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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 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.

close up of brake pedal in car
Hybrids & Electrics

What Is One-Pedal Driving?

Vehicles have gone from three pedals-brake, clutch, and accelerator; to one-pedal driving. That is if you have an EV that supports it. So what is one-pedal driving? In short, it uses the vehicle’s electric motor to slow the car down when you release the accelerator. It effectively eliminates the need to brake.  Electric motors in …

Humble One from Humble Motors solar and electric hybrid
Hybrids & Electrics

Humble Wants To Be First With Solar-Powered SUV

Yet another electric vehicle startup has a bold goal to be the first with a solar-powered SUV. California startup Humble Motors has already begun the development of the “Humble One.” This is a four-door crossover SUV. One goal for Humble is to see a 500-mile range through a combination of electric and solar power. Plans …

An image of a twin-turbo Chevrolet Corvette out on a racetrack.
Sedans & Coupes

You Can’t Buy A 2021 C8 Corvette Anymore

Chevrolet is no longer taking orders for the 2021 Corvette as more setbacks stymie production. Order books will open for the 2022 Corvette this summer. So if you wanted to order a 2021 model you’re too late.  “Chevrolet dealers will begin taking orders for 2022 Corvettes in July” “Due to an overwhelming demand for the …

Mashup between a Nissan Altima and a Ford Ranger pickup bed
Trucks & SUVs

“Daltima” Pickup Mashup Of A Ford Ranger And Nissan Altima

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? Especially, when you’re combining two completely different vehicles into one? This usually never works out creating freakish rolling Frankensteins. But this pickup mashup of a Ford Ranger Flareside back and Nissan Altima front kinda works, don’t you think? It’s called “Daltima” though we don’t know …

An image of a Tesla Model Y out on a race track.
Hybrids & Electrics

Tesla Using In-Car Cameras In Legal Crash Disputes

With Level 2 driver-assistance systems comes a ”cabin camera” with a watchful eye on the driver. It monitors the driver’s face to record drowsy driving or the driver’s eyes being distracted. And it is important for the system to monitor the driver. There are situations that driver-assist can’t compute. In those cases, it will regularly …

Bolivian lithium mines
Hybrids & Electrics

Did Tesla Start Bolivia’s Coup in 2019?

This is a strange one, even for Tesla founder Elon Musk. Back in 2019 the President of Bolivia Evo Morales was ousted in a coup. Now, current President Luis Arce is accusing Musk of being involved in the coup. Arce thanked Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for granting asylum to Morales in a press …

Segway kick scooter e-scooter
2 Wheels

Remember Segway? It’s Back With A Different Kick-Scooter

Remember those self-balanced things you stood on to blitz you around? We used to see police running around on them at sporting events and such. They stopped making those ubiquitous personal mobility things last year after 20 years in production. But now they’re back with this new e-scooter. It’s called the Segway Kick-Scooter. Today the …

An image of a 2021 Ford Bronco parked outdoors.
Trucks & SUVs

Ford Is Giving Bronco Buyers Money Back: Here’s Why

The Ford Bronco rollout is getting a little clunky. But June is still the month Bronco customers should start receiving their SUVs. But there has been a snag with the supplier for some of the hardtop roof options so some won’t be available as ordered. Ford sent letters to Bronco customers offering FordPass Rewards points, …

The all-new 2021 Cadillac Escalade is displayed during the Cadillac Oscar Week Celebration at Chateau Marmont
Trucks & SUVs

Recall: GM Recalling 95,000 SUVs For Bad Seatbelts

A recall notice has been issued for almost 95,000 2021 Cadillac, Chevy, and GMC full-size SUVs over seat belt damage. Those models included in the recall include 2021 Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac Escalade ESV, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, Chevrolet Suburban, and Chevrolet Tahoe large SUVs. The recall is for seatbelts used in the third-row seats …

A red 2021 Lexus IS driving on a tree-lined road
Sedans & Coupes

Top Two Fastest-Selling Vehicles Are Cars Not SUVs

Wait, what? Do any car companies even sell cars anymore? Are cars becoming more popular than SUVs all of the sudden? All we know is that the two fastest-selling vehicles in February 2021 were cars. All two of them; the Corvette and Lexus IS 350. We keep being told that cars are dead We keep …

Slabs cruising park
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Tony New Apartment Residents Want Weekend Car Shows Gone

