Michael Frank, Author

Michael Frank got his driver's license on the morning of his 16th birthday and a year later, bought his first car, a 1974 Ford Capri with a "sleeper" 2.8 liter V-6 (and a rusting carapace of peeling blue metallic paint). The first weekend of Capridom, while Michael was away on a school trip, a neighbor plowed into the car. Michael was thrilled; he took the insurance money and lovingly massaged every dent and wart out of the surface of his Ford--and then had it painted Candy Apple Red. The car tested Michael's mechanical acuity (though not more than the subsequent purchase of a 1960 Beetle) while cementing his love for all things automotive. As an adult (sometimes arguable) he's covered the car world as both a writer and editor for such distinguished organs as National Geographic Adventure, Esquire, Forbes and Forbes.com (and currently at times for Businessweek.com) and is also a deputy editor for two-wheel-focused magazines, Bicycling and Mountain Bike, both published by Rodale.

Articles

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX: Another Take

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX: Another Take

I’m kind of ornery when it comes to affordable performance sedans. Above all, I’m looking for a car that’s fun, with the right mix of decent horsepower, but more, exceptionally good reflexes without a punishing ride. People buy sports sedans as daily drivers, so they have to be...

January 26, 2011
 
2011 Ford Mustang V-6

2011 Ford Mustang V-6 vs. 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec

Boy is this an unfair fight. On the one hand there’s a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine from Hyundai good for 210 horsepower battling a bruising, 3.7-liter V-6 good for... read more September 16, 2010


 
Porsche Panamera S

Driven: 2010 Porsche Panamera S

When Porsche decided to come out with a hatchback sedan, the Panamera, a few years ago, you heard of tremendous distress from supposed Porschefiles - you’d have thought... read more July 13, 2010


 
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR Touring

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution first drive review

My 18-year-old nephew, on a visit to our house for a barbecue, took one look at this car in the driveway and said, “Um, when?” As in when would he get a ride. His... read more June 21, 2010


 
2010 Audi S4

Driven: 2010 Audi S4

The 2010 Audi S4 gets about 30 percent better fuel economy than the 2008 S4. What? You don’t think first about fuel economy when shopping for a 333hp super sports... read more June 7, 2010


 
2009 Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTEC Preview

Driven: 2010 Mercedes-Benz ML350 Bluetec

A friend of mine recently commented on the experience of driving his father-in-law's E-Class. “Wow, what a great car!” he cooed. He went on to say that while he figured a... read more June 7, 2010


 
2010 Acura ZDX Official Production Reveal

Review: Acura ZDX And Honda Accord Crosstour

I was prepared to dislike both the Honda Accord Crosstour, the chubby wagonish crossover based on the Accord, and its more upscale cousin, the Acura ZDX, the highly sculpted... read more June 1, 2010


 

 
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