Kirk Bell, Senior Editor

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The Senior Editor in charge of Motor Authority, Bell has oil in his blood. He grew up in the automotive culture, helping his father drag race a pair of Pontiacs, rather unsuccessfully, at Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove, Wisconsin. Bell has been reviewing cars and writing about the automotive industry since 2001, when he joined Consumer Guide Automotive. At Consumer Guide, Kirk wrote and edited several books, including the award-winning Hot Rod & Custom Chronicle and NASCAR Chronicle, which earned him gold and silver International Automotive Media awards. Most recently, he spent eight years as a freelance journalist, with such clients as the Chicago Tribune, the New York Daily News, and MSN Autos. In 2014, Bell was named to the North American Car and Truck of the Year jury, and he gave back by serving as Secretary-Treasurer. He was also Vice President and then President of the Midwest Automotive Media Association. Prior to his time in the automotive industry, Bell was editor of Scale Auto Enthusiast magazine, the leading magazine about the model car hobby after graduating from Marquette University. In his spare time, Bell imagines the Midwest has better roads on which to drive his 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S.


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