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Marc Noordeloos

Marc Noordeloos

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Marc Noordeloos
My grandfather worked for Marathon Oil in Western Michigan. He tested gasoline. He’d connect small glass jars of fuel to the 390 cubic inch V8 in his Ford Galaxie, checking if the refined dead dinosaurs were up to snuff. Sounds safe. My father helped my grandfather build a La Darwi Coachcraft kit car. My father later outran a tornado with that La Darwi. When I was nine years old, I convinced my dad to buy a Volkswagen Rabbit GTI instead of an ex-driver’s training Ford Tempo. I don’t think he fully appreciates how important that decision was.

Every job I’ve ever had intertwines with the automobile. Working at a car wash transitioned into odd jobs for a car collector. Sweeping the shop floors and detailing his eccentric mix of vehicles transitioned into something more. When I graduated from college, I went career hunting but a conventional job reminded me of someone who drives a Ford Tempo. Instead, my car-collecting boss asked me to go racing with him. That developed into a position that sent me all over the world managing (and co-driving) a fleet of historic rally cars and IMSA GTP/Group C prototypes.

After eight years of wonderful adventures in auto racing, I married a lovely lady I met while living in England and had a daughter on the way, which led me to drop Jean Jennings an email about a job at Automobile Magazine. I was looking for something that kept me home a bit more yet still utilized my passion for cars. We met for lunch at Old Town Tavern in Ann Arbor and Jean told me I was stupid to want to work for a car magazine. Luckily, Jean—and a cut in pay—didn’t scare me away and I became the magazine’s road test editor.

Four years later, an opportunity arose where I could move back to my hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and continue to write for Automobile Magazine. I took it.

articles by Marc Noordeloos

2015 BMW M4 Convertible Rear Three Quarter View
No Filter

My Automotive Pet Peeves, Part 1

Much of what automakers add should be taken away.
| Jan 28, 2015
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Ford GT at 2015 Detroit Auto Show
News & Rumors

Ford GT Engineers Benchmarked the Ferrari 458 Speciale

Shelby GT350R Mustang targets Camaro Z/28, 911 GT3.
| Jan 15, 2015
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2014 BMW i3 eDrive
No Filter

Living with the 2014 BMW i3

My week with the range-extender model.
| Jan 15, 2015
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2016 BMW M6
2015 Detroit Auto Show

BMW M CEO Franciscus van Meel on AWD, Turbos, and the M2

M division is looking to expand into new segments going forward.
| Jan 15, 2015
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Lexus RC F GT3 Concept
2015 Detroit Auto Show

Lexus Set to Go Racing in 2016 with the RC F GT3

V-8-powered racer is set to enter FIA GT3 class next year.
| Jan 13, 2015
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2014 BMW i3 eDrive
No Filter

Driving the 2014 BMW i3 in the Real World

My week with the range-extender model.
| Jan 07, 2015
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2014 Ford Fiesta ST Front Three Quarter 2
Long-Term Tests

2014 Ford Fiesta ST – A Fresh Perspective

Contributor Marc Noordeloos spends some time with the Fiesta ST.
| Dec 25, 2014
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2014 Porsche 911 GT3
No Filter

Cars That Need a Fix to Be Truly Fabulous

These cars are good -- but they could be even better.
| Dec 17, 2014
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2014 Ferrari FF
No Filter

The Ultimate Winter Rides

Forget the winter beater.
| Dec 10, 2014
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All Stars 2015   Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Final
Car Awards

Chevrolet Camaro Z/28: 2015 AUTOMOBILE All-Star

Its logic will escape the masses—and that’s just fine with us
| Nov 16, 2014
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1990 1996 Nissan 300ZX rear above three quarter view in motion
No Filter

Cars and Adventures That Shaped My Love of Handling Dynamics: Part 2

From rear-wheel drive to all-wheel drive to front-wheel drive.
| Nov 05, 2014
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2014 Jaguar XF Wagon Front Three Quarter View 2
No Filter

Driving the Jaguar XF Wagon in the U.K.

Another family-luxury car we can’t buy in the States.
| Oct 22, 2014
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2014 Volkswagen Amarok Canyon Front Three Quarter View In Motion 1
Road Tests

2014 Volkswagen Amarok Canyon Review

There is no mistaking the Amarok for the Touareg.
| Sep 30, 2014
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