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Christopher Nelson

Christopher Nelson

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Christopher Nelson
I spent most of high school bailing on class to wrench in the auto lab but had no aspirations to work in the auto industry or turn my hobby into a job. Instead I went on to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and pursued a degree in journalism, concentrating on advertising. I’d wring my Mazda RX-8 out on back roads, but that was about all the autophiling I did. A couple years into college, a professor, Peter Jacobi, encouraged me to start writing after reading a piece I did for his class. So I did and fell in love with it. I took up a yearlong position writing a column for the student newspaper, followed by an internship and freelance work for Tribune Media Services in Chicago. Soon enough, I decided I needed to write articles focused on something I cared about, like cars.

After stalking the Automobile staff, I met with deputy editor Joe DeMatio, whose first words to me were, “I don’t know why you’re here.” Fast-forward to today, and here I am. And, yes, from time to time DeMatio still wonders why I’m here. So do I, as it was neither a lust for writing nor a lifelong dedication to working at an auto buff book that landed me this job. It was a series of unexpected events and slight life-plan readjustments that led a green writer, two years of experience under his belt and tattoos on his arms, here.

I walk into this office and think, just like Garth and Wayne, “I’m not worthy!” Looking back on what I’ve accomplished since day one at this magazine has me thinking I might have the chops to hang, but there’s a long way (and a lot of editing) to go before we can be sure of that. For now, I’ll keep working toward the day DeMatio stops asking me what I’m doing here.

articles by Christopher Nelson

2016 Cadillac ATS V Racecar
2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

Cadillac Reveals 2016 ATS-V.R Racing Car

Headed to FIA GT3 racing with almost 600 hp.
| Nov 14, 2014
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2014 Honda Grom In Motion 1
Road Tests

2014 Honda Grom: Around The Block

Freezing cold and laughing on Honda’s little hooligan.
| Nov 11, 2014
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2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4X4 Above Rear Three Quarter View
Long-Term Tests

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited - The Anti-Trailhawk

We stop playing in the sand to run some errands.
| Nov 10, 2014
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2015 BMW M3 Front Three Quarter View 1
Road Tests

2015 BMW M3: Around the Block

The all-new M3 sheds its sensitive side, fights against savages.
| Nov 07, 2014
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Jaguar F Type R Coupe And BMW M235i 01
News & Rumors

The Summer’s Best Track Day Is in Fall

Having fun at GingerMan Raceway’s end-of-the-year event.
| Nov 04, 2014
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2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP610 4 Front Three Quarter View
Car Lists

Nine Lessons You Learn in a Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4

Get good with these before spending a weekend in a Huracan.
| Oct 31, 2014
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2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Front Three Quarter View
Long-Term Tests

2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport - Getting to Grips with the Sedan

Luxury sedan strikes a balance between sporty handling and comfort.
| Oct 17, 2014
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2015 Volvo V60 T5 Highway MPG
Long-Term Tests

2015 Volvo V60 T5 - Highway MPG

Measuring the new Drive-E engine's efficiency on long trips.
| Sep 25, 2014
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2015 Porsche Lineup
Road Tests

The Porsche Mid-Engine Mash-Up at Laguna Seca

Driving the Boxster, Cayman, and 918 Spyder at the track.
| Sep 08, 2014
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2014 Kia Cadenza Back Down South
Long-Term Tests

2014 Kia Cadenza - Back Down South

A graduation road trip in the big Kia sedan.
| Jul 21, 2014
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