A new luxury apartment complex has popped up in Austin, Texas. That’s great, except the tony new apartment residents don’t like the weekend car shows that have been happening there for years. Like, way before the apartment was a gleam in the property owner’s eyes.  Since the early 1990s car shows have happened at Cesar …

Dunham Corvorado at concours
Sedans & Coupes

Dunham Corvorado: The Most Outlandish Cars Ever Made

For all of the cars we come across at MotorBiscuit to call one series of cars the “Most Outlandish” it has to really be outlandish. And there is no other way to describe the Dunham Coach Motor Car Company Corvorado. If another series car qualifies for that distinction better than the Corcovado please let us …

Zimmer Quicksilver as
Sedans & Coupes

Creepy Or Cool: 1986 Zimmer Quicksilver Coupe

If you look real close you still won’t be able to tell what this car started as. Keep looking. These were an elaborate re-body by Zimmer out of Florida. Florida was a mecca for exploits like this because of all of the boat building and development going on there. Zimmer built retro-trash “neo-classic” classic cars …

Valarra C6 Corvette in candy apple red
Sedans & Coupes

Supercar Of Your Dreams Or Just A C6 Corvette Body Kit?

A lot of unique vehicles have passed through the MotorBiscuit portals but we feel remiss in not knowing about this one before. Behold the Valarra Corvette. No, it’s not exotic but it looks like one. It is a body kit for a C6 Chevy Corvette. Valarra, out of Pinellas Park, Florida, has done an excellent …

Lexus LF-1 Limitless crossover concept | Lexus-2
Trucks & SUVs

Next Lexus LF SUV Will Sell For $180,000

The Lexus LF is the flagship SUV of Toyota’s premium brand. Now it wants to be everyone’s premium brand flagship by knocking out the likes of Mercedes and BMW. But Lexus has been slow in getting the LF, based on the LF-1 Limitless concept to production. What was meant to debut sometime this year, it …

Leaked Nissan 400ZX | newnissanz
Sedans & Coupes

Leaked: First Images Of Nissan 400Z Production Model

Aside from the black tape covering the Nissan 400Z badges, this is a production-like version of the next Z-car. We weren’t too excited about the next Nissan 400 Z because it’s basically a reskin of the current Z. But many loved the looks of the concept, so we’ll reserve further comment until we get to …

Volga Coupe from Russia | A:Level
Sedans & Coupes

Did You Know Russia Made A Supercar? Here It Is!

Did you know that Russia made a supercar? We didn’t either, in fact, it never occurred to us seeing as how it is not exactly known for state-of-the-art cars. This is the Volga V12 Coupe supercar. It is styled after the 1956-1970 Volga M21, which was the most luxurious car made in Russia. And ubiquitous …

2020 RAM TRX Youtube jump posted by Street Speed 717 via YouTube
Trucks & SUVs

Ram TRX Jump Gets YouTuber 18 Criminal Counts

Remember that YouTuber that did that stupid thing? Wait, that’s pretty much most of them. But this one did his stupid thing with a pickup truck. A brand-new 2021 Ram TRX pickup truck. In the name of his followers, he jumped his brand-new TRX. But now he’s in hot water for allegedly breaking the law.  …

2020 Kia Stinger convertible one-off in gray
Sedans & Coupes

Look: Somebody Just Cut The Roof Off Of A Kia Stinger

The Kia Stinger, as cool as it looks, is a sedan. That means it is generally not considered a likely candidate for convertible bliss. Being a four-door, there is only a handful that has ever been wrought as convertibles. Factory convertibles, that is. And Kia isn’t considering making one. But that doesn’t stop Kia dealers …

Magna eBeam EV axle in chassis
Hybrids & Electrics

“eBeam”: The Simple Way To Electrify Cars and Trucks

Magna has taken a novel approach to the electrification of cars and trucks. And it is fairly simple, making it easier for manufacturers to survive the electric zeitgeist. It’s called the “eBeam” and it essentially replaces the conventional rear axle with one incorporating an electric motor or two in the middle. And it is powerful …

An image of a Tesla Model Y out on a race track.
Hybrids & Electrics

Feds Open 27 Investigations Into Recent Tesla Crashes

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration just opened up 27 new investigations of Teslas that have been involved in crashes. At least three of these crashes have happened just within the last few weeks. Four of the Tesla investigations have already been completed. The oldest case is from 2013. One of the most recent …

2021 Ford Equator for China | Ford
Trucks & SUVs

2022 Ford Equator SUV Unveiled: Not For US

Does this look like a Ford SUV to you? If it doesn’t it might be because it is not meant for you. It is being manufactured in China and for China. It is the 2022 Ford Equator three-row SUV and it was just unveiled there. And the feature Equator is this striking purple-colored one shown.  …

An illuminated Tesla sign seen from outside
Hybrids & Electrics

China’s Military Just Banned Tesla: What’s Going On?

