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Jamie Kitman

Jamie Kitman

New York Bureau Chief
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Jamie Kitman
Jamie Kitman, a lawyer and rock band manager, contributed to Automobile Magazine in its first year, when its editor bought a story he'd swritten while in law school, about attending a Volvo market research session in Boston. "Earn $75 if you thought about buying a Volvo and didn't" the classified ad that changed his life read. After several years freelancing, he became a columnist for Automobile Magazine in 1991 and has now written more than 200 columns as well as numerous features for the periodical, in the process becoming its New York Bureau Chief. In 2009, Kitman won a National Magazine Award, the "Ellie," for three columns on the collapse of Detroit, marking the first time a car magazine had ever won an NMA. Earlier, he won the IRE Medal for Investigative Magazine Reporting for his in-depth review of the history of leaded gasoline for The Nation, a subject about which he is writing a book for Simon & Schuster, as well as several other IAMA awards. A frequent contributor to GQ, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs and other publications, he writes blogs for NPR's Car Talk and Yahoo! The father of three children, (one of whom is named Ellie,) Kitman's musical clients, as president of The Hornblow Group USA, include OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Doughty, Mike Viola, Moon Hooch and Vandaveer. Former clients have included Violent Femmes, The La's, Meat Puppets, Pere Ubu, Edwyn Collins, Beautiful South, Trashcan Sinatras and Yo La Tengo. He lives in a rivertown not far from Manhattan, where he keeps company with, yes, you read it right, thirty old cars.

articles by Jamie Kitman

Pleased To Meet Me
Noise, Vibration & Harshness

Pleased To Meet Me

Have you been data mined by Ford lately?
Jamie Kitman
Apr 10, 2014
The Issigonis Effect: Mini Cooper, MG 1100, and Austin miniMetro
Car Magazine

The Issigonis Effect: Mini Cooper, MG 1100, and Austin miniMetro

Recalling the innovator behind the original Mini and its lesser-known relations.
Jamie Kitman
Apr 02, 2014
2014 Caterham Seven 160 Front Three Quarters View
Road Tests

2014 Caterham Seven 160 Review

Rediscovering the original formula of maximum-grin minimalism.
Jamie Kitman
Apr 01, 2014
noise vibration and harshness
Noise, Vibration & Harshness

Future Non-Classics Futures

Noise, Vibration & Harshness
Jamie Kitman
Feb 18, 2014
The Car Trailer Blues.
Noise, Vibration & Harshness

The Car Trailer Blues.

Travelall to the rescue.
Jamie Kitman
Feb 04, 2014
noise vibrations and harshness
Noise, Vibration & Harshness

Friend of the Friendless

Noise, Vibration & Harshness
Jamie Kitman
Jan 22, 2014
noise vibration and harshness
Noise, Vibration & Harshness

Oh, really? No, Sir. Oh, Riley -- Kestrel Sprite!

They say you covet the cars of your youth.
Jamie Kitman
Nov 18, 2013
noise vibration and harshness
Noise, Vibration & Harshness

Awash in a Sea of Luxury

Live life in the champagne-drenched lap of fanciful, beautiful, eternal luxury? It's an invitation I graciously accept.
Jamie Kitman
Oct 31, 2013
mclaren across america
News & Rumors

2013 McLaren MP4-12C Across America

Ultimate Fantasy Number Three.
Jamie Kitman
Oct 15, 2013
noise vibration and harshness
Noise, Vibration & Harshness

This Seat is Taken

Driving a McLaren cross-country reminds me of my very first car test
Jamie Kitman
Oct 07, 2013
noise vibration and harshness
Noise, Vibration & Harshness

When is a good time to talk about it?

I had an epiphany the other day while reading about NSA snooping and the dangers of the military industrial complex.
Jamie Kitman
Aug 28, 2013
noise vibration and harshness
Noise, Vibration & Harshness

By The Time I Get To Oxnard

While many old-car buffs limit use of their elder rides to car shows, weddings, and high holy days, I have long been an advocate of using venerable machinery for actual transportation.
Jamie Kitman
Aug 12, 2013
noise vibration and harshness
Noise, Vibration & Harshness

The All-Star Police Car

If it were up to me, I'd nominate the current Dodge Charger for induction into the Police Car Hall of Fame.
Jamie Kitman
Aug 05, 2013
Bose 1
News & Rumors

Dr. Amar Bose: Making Waves

Dr. Bose has single-handedly changed the automotive audio industry.
Jamie Kitman
Jul 17, 2013
noise vibration and harshness

Noise, Vibration and Harshness Toward A Unified Theory Of Old-Car Ownership.

When I tell you there are institutions out there that will lend you money to buy old cars just as readily as ordinary banks cough up cash to help you buy new ones, I expect a few of you may suddenly find yourselves ready, willing, and enabled to do what you otherwise might not have done.
Jamie Kitman
Jun 11, 2013
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