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Thom Taylor

Thom Taylor is a celebrated automotive journalist whose work has been featured in Hot Rod, Rodders Journal, Hagerty, and MotorTrend. He was awarded the Top 100 Most Influential People in Hot Rodding from Hot Rod Magazine, and was inducted into the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame and the National Rod and Custom Hall of Fame. He’s a member of SEMA and the NHRA. Find more of his work in his portfolio, on Muck Rack, and on LinkedIn.

Thom has authored a number of books, including Hot Rod & Custom Chronicle and several guides for drawing vehicles like a pro, which pull from his distinguished ventures as an automotive illustrator.

Thom joined the MotorBiscuit team in 2019, and focuses his coverage on new vehicle releases, design, and the latest features and tech in the industry. His tenure of 25 years writing about the industry gives him a unique context for the auto news he covers, whether it’s part of the Rusty Monday series or the latest news from Chevy. Thom has built two complete cars from the ground up and driven vintage roadsters at the Indy 500. He follows and admires the work of several journalists in the field, including Cole Coonce, Matt Taibbi, Ben Fong-Torres, and the late Brock Yates and David E. Davis, Jr.

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Automotive News

Regrets? These are the Top Cars and Trucks Sold Within One Year

What does it say about the vehicles on this list? We won’t venture there other than to say many reasons could compel one to sell their big purchase within a year. From life situations to regrets and everything in between, this is an unenviable circumstance. Data firm iSeeCars put this fun list together. They looked …
2019 Nissan TITAN Pro4X parked in the city
Trucks & SUVs

Nissan Drops Titan Diesel and Regular Cab

Nissan sold only 2,242 Titan trucks last month so it was only a matter of time before they started looking to prune slow sellers. Today it was announced that Nissan has killed the Nissan-specific 5.0-liter Cummins diesel engine. Nissan has also axed the single-cab Titan body style. You can still purchase the Nissan Titan crew …
2019 Nissan Leaf on display
Hybrids & Electrics

Why So Many Used Electric Cars Are For Sale

All new cars become used cars, and that includes electric vehicles. With leases ending and EVs aging, they’re starting to pop up on dealers’ used car lots. As one would expect. That said, as has explained, EVs make up only 2% of all cars sold in the U.S. They’re Selling At only 2%, they’re …

Tuned Toyota Supra Already Makes 420 HP

Litchfield Motors in Tewkesbury, UK, is a large British tuner that massages all things fast from Porsches to Ferraris; and those fast Nissan GT-R racers. They’ve been around over 20 years, and are known as one of the premier tuner shops in Europe. They recently snagged a 2020 Toyota Supra to breathe some extra smack …

Dodge Doesn’t Make a Challenger Convertible. So What Is This?

It honestly feels like the current Dodge Challenger has been available for, like, 62 years. Not really. But, it’s getting into Model T and VW Beetle category for longevity. Even the Model T and Beetle had variants like a convertible. We’ve wondered why Fiat-Chrysler doesn’t make a ‘vert version of the Challenger, and obviously so …
Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV
Tips, Tricks & Trends

What’s Going On Over At Jaguar?

Two things are causing Jaguar to bleed red ink at the moment. Brexit, that pesky unknown no one can predict, and crawling to the electrified dance. Still, the British automaker does have lots of new products ready to spring on auto enthusiasts. Jaguar looks to soon be replacing every model it currently produces. In addition, …
2019 Toyota RAV4 Top IIHS Safety Pick

2019 Toyota RAV4 Gets IIHS Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the Toyota RAV4 crossover its highest safety rating.  It checked off every safety category the IIHS has to get the “2019 Top Safety Pick” rating. Those safety categories cover specific items under umbrella headings for crashworthiness, crash avoidance, and child seat anchors. Within each of these …

It’s Always Been Free: Should BMW Charge for Apple’s CarPlay?

