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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.

Automotive News

UK Wants Ban On All Private Vehicles By 2050. Yikes!

Even though Motorbiscuit is an enthusiast site first, you need to be tight with your friends and tighter with your enemies; so we present this as a public service and not an endorsement. The UK wants to ban ALL private vehicles by 2050 to meet Britain’s carbon-neutral goal.  We don’t mean just combustion engine vehicles. …

Cars

VW Will Announce New Logo That Looks Like The Old One

The more things change the more they stay the same. Volkswagen has announced that they will reveal their new logo at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.  If you think you’ve seen it before you may have noticed it in their Hello Light ad for the ID Buzz Microbus EV. Then again, you might have …

Hybrids & Electrics

Audi Teases AI:Trail Quattro Ahead Of Frankfurt Show

Audi is teasing their latest concept for the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. Called the Audi AI:Trail Quattro, it’s an off-road vehicle that Audi says will be all-electric.  That’s all Audi is saying about it, other than teasing the concept with this dark image. At least they’re showing us a good portion of the concept with …

Cars

China Retaliates Over Trump Tariffs With 25% Import Auto Duty

China’s Ministry of Commerce announced today they will impose new tariffs on $75 billion of US goods to counter President Trump’s planned levies on Chinese imports. Besides the 5% tariff on American soybeans and crude-oil imports, the killer for American car manufacturers will be a 25% tariff on US cars starting December 15.  The announced …

Cars

Original Auto Spy Photographer–the Zany World of Jim Dunne

The photographer that virtually invented the art of shooting spy photos of cars not released to the public died this week at 87 years old. Jim Dunne was recognized throughout the world as the leading new-car spy photographer. For Fun and Profit We’ve all seen those long-lens shots of vehicles zooming down a dusty desert …

Hybrids & Electrics

Chevy Bolt Is 100% Solar Charged

Looking as strange as one would expect, one guy outside of Ottawa, Canada, built himself a solar recharging system so he never has to plug in again. Daniel McGuire was cruising around in his Chevy Bolt when he decided he needed to make the car completely self-sustainable according to cleantechnica.com. First Try Looking at cell …

Cars

Watch: First Look At 2021 Formula 1 Cars

We have a new video released by Formula 1 and its governing body the FIA  outlining some of the big changes that will be taking place over the next couple of years in the world’s premiere racing series. For the first time we get to see what these changes will be and how they will …

Tesla Model Y parked on road
Hybrids & Electrics

Survey: Why Buyers Avoid Electric Cars

What is it about electric cars that scares people enough that only two-percent of all cars sold are EVs? Those who purchase them rave about the cost saving satisfaction and saving the environment, too. Though they seem like appliances to enthusiasts, they have shown themselves to be performance minded. All you need to look at …

2020 Nissan GT-R
Cars

The Next Nissan GTR: What Will It Be and When?

What will Nissan do about their 370Z and GTR performance cars? Will enthusiasts ever see another performance car out of Nissan? Will the GTR slowly shuffle off into the graveyard of cars sold way past their prime? Will it sell for so long Nissan will market it as a new car that’s so old it’s …

Cars

California Dealers File Complaint Against Volvo

Care by Volvo is a service provided by Volvo Cars USA that allows you to lease certain Volvo cars monthly with insurance and maintenance included, with a 15,000-mile-per-year cap for two years. After 12 months you can switch to a different Volvo. With a $500 deposit, monthly payments average between $700-800 for the two years …

Audi RS6 Avant
Cars

Yes! Audi Brings Haulin’ 2020 RS6 Avant Wagon To US

As station wagons in the US are canceled one by one leaving so few you can count them on one hand, Audi sends us a love letter in the form of the 2020 RS6 Avant. This hauler looks nas. Volkswagen just killed its last two Golf wagons. We see the Buick TourX wagon barely hanging …

Cars

Drako GTE EV Boasts 1200hp, 206 mph, $1.25 Million Price

If you can’t keep up with all of the new auto startups centered around electric vehicles, you may want to stop reading because here’s another one. The latest electric kid on the block is Drako Motors. Their car is a four-motor electric monster built around the bones of the Fisker Karma. Remember Fisker? That was …

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser off-roading over rocky trail

Is the Toyota Land Cruiser Dead? Why Isn’t It Selling Like Other SUVs?

