, but I never forget how good I have it with the opportunity to drive almost every new car on the market and the tremendous job satisfaction that comes each month when the newly bound issues arrive and I can hold the product of my work in my hands.

articles by Amy Skogstrom

2013 bmw m3 lime rock edition
Editors Notebook

2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Edition

Make the whole world your racetrack.
Jun 26, 2013
2013 buick regal gs
Editors Notebook

2013 Buick Regal GS

Anyone willing to forgo the image of driving an Audi or BMW will be happy with a Regal GS.
Jun 05, 2013
2014 chevrolet impala
Road Tests

2014 Chevrolet Impala Great Lakes Circle Tour: Lake Michigan

We cover more miles in three days than most owners will in a month.
Jun 03, 2013
2013 mercedes benz cl65 amg
Editors Notebook

2013 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

Effortless, immense power from a twin-turbo V-12.
May 27, 2013
2013 bmw alpina b7
Editors Notebook

2013 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive LWB

Luxury, speed, and a spacious back seat in the most powerful 7 Series.
May 13, 2013
2013 Land Rover LR2 front left view 3
Editors Notebook

2013 Land Rover LR2

In some respects, the LR2 feels like a cheap knock-off of a Land Rover.
May 09, 2013
2012 Volkswagen GTI 3 door manual front right side view 1
Editors Notebook

2012 Volkswagen GTI 2-door

It's easy to see why the Volkswagen GTI was our first two-time AOY winner. Everything about this car is almost perfect.
May 08, 2013
Editors Notebook

2013 Cadillac CTS Premium Sport Wagon

Every CTS is solid and luxurious, and this wagon is no exception.
Apr 30, 2013
News & Rumors

Car Books: The Afterlife of Emerson Tang

A quest to reunite the chassis of a vintage roadster with its original engine takes the reader from Manhattan to Lime Rock Park to the Pebble Beach Concours in Paula Champa’s debut novel.
Mar 15, 2013
News & Rumors

Detroit 2013 Hits and Misses - Amy Skogstrom

HITS  Hyundai HCD-14 This luxury Hyundai has all the trappings of a concept car -- dramatic styling, forward-looking technology, wide-opening suicide doors, a sleek interior, oversize wheels.
Jan 21, 2013
News & Rumors

Detroit 2013: BMW’s Chest-Thumping Press Conference

BMW’s press conference at this year’s North American International Auto Show was short on specifics and long on generalities about the success of the company.
Jan 14, 2013
Editors Notebook

2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

Even in its supposedly compromised, convertible form, the 911 Turbo S is all the sports car one could ever want and more.
Jan 10, 2013
News & Rumors

Amy Skogstrom: 2012 Year In Review

Favorite letter that never made it to print:  For every letter to the editor that ends up appearing in the printed magazine there are several that don't make it, but that doesn't mean we don't read every one of them.
Dec 24, 2012
2013 Porsche Boxster S
Editors Notebook

2013 Porsche Boxster S

The Boxster's styling has been refined, there's a touch more room inside, it's got a little more power, and it's still a lot of fun to drive.
Dec 19, 2012
Editors Notebook

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE

Mitsubishi's electric car is a futuristic concept spoiled by 1990s econocar execution.
Dec 18, 2012
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