Automotive lore says that from their early days of producing cars the Japanese philosophy is that adding free little extras for no charge is a pleasant surprise that will keep customers coming back. Is this the reason why BMW charges $80 a year extra for Apple Carplay, but the BMW-based Toyota Supra gives it to …
Tips, Tricks & Trends

2020 BMW M3: 480 or 510 hp, Optional AWD, and Manuals

BMW M boss Markus Flasch says there will be a lot more go-fast goodness from BMW’s M division starting in 2020, according to Car Magazine.  The M3 will get the new 3.0-Liter twin-turbo S58 straight-six, which is the same engine you’ll get in both X3 M and X4 M models. The Competition version will get …

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Insane 0-100-0 In 10.6 Seconds

If a 0-100-0 in 10.6 seconds Mustang doesn’t arrest those mid-engine Corvette daydreams, you don’t dream hardcore enough. Ford will sell you the most powerful street-legal Mustang—actually the most powerful street-legal Ford, ever built. It’s just announced the 2020 Shelby Mustang will pack 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque. Can the human brain even …
Hybrids & Electrics

Electric Cars Are Mobility Future With Only 2% Sales?

Everything we see says electric car purchases are on the rise. Many hold that they will overtake conventional and hybrid cars in the not-too-distant future. From just a 0.14% share of the market in 2011, they’ve powered ahead to 2.1% in 2018. 2019 looks to break that record, even with the overall downturn in sales. …

You Can Buy a New C7 Chevrolet Corvette at a Huge Discount

Chevy dealers are discounting the heck out of 2018 and 2019 C7 Corvettes. We wonder why? Oh, yeah. The mid-engine C8 is almost ready to hit dealer showrooms. But the last of the front-engine Corvettes and also the last of the manual Corvettes is still quite a technological tour-d’-force, and maybe the best Vette ever …
Ford F-350 diesel truck at the work site
Trucks & SUVs

Ford’s 7.3-Liter V8 Is a Low-End Torque Monster

America’s best selling truck will soon have the largest displacement gas-powered V8 engine available in any truck. Ford just announced the new 7.3-liter V8 will be powering Super Duty pickups and commercial vehicles up to their big F-750 Medium Duty trucks and stripped chassis for motorhomes and other aftermarket customers. Features The engine’s compact architecture …

A Blazing Mess For Chevy’s New Blazer

There are a lot of people upset about the new Chevy Blazer. But for wildly different reasons. Some say it’s another example of GM squandering an iconic brand by labeling a weak-sauce crossover as “Blazer”. Many were hoping Chevy would take the brand seriously—as seriously as Ford takes the Bronco brand. They wanted to see …

These Are the 20 Most Stolen Cars

Fast Dodges and big-hauling pickups are the vehicles of choice for thieves these days. As USA Today reports, a new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute lists the top 20 vehicles most likely to be stolen. Topping the list is the Dodge Charger with a Hemi engine. Joining the list at number two is …
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Standard Features Revealed

Ready to order your new 2020 Corvette? Wait! You don’t know what options, colors, combinations, and other stuff are waiting for you in all of that fiberglass fantasticness? Motorbiscuit will be your friend forever once you know everything Corvette. By going to GM’s Fleet Order Guide you can download a PDF with anything and more …
Winter driving

Some Automakers Are Imploding. Here’s What’s Happening

The month of July looks like Hell for a number of vaunted automakers. While all companies are seeing a downturn from slumping sales, a number of them have seen disastrous drops in profits for the first half of 2019. Let’s start with Aston Martin. Aston Martin With the whole Brexit deal being a giant black …
2020 GMC Sierra 2500 HD parked in gravel
Trucks & SUVs

GM Makes Almost All of Its Money on Truck Sales

Loaded Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, SUVs, crossovers, and a 10.7% profit margin in North American have General Motors executives dancing in the halls of Detroit’s silver silos. The news helped spike GM shares 3.3% to over a one-year high according to Reuters.  “The alarm may be softly ringing for GM to finally reawaken …
Tips, Tricks & Trends

2020 Porsche Taycan Set to Outsell the 911

In this brave new world of auto electrification, one of the most highly anticipated 2020 cars is the Porsche Taycan. “Highly anticipated” is an understatement. Porsche just announced that 30,000 pre-orders (at $4,000 each) have already been received for the as-yet-unseen all-electric Porsche. That’s some serious demand! What’s more, as Bloomberg reports, the Taycan is set …
Tips, Tricks & Trends

The Rush Is On For Buick Cascadas Before Production Ends

2019 is the last year you can buy Buick’s Opel-based Cascada convertible, and the numbers show they are flying off of dealer’s lots. Year-to-date sales for 2019 have reached a staggering 2,058 units. That’s right! A little more than 2,000 Cascadas found owners so far in 2019. Or is it the other way around? Either …