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 M3
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Cars I’d Buy With My Own Money – Part 2 (the Over-$40,000 Edition)

Additional answers to the question, What’s your favorite car?
| Sep 17, 2014
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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI
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Cars I'd Buy with My Own Money – Part 1 (the under $40,000 Edition)

The real answers to the question: What’s your favorite car?
| Sep 03, 2014
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Volkswagen GTI MK1
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Kids and Their First Cars

The problem with being the man who knows too much about cars.
| Jul 23, 2014
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2013 scion FR S
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Focused Automobiles and Car Buyers

Diesel stick-shift wagons don’t sell.
| Jun 11, 2014
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2013 Triumph Tiger 800XC Riding
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The Cycling Life

The appeal of motorcycles.
| Apr 28, 2014
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2014 Nissan Pathfinder
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The Death of Real Japanese SUVs

What was once all the rage is now hard to find.
| Mar 27, 2014
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Toyota FT 1 Concept Detroit
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The Art Of The Badge

Some specialized U.S. branding simply isn't necessary.
| Mar 19, 2014
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BMW 320si
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Missing Homologation Specials

Where have all the racing-derived production cars gone?
| Feb 19, 2014
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All Options Are Not Equal

Stop buying the cars that don’t get the details right, and they may be fixed in the future.
| Jan 31, 2014
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2013 Mazda MAZDASPEED3

My Thoughts on the Next Mazdaspeed 3

I have some strong opinions on Mazda’s next hot hatch.
| Dec 05, 2013
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Driving the New VW Golf a Half-Year Before Its U.S. Premier

Sampling three flavors of VW Golf in England.
| Nov 21, 2013
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News & Rumors

Driving Aston Martin’s Analog Sports Cars

If you’re lucky enough to regularly attend launches for new Aston Martin models, you might begin to feel like Bill Murray’s character in the 1993 film, Groundhog Day.
| Oct 18, 2013
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