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About RickInVeniceCA

I presently am an automotive journalist (you can see a bunch of my work by Googleing me......) , historian and classic car appraiser and I have a number of automotive pieces on line:

I have been building models since I was 7-years old in 1955.  Started with a Revel MG TD and Ford hot rod... Mom helped... painted the TD interior with nail polish that wrinkled and looked like leather.... discovered my dad's files and soon was nosing and decking my AMT promos, I think my first was a 1955 Dodge...  Thought I died and went to heaven when AMT brought out the 3 'n 1 customizing kits in 1958, first one a 1958 Buick, low, skirts, spinners and made my own Continental kit......  Nirvana achieved again when the AMT 32 Ford kit was released and again when the 40 coupe was offered.  When I was about 14, my Dad bought a toy & hobby store in suburban San Francisco and I took over the model department....  Built a number of the models I still have today between 1963 and 1977....  after college, I worked in radio and TV as a DJ and audio engineer, taught at San Francisco State,  then produced the public appearances of the "Banana Splits" kids TV show in California...  Moved to Los Angeles in 1990 and continued in voice over work and started to write about cars for magazines.  Owned over 100 full-sized cars, specializing in Morris, MG and Rileys (British) and favored Chevys,(Novas, Malibu & El Caminos) Buicks and old flathead MoPars...  Stopped building and collected some diecast Danbury cars and started to customize some of the cheaper 1/25th scale diecasts....  dug out some of my old unfinished kits, and here I am today


211 Dimmick Avenue 
Venice, California 90291
310-392-6605 Cell: 310-977-1087


• Worked with the antique, classic, rod and custom car hobbies for over 35 years.
Specialized in British & European built cars since 1970.

• Over thirty-two years of work as an automotive journalist:

1974 - present, worked as a freelance writer in and out of the car hobby.
1985 - 1987 Automotive Editor for The British Observer.
1986 - 1988 Production Editor of Victory Lane, a vintage racing magazine.
1988 - 1989 Editor of Convertible Magazine.
1990 - 1993 Feature Editor of Collector Car News.
1992 - 2003 Feature story writer, British Car Magazine, Los Altos, CA
1994 - 2003 North American Editor, Thoroughbred & Classic Cars, London, UK
Continuing website editor, Time/Warner, New Media, New York. NY
Continuing feature story writer, San Mateo, CA
Continuing feature story writer,www.allcarcentral.comCalifornia
Continuing feature story writer, Florida
Continuing feature story writer,  New York

• Over twenty-five years of experience in antique, classic and sports car appraisal:

Have appraised cars for banks, credit unions, insurance policies, pre-accident evaluations,accident repairs, probates and charitable donations. Have also been retained as expert witness in court cases involving hot rods and older British cars. Have done appraisals for State Farm, Allstate, 20th Century, Hagerty, and Farmers Insurance. On the list of recommended appraisers for the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles and have appraised cars donated to the San Diego Automotive Museum and the Blackhawk Museum in Danville, CA.

• Established values for:

British Car Magazine Buyers Guide (monthly column)
Classic Motorsport Buyers Guide
The CPI (Cars of Particular Interest) value guide.
Former member, NADA Classic Car Value Advisory Board.

• Related experience:

Coordinator of British Car Meets in the LA and San Francisco areas, 1978 - 2009.
Director/Editor, Morris Owners Association of California, 1973 - 1977.
Director, American Morris Minor Registry, 1977 - 1987.
Director, British Motorcar Society, 1986 - present.

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