China’s military has banned all Tesla vehicles from its military complexes and housing. It fears how Teslas have data collection and camera capabilities and that those could be used for espionage. If Tesla owners must go to military areas they are to park outside of these Chinese properties. The Chinese military says Tesla in-car cameras …

Lordstown Motors EV pickup
Hybrids & Electrics

Are The Feds Closing In On Lordstown Motors?

Last week we told you about Hindenburg Research and how they are in the business of shorting stocks. They’re the firm that came up with some of the shaky news surrounding Nikola Motors. That ultimately led to the founder leaving and a whole set of problems that continue right up to today. Now it seems, …

2021 Ford F-150 Police Pursuit with lights flashing
Trucks & SUVs

Police Pursuit-Rated 2021 Ford F-150 Is Comin’ Ta Get Ya

The next flashing red lights you see in your rearview mirror might be coming from a Police Pursuit Ford truck. That’s because Ford has just revealed the 2021 F-150 Police Responder pursuit vehicle. With the growing popularity of Ford’s F-150, so too has the demand increased for a police pursuit F-150. Now it will become …

A green-and-white WRC Skoda Fabia Evo drifts through a turn at the snow-covered 2021 Artic Rally Finland
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Now Feds Want To Ban Production-Based Race Cars

In its lawsuit with Gear Box Z, the EPA says the Clean Air Act won’t allow anyone to convert a street car into a race car. If it wins the suit this sets a precedent establishing a ban on all production-based competition-only race cars. And that current production-based race car owners are breaking the law. …

Tiger Woods accident car on its side
Tips, Tricks & Trends

How Come Tiger Woods Wasn’t Tested By Police After Crash?

The LA County Sheriff’s department and first responders to golf star Tiger Woods’ serious crash last month made comments and decisions favorable to Woods. Forensic experts are now coming forward criticizing early Sheriff’s statements. They say police and Sheriff’s officials gave Woods ‘the benefit of the doubt.” This may explain why Tiger Woods wasn’t tested …

1984 Honda CR-X 2 twin-engine | Rare Blend via YouTube
Sedans & Coupes

You Need This Twin-Engine 1984 Honda CR-X For Sale

Crazy magazine builds tend to disappear, and then reappear years and sometimes decades later. This Honda project was memorable for featuring two engines in this CR-X-2 dubbed “Project Synchronicity” by Car and Driver back in 1984. It even ended up on a C&D cover. Everybody needs a twin-engine Honda CR-X, right? After disappearing for years …

Alpha Wolf EV Pickup Truck | Alpha
Hybrids & Electrics

EV Pickups Leave You Cold? Check OutThe Alpha Wolf

The folks at Alpha Motor Corporation in Cali have been busy looking ahead while looking backward. We say that because their prototypes are state-of-the-art electric vehicles, but they have retro looks. We’ve seen the Ace Coupe and Jax CUV now comes this latest called the Wolf. And it’s a pickup looking like a slick lifted …

Singer ACS Porsche flying in jump
Sedans & Coupes

Porsche Tells Builder Remove Its Brand Name From Car

A book could be written about how often companies like Rolls Royce and Ferrari send out cease-and-desist letters for trademark issues. Lawsuits are a regular occurrence when your name or product wedges into popular culture. But Porsche doesn’t make the news much when it comes to trademark law. Until now. Porsche asked Singer Vehicle Design …

Dealership Service Department from 1950s
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Auto Brands With Best Service Rated: JD Power

That deal on your new or used car is important, but once you drive off your most important connection to the dealer is service. And that remains for the duration of ownership. That’s why JD Power’s Best Brands Service ratings are so important. You know the hassles associated with a bad service department. Nobody needs …