Cliff Leppke, Contributor

Cliff is a Milwaukee-based automotive writer and American studies scholar who works as an electronic journalist for a TV station. Born in 1958, he's originally from St. Louis but has lived in Chicago, Minneapolis, Rockford and Indianapolis. After completing an electrical engineering degree with an emphasis on TV broadcast technology, he went back to graduate school and studied mass communication at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Since then he did further graduate work in the history of American technology at the University of Minnesota and American Studies at St. Louis University. His specialty is American postwar material culture. He has received several awards including one from the American Advertising Federation for a public service campaign and two for his work in preserving roadside architecture. His wheels: a Team Mercier road bike, a Team Miyata track bike, a 1938 Ford, and a 1974 VW Karmann Ghia.


Person-to-Person:  VW's COO Mark Barnes

Person-to-Person: VW's COO Mark Barnes

While Detroit auto show press coverage focused on the World Congress' top dogs, I interviewed an alternative industry insider: VW's COO Mark Barnes. This piece's purpose: introduce you to the People Car Company's people person. His associates describe him as an executive who is "really enthusiastic...

January 25, 2011
2011 Buick Regal

2011 Buick Regal CXL: Roam'n Numerals

After GM's reshuffling, its mid-size German-made Opel Insignia debuts stateside donning Buick's Regal nameplate. It's an alternative to VW's now defunct-for-the-USA Passat... read more January 4, 2011

Jack Hollis presents Scion tC to Midwest press

2011 Scion tC: Young and zestful

Scion tC:  For Mature Drivers Too! Scion's 2011 tC rolled in Chicago last week.  Jack Hollis, Scion's vice president, gave the new front-drive lift-back coupe's rundown. ... read more September 14, 2010


2010 Kia Forte Koup Reviewed: A College Try?

Kia Forte Koup SX at Mount Mary College in Wisconsin Kia's latest youth quake is the Forte Koup:  a compact front-drive funster.  This coupe's specialty:  stylish... read more June 10, 2010


2010 Smart ForTwo: Tall Store, Small Car

Smart's Lilliputian fortwo rolled into Milwaukee's spiffy Smart Center at Hwy. 45 and Good Hope Rd during 2008.  Ironically, there's a former Hummer test track in front. ... read more March 6, 2010


2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS: Big Wing, Modest Power

MITSUBISHI LANCER Big wheels, huge wing, modest power A potential penny pincher is Mitsubishi's Lancer.  It's available as a basic front-drive compact for roughly $15,000. ... read more March 5, 2010


BF Goodrich's g-Force: Sports Compact Car Choice

Tire-Side Chat BFGoodrich's g-Force Super Sport tire is engineered for those who want a high-performance daily-driver compact or sports coupe such as a Honda Civic.  David... read more March 3, 2010


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