John F. Katz
Auto historian John F. Katz has driven everything from century-old steam cars to exotic sports cars and custom-bodied classics. He has twice received the Award of Distinction from the Society of Automotive Historians, first for his biography of F.E. and F.O. Stanley, then for his book, "Soaring Spirit: 35 Years of the Ford Thunderbird." Katz also wrote "Corvette: An American Classic," and recently co-authored Thunderbird 2002 with Mike Lamm. Katz has served as a judge in several prestigious concours events.
Katz graduated from Rutgers University in 1982, with degrees in mechanical engineering and communications; he later earned a masters degree in public relations from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). His early job assignments ranged from testing industrial turbomachinery to PR work for the Bucks County (Pennsylvania) public schools. In mid-1984, he embarked on a career in automotive journalism as an associate editor at Automobile Quarterly. He was promoted to executive editor in early 1988, and two years later turned to full-time free-lancing.
Aside from editing road tests for New Car Test Drive, Katz currently serves as a contributing editor for AutoWeek and Hotrod & Restoration magazines. He writes regularly for Performance Racing Industry, Special Interest Autos, and Hemmings Rods & Performance. Katz lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.