5Qs With the MD Writers: Jim Leman

Learn a little more about Jim Leman, who has spent decades covering the automotive industry’s news …

1. What was the first car you ever owned?

My first car, in 1969, was a 1937 Plymouth four-door, purchased for $400. I knew nothing about it but because it was old and not common, I loved it. Traded it later for a twin-cylinder Yamaha motorcycle that my girlfriend at the time thought was cooler. Big mistake.

Since that time I have taken tech school courses on engine rebuilding, self-taught in other automotive repair basics, and learned body work welding. I have owned and restored cars from the ’30s and ’40s, selling my last one, a ’46 Plymouth Business Coupe, in 2014.

2. What’s the best thing about working in automotive?

The best thing about working in automotive is the people – really great, inventive, focused, and kind people. I love cars but I really get into the car business. I sold Fords for a short time in 2001 – which I enjoyed very much and had thought I might make a career, but then someone in the auto industry needed a writer, my first love, and I returned to that vocation but decided at that time to focus on automotive journalism.

3. What is the focus of your writing now?

I write every day, on a wide range of auto-related topics and for a variety of purposes, for a variety of media outlets and vendors in this business.

4. What inspires you?

My God, who blesses me mightily as I choose to follow Him and work for His Kingdom – and who blessed me with my writing craftsmanship, which as a vocation thrills me.

5. Have any Spring Break (or the like) plans?

We enjoy holidays on the beach on Florida’s west coast.

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