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

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News & Rumors

Living With A 2013 Ford Focus ST2

The automaker best defined by the Super Duty finally has a proper performance compact once again.
| Apr 18, 2013
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News & Rumors

Vette Engineering Manager Explains C7 Chassis

The Corvette’s ride and handling have come a long way from the C5 and C6.
| Feb 22, 2013
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2013 SRT Viper Coupe
Road Tests

First Drive: 2013 SRT Viper

The 2013 SRT Viper nearly didn't make it. Chrysler put the Viper brand up for sale in 2008, seeing little justification for a 600-hp sports car when the company was fighting for survival.
| Sep 05, 2012
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News & Rumors

Not in the USA: 2012 Jaguar XF 3.0L Diesel S

I have distinct memories of our Four Seasons 2009 Jaguar XF Supercharged, from the good, to the bad, to the ugly.
| Nov 28, 2011
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News & Rumors

Not in the USA: 2011 BMW 530d Wagon

The BMW 5-series Gran Turismo is a thorn in the side of fans of the German brand’s 5-series wagon.
| Apr 07, 2011
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News & Rumors

BMW 320d in England

Fuel in the UK is £1.30 per liter.
| May 03, 2010
12 Used All-Stars
Features

12 Used All-Stars

Here are twelve All-Star winners from the past decade that have aged particularly gracefully. The fact that they're now affordable makes them all the more desirable.
| May 01, 2009
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Review: 2009 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S
Road Tests

Review: 2009 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S

The Sport GT S - Maserati's most driver-focused Quattroporte yet - combines all of the best features that have trickled into the gorgeous Italian four-door since it launched more than five years ago.
| Apr 27, 2009
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Acura ARX-01b - From Windstar to Race Car
Auto Racing

Acura ARX-01b - From Windstar to Race Car

A first-hand report on why wheeling a rented minivan around Sebring is a whole lot different from lapping the track wide-open in an Acura ARX-01b
| Mar 25, 2009
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2009 Audi S5
Editors Notebook

2009 Audi S5

The 2009 Audi S5 is another Audi product-in addition to the A5 and the R8-that one feels compelled to caress, if only visually
| Mar 13, 2009
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2009 Volvo XC90 AWD
Editors Notebook

2009 Volvo XC90 AWD

Yes, the XC90 is starting to show its age, but the qualities for which Volvo is best known - its safety features - are still there in spades.
Don Sherman
| Mar 06, 2009
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2009 Ford Edge SEL FWD
Editors Notebook

2009 Ford Edge SEL FWD

Its styling is clean and modern, and the Edge is distinctive enough that it's instantly recognizable amid the sea of lookalike vehicles on today's roads.
| Mar 04, 2009
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First Drive: 2009 Nissan Cube
Road Tests

First Drive: 2009 Nissan Cube

After a long wait, America is finally getting the Nissan Cube. If you're looking for a funky, inexpensive car that is decent to drive, the Cube may be your perfect box.
| Feb 27, 2009
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2009 Volkswagen Routan S
Editors Notebook

2009 Volkswagen Routan S

The upmarket VW touches are easy to spot if you're familiar with the Chrysler minivans, but they're still nice, including a better shifter, nicer interior door trim, and much more substantial inside door handles.
| Feb 27, 2009
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