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

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The Slightly Eco Supercar: LaFerrari Versus P1

Thousands thronged the Ferrari stand at Geneva’s motor show for the debut of the machine called simply, and not a little curiously, LaFerrari.
| May 20, 2013
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News & Rumors

Frank Stephenson Interview

Frank Stephenson, McLaren's design director, started out as a motocross racer and has never looked back.
| May 14, 2013
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Travels With McLaren

Follow Us From L.A. to New York.
| Apr 19, 2013
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News & Rumors

Girsky's Mission: Mining Opel

Reviving GM's troubled European arm.
| Apr 18, 2013
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Noise, Vibration & Harshness

The Karma of Fisker

There's a lot to like about the plug-in Fisker Karma.
| Apr 15, 2013
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News & Rumors

The Appliance Enthusiast

How Consumer Reports learned to like cars and influence the automotive industry.
| Mar 25, 2013
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Noise, Vibration & Harshness

Free the Fiat 500

It was no surprise in 2009 when large swathes of America's Fourth Estate, Automotive Division, practicing a sort of misguided car nationalism, moaned and groaned about Chrysler's takeover by Fiat.
| Mar 18, 2013
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Noise, Vibration & Harshness

When Consumer Reports Met the Maverick

One of the long-standing raps against Consumer Reports has been that when rating cars it’s prone to overlooking crucial matters like driving fun, lateral g’s, and smoky-burnout capability, focusing instead on minor concerns like safety, fuel economy, reliability, and predictable handling.
| Feb 28, 2013
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Noise, Vibration & Harshness

Preparedness Begins At Home

Driving around the other day, I kept forgetting that my car had electrical power even though it had gobs of the stuff.
| Jan 30, 2013
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Noise, Vibration & Harshness

Going, Going, Gone

AM Radio hasn't died, but it is being killed.
| Dec 11, 2012
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Noise, Vibration & Harshness

The True Cost Of Luxury

Today, the only thing limited about German limited editions is the number of buyers able to pay the freight over the typically highly competent models they supplement.
| Nov 19, 2012
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Noise, Vibration & Harshness

A Boy's First Sinkhole

Back when I went away to college, my folks said something to the effect of, "Bye! See ya!" And that was that.
| Oct 26, 2012
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Noise, Vibration & Harshness

Roll up for the Magical Minivan Tour.

Because it's been forever since we all went away together, I recently proposed to the nuclear Kitman clan that Oxymoron Hall of Fame first balloter, a European summer vacation for the whole family.
| Sep 25, 2012
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Noise, Vibration & Harshness

Rich Brand, Poor Brand

Off to Santa Barbara, where BMW has summoned us to sample the new M6 convertible and the 640i Gran Coupe, equally ample and freshly misnamed -- being a four-door and not a coupe, which by popular perception, if not strict definition, has only two doors.
| Aug 15, 2012
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Noise, Vibration & Harshness

Mazda 2012

Don't Let The Zoom Zoom Go Boom Boom.
| Jul 31, 2012
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