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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

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| Oct 31, 2014
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Must Watch: New Interactive Honda Civic Type R Video

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| Oct 31, 2014
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| Oct 30, 2014
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Report: Kia Developing Toyota Prius Rival

Hybrid would arrive within two years.
| Oct 30, 2014
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Report: Mazda 6 Coupe in the Works?

A possible move in the premium direction.
| Oct 28, 2014
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2015 Hyundai Sonata JP Edition for SEMA
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JP Edition 2015 Hyundai Sonata Turbo Revealed for SEMA

Performance mods meet street art.
| Oct 27, 2014
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Road Tests

2015 Lexus NX 300h: Around the Block

Luxurious utility, plus a little hybrid practicality.
| Oct 24, 2014
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2015 Audi A3 TDI Front View In Motion
Road Tests

Hypermiling on the 2015 Audi A3 TDI Challenge

Three states, 834 miles, one tank of diesel.
| Oct 23, 2014
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News & Rumors

High-Performance 2015 Kia K900 Teased Before SEMA

Custom K900 could add muscle to luxury.
| Oct 23, 2014
2014 Mazda MX 5 Miata Grand Touring PRHT
Long-Term Tests

2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Wrap-Up

So long, and thanks for all the fun.
| Oct 23, 2014
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Engine tune cuts 0-62 mph time by 0.4 seconds.
| Oct 22, 2014
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A Look Inside the Track-Only McLaren P1 GTR

An interior that means serious business.
| Oct 22, 2014
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BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition Honors Success of Driver Marco Wittmann

Just 23 units will be produced, exclusively in Alpine White.
| Oct 20, 2014
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