If the Toyota Land Cruiser was killed tomorrow, would anyone know? Would anyone care? It depends on who you hang around with. Rumors abound that the Land Cruiser will be discontinued in 2021. As less than 3,000 are sold annually, those circulating the rumors seem to be the only ones who care, and they are …

Tips, Tricks & Trends

Assembly Plant Shuffle Signals End of Lincoln Continental

While Lincoln has been coy about its plans for future Continentals, the assembly plant news announced today by parent company Ford signals the end of Continental production–at least in the US. From Automotive News comes word that Ford plans on building two midsize electric crossovers at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. The crossovers …

2019 Volkswagen Beetle
Cars

Say Goodbye To These Discontinued Cars For 2020

All wrapped up for you in a neat bow are all of the cars we say “goodbye” to in 2019. These cars—and they’re all cars with the exception of two Lincoln crossovers that are being renamed for 2020—won’t be back in 2020. A couple might show up down the road, but for almost all of …

a Volkswagen Diesel engine spews black exhaust
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Not Again! VW Caught Cheating With Its Diesel Emissions “Fix”

Not again! Volkswagen, what are you doing? Stop it already! Just when you thought Volkswagen’s “Dieselgate” emissions debacle was behind it, a German court today revealed that VW’s “fix” for the diesel cheating devices contains another cheat device. We can’t make this up. In a court hearing in Dusseldorf, Germany, the district court there has revealed …

Cars

McLaren Announces a New Unnamed Speedster

The Pebble Beach Concours is quite the place for exotic car announcements and 2019 was no exception. McLaren has ambitious plans to launch 18 new models between now and 2025 based on its “Track25” business plan. At a private gathering, McLaren CEO Mike Flewett announced a new addition to the Ultimate Series McLaren entering production …

Cars

A Botched Auction, Controversy, and Why Porsche Should Buy the Type 64

After the big publicity push behind the auction of the “first” Porsche ever built, the Type 64, slated for this past weekend in Pebble Beach, the auction turned into a nightmare for auctioneers RM Sotheby. With a reserve that many thought was $30 million, the auction was started at $10 million. It quickly escalated to …

Cars

More Project Cars Should Be Built Like Icon’s Derelicts

If you’re into old cars and fancied doing a project someday but were turned off by what you think it takes in both ability and cha-cha, you should watch this Icon vid at the bottom of the post. Really. There was a time when something old was not considered used up. If it was an …

Car Manufacturing
Cars

Recession, Brexit, and Union Negotiations Could Tank Global Car Industry

Today’s more-than-800-point drop in the stock market confirms the warning signs many financial scribes and analysts have been bleating; that there’s another recession heading our way. Less demand for vehicles and the Trump tariffs are causing carmakers to back off of some product plans to help weather a possible recession, according to Reuters.  Add to …

Cars

You Can Get a 2020 Toyota Supra With a Manual Transmission After All

Maybe Toyota got it right with the 2020 Supra. Don’t offer a manual transmission and they’ll be writing about it for years, which is publicity. Even if it’s not good publicity.  The Supra seems like the best performance model Toyota has offered in years. One of the most natural options one can imagine would be …

Hybrids & Electrics

The Bronco and Mustang-Inspired EV Are the Future at Ford

Ford is laying out a massive new portfolio of products to better address the fast-changing consumer demands happening right now. Things we never thought would be considered are in the pipeline for production by 2020. Ford announced it’s radically changing up some of its most iconic brands in the face of falling demand for conventionally-powered …

Cars

2020 VW T-Roc Cabriolet Is Coming (But Not Here)

Those of you in a funk over the cancellation of the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet and can’t afford a Land Rover Range Rover Evoque convertible can now rejoice! No, the CrossCab is not coming back, nor will there be a price cut on the Evoque ‘vert. What appears to be a worthy replacement is on the …

Ford Explorer Carbon Monoxide Lawsuit Filed

A lawsuit has been filed by six Washington state troopers alleging their Ford Explorer SUVs made them sick due to carbon monoxide poisoning. The suit calls out 2014-2017 Police Interceptor Explorers. Saying Ford knew about the problem they say “Ford has recently issued an emission recall notice for all Ford Interceptor SUVs built between 2011-2018.” …

Tips, Tricks & Trends

Acura Type S Concept Looks Absolutely Gorgeous

The whole of Acura has been viewed as some sort of dystopian nightmare of bad concepts, designs, and jumbled launches and models all heading in no particular direction for no apparent reason. Did we get it about right? With the introduction of the Type S concept, we may be seeing a break from the nonstop …

Cars

Revology Will Sell You A Brand New Classic Ford Mustang

If you’ve ever driven an old Corvette or Mustang, it’s both a thrill and let down. Thrilling because it’s an iconic car from the glory days of American muscle, but a let down because those glory days don’t hold a candle to today’s modern feel, handling, and comfort.  Sitting upright with the steering wheel in …

2020 Toyota Supra
Cars

More Powerful Toyota Supras Are Coming

The Toyota Supra has a heritage of being a true sports car, and the new 2020 version is no exception. What’s different is that its development was not exclusively Toyota’s but a tandem effort with BMW. The BMW Z4 is the basis for the Supra, and vice-versa. Each has their own power plant and bits, …

Hybrids & Electrics

GM, VW Say “No Future” in Hybrids

Model cancellations, consolidations, and a march toward electrification are leading car manufacturers to make drastic decisions. Today, the Wall Street Journal announced that both General Motors and Volkswagen are killing off their Hybrid models. For them, it’s either conventional engines or electric — no middle ground. What they’re saying “Our strong preference is to go …

