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

2014 Kia Cadenza spring cleaning
Long-Term Tests

2014 Kia Cadenza - Spring Cleaning

The Cadenza gets an oil change, a new key fob, and a scrub-down.
| May 01, 2014
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Gasoline Caps
News & Rumors

Gear: Gasoline Caps

License plates meet hats.
| Mar 28, 2014
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2014 Kia Cadenza Visit to WeatherTech
Long-Term Tests

2014 Kia Cadenza - Visit to WeatherTech

We visit WeatherTech and learn a bit about DigitalFit floor mats.
| Mar 18, 2014
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2013 Mercedes Benz GL450 Front Three Quarters View While Drifting
Long-Term Tests

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450 - The GL Goes Ice Racing

The 5500-lb Benz gets slideways on a frozen lake.
| Mar 04, 2014
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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible Heading West
Long-Term Tests

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible - Heading West

Our Beetle Convertible finds a temporary home in sunny Los Angeles.
| Feb 19, 2014
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Mazda MX 5 Miata 25Th Anniversary Gathering Front View
News & Rumors

Celebrating 25 Years of the Mazda MX-5 Miata

The love affair turns a quarter-century old.
| Feb 10, 2014
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2014 Kia Cadenza Christmas in Chicago
Long-Term Tests

2014 Kia Cadenza - Christmas in Chicago

Showing the Kia off to friends and family.
| Jan 31, 2014
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2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Around the Block
Road Tests

2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk: Around the Block

Worthy of the brand, and the model name.
| Jan 30, 2014
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 R
News & Rumors

Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Debuts at 2014 Detroit Auto Show

The new Chevrolet Corvette spawns a racing version.
| Jan 13, 2014
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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Performance Data Recorder
News & Rumors

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Adds Performance Data Recorder

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette adds a video data logger.
| Jan 04, 2014
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