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Eric Weiner

Eric Weiner

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Eric Weiner
It was a bit of a random whirlwind that landed me here at Automobile. When people ask me, it goes more or less along these lines.

How did you get into cars?
I grew up in Philadelphia, constantly begging my dad to take me for rides in his 1962 Morgan 4/4. He bought the car right around the time I was born, so I’ve witnessed the Mog’s various growth, transformation and setbacks as I went through my own mirrored experiences. My dad took me along to British car meetups and drives as well as Morgan Club events. I was hooked. I voraciously consumed everything from Automobile to Autoweek and Hemmings Motor News. My sense of direction even around my own neighborhood was pretty terrible, since every second spent on the road was devoted to proudly identifying the year, make, and model of every passing vehicle.

Did you study journalism in college?
Nope. I majored in Art History and Russian Studies. As totally out of left field as that seems, I was always looking for ways to tie in my love for cars. I spent hours in the art library voluntarily reading up on the BMW art cars, and I wrote an entire term paper for a history course on the role of the international auto industry during World War II. I even submitted that paper as my writing sample when I first applied to Automobile.

How did you end up at Automobile?
I’d say the answer to that question is a cocktail of luck, timing, and patience. Out of college I had no particular prospects, and emailed Jean Jennings feeling like I had nothing to lose. Jean responded with a friendly “I’ll deal with you later if you don’t stalk me.” My resume was eventually pawned off on a begrudged Joe DeMatio, who despite professing to be unimpressed with pedigreed alma maters from places like Vassar, conceded that some of his best hires had come from similar cold contacts.

After a year in New York spent both interning in the curatorial department the Guggenheim Museum and waiting tables in a neighborhood Brooklyn pub, DeMatio emailed me. A month or so later I was moving to Ann Arbor, in perpetual fear of the call back that would inform me there had been some terrible misunderstanding and I could kindly stop packing.

What are some of your favorite cars, classic and modern?
As incredibly frustrating as that question is, I’d have to settle on a Mk II Mini Cooper S and a late-model BMW Z3. It’s nigh impossible to withhold a smile when a classic Mini zips by on 10-inchers, and while most people here would rather have a Miata for a roadster (and they do), I dig the Z3’s retro styling.

articles by Eric Weiner

2014 BMW i3 eDrive
News & Rumors

Report: BMW i3 Production Grows to Meet U.S. Demand

Demand in the U.S. requires around 30 more cars per day.
Apr 23, 2014
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News & Rumors

Report: Fisker Karma Plug-In Set for 2015 Relaunch

Karma station wagon and mid-size Atlantic to follow.
Apr 23, 2014
2013 Ford Mustang Need For Speed
News & Rumors

"Need for Speed" Ford Mustang Auctioned for $300,000

Barrett-Jackson auction benefits Henry Ford Health Systems.
Apr 22, 2014
Morgan Plus 8 Speedster 5
News & Rumors

Morgan Plus 8 Speedster Honors 100 Years of Production

Limited-edition celebrates a century at Pickersleigh Road.
Apr 22, 2014
Jaguar F Type R S Convertible Spied 1 Front Three Quarter
News & Rumors

Possible Jaguar F-Type R-S Convertible Spied

Big wings could signal big power for Jag's hot convertible.
Apr 22, 2014
2015 Mini Paceman Front Side  Motion View
News & Rumors

2015 Mini Paceman Refresh Shown in Beijing

Paceman gets last-ditch updates before it is canceled.
Apr 21, 2014
Mercedes Benz Concept Coupe SUV Front Side View  Static
News & Rumors

Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV Revealed in Beijing

Previews Benz’s BMW X6 rival.
Apr 21, 2014
2015 Ford Mustang GT
News & Rumors

2015 Ford Mustang GT Adds Standard Electronic Line-Lock

Drag racers, burnout fans rejoice.
Apr 21, 2014
Jeep Cherokee Sageland Design Concept
News & Rumors

Jeep Unveils Four New Concepts at Beijing Auto Show

Concepts inspired by urban Chinese culture and design.
Apr 19, 2014
Rolls Royce Phantom Pinnacle Travel Front Side Studio View
News & Rumors

Rolls-Royce Pinnacle Travel Phantom Bows at Beijing

Bespoke Collection Phantom for Chinese luxury travelers.
Apr 18, 2014
Meguiars Detailing How To 18 Polisher
Car Lists

Meguiar’s Top 10 Car Care Tips for Spring

Steps for getting your car back into top form.
Apr 18, 2014
Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept Front Side Studio View
News & Rumors

Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept Debuts In China With 395 HP

High-horsepower hatch hustles to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds.
Apr 18, 2014
2015 Subaru Wrx Sti Rally Car 1 Front Three Quarter
2014 New York Auto Show

2015 Subaru WRX STI Rally Car Shown at New York Show

STI rally car gets numerous mods for the GRC season.
Apr 17, 2014
Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe Concept
News & Rumors

Volkswagen Midsize Coupe Concept Previewed for Beijing

A possible CC version of the next Golf.
Apr 17, 2014
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