Car dealership
Cars

New Car Discounts For August

It’s August, so car manufacturers and dealers are anxious to get 2019 models outa here to make room for the new 2020s. In July alone JD Power says that on average manufacturers put $4,074 on the hoods of new cars. That means August should be even better for discounts says Cars.com. There are always a …

Cars

Someone Already Managed to Crash a Mid-Engine Corvette

There’s always a first, and they say California always leads. Sprinkle a 2020 Corvette into the mix and you’ve got the first C8 crashed on a public road. It happened Saturday on CA Route 120 in Yosemite. The Corvette and SUV tapped each other headed into a corner, according to Wrecked Musclecars. Two other cars …

Hybrids & Electrics

Gorgeous Karma SC1 Concept Coming to Pebble Beach

Karma will be reaching beyond their Revero sedan when they debut their new SC1 Vision Concept in Pebble Beach, California. The Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance has become a fertile venue for high-end manufacturers to debut concepts and production cars. After all, the Concours attracts many monied participants and spectators–the precise audience these high-end cars want …

Tips, Tricks & Trends

Is an SUV All That’s Happening at Bugatti?

Sports cars and SUVs normally wouldn’t be used in the same sentence or same league. Until a few years ago, that is. Now, all of the sports car/supercar manufacturers with the exception of Bugatti and McLaren have or will soon have SUVs. But wait. Now Bugatti says they’re about to dive into the SUV pool. …

Acura ILX zooming down urban street
Automotive News

Forbes’ Top 32 New Cars to Avoid

It’s that time of the year for Forbes’ “New Cars To Avoid” list. Is This Valid? Cars are a lot better than even 10 years ago, but there can still be some sorta-semi lemons in this year’s crop. The issues can range from dated designs to plunging resale values. Reliability can still be an issue, while …

Tips, Tricks & Trends

BMW Cutting Multiple Unloved Sedans After 2019

The somewhat confusing array of BMW sedans will be trimmed for 2020. BMW has released updated info for their new 2020 models that includes the discontinuation news. GT sedans, gone First to go are the 3 and 6 Series GT sedans. These were the sedans with the taller roofs, more upright seating, and hatchbacks. From …

Tesla Model S
Hybrids & Electrics

Tesla Software Updates Cut Range New Lawsuit Claims

On Wednesday, Tesla was slapped with a class-action lawsuit, according to Reuters.  The lawsuit claims a software update meant to band-aid what plaintiffs claim are defective batteries to avoid a recall, shortened battery range significantly. The suit says this affects thousands of older Model S and Model X cars. Lost Range Details The lost range …

Trucks & SUVs

GM Hit With Lawsuit Over Diesel Engine Damage

There is more dirty diesel news to report. Wednesday a class action lawsuit was filed in Detroit alleging GM “sold hundreds of thousands” of diesel trucks that pumped metal shavings into fuel-injection system damaging engines according to the Detroit News. The lawsuit claims that US diesel fuel is thinner than European diesel. This causes air …

Sixth-Gen Camaro Design Director Wouldn’t Change a Thing
Cars

Sixth-Gen Camaro Design Director Wouldn’t Change a Thing

This isn’t the first rodeo for the sixth-generation Camaro exterior design director Tom Peters. Though recently retired, he prevailed within GM Design for probably longer than he’d like to admit. But, that’s a huge badge of honor in a profession that tends to shed designers like over-ripened fruit.  Having overseen many designs from two generations …

Cars

John Force Wins 150th NHRA National Title

For the ever gregarious, fast-talking John Force his Funny Car win this Sunday in Washington was his 150th win at a National Hot Rodding Association national event. It’s a first in drag racing history. It was also his first win in 25 races. Force Says It All The 70-year-old Force said, “I may not be …

2020 Subaru WRX driving on a canyon road.
Cars

Top 10 Cars with the Most Speeding Tickets

Spoiler Alert: You won’t see any vehicle you’d expect to find on this list of cars with the most speeding tickets. In other words no Ferraris, Porsches, or BMWs. Or Mustangs, in spite of those videos showing their owners losing control while exiting an event. The Metrics A new study by Insurify put this list …

Cars

Discontinuation Derby: 2019 VW Golf R and Audi A3 Cabriolet

As car companies announce their 2020 lineups, we’re seeing more and more models dropped. In some cases, it’s to make room for more crossovers and SUVs. In others, it’s to dump some slow sellers while gearing up for replacements in 2020 as 2021 models. Today’s discontinuation derby calls to the Volkswagen Golf R and Audi …

2019 Buick Regal GS
Cars

2019 Buick Regal Continues Sedan Sales Slide

The continuing crossover/SUV zeitgeist expands unabated, with still more casualties along the way. Buick Regal is the latest to show signs that the sedan apocalypse is inflating. Regal sales decreased by 34% in 2019 Q2 compared to 2018 Q2. Total sales in 2019 through July are 6,393. The competition The Acura TLX, Regal’s direct competitor …

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 Motorbiscuit.com has explained, EVs make up only 2% of all cars sold in the U.S. They’re Selling At only 2%, they’re …

Cars

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 …

Cars

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 …