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New Year, New MPG!

January began a new year, and things are certainly new for the MPG. In addition to our newly elected Board of Directors, we are gearing up to bring you the best year yet of networking opportunities, events and ways to get even more out of your MPG membership.

Since we didn’t have a January meeting to recap in this issue of MilePost, we thought you’d enjoy this Infographic snapshot created from the responses we got to last year’s MPG Member Survey. This gives you an idea of the current MPG membership based on who we are, why we joined and what branch of media we cover.

If the infographic does not automatically load in your browser, please click here to view it.

This year, we are taking our goal to “further the professionalism of automotive journalism” seriously and look forward to what’s ahead.

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mixer“Behind the Scenes at Motor Trend”
MPG Member Networking Mixer

Tuesday, February 18 from 5:30-8:00pm

If you haven’t heard by now, we are very excited about our upcoming event at the Source Interlink offices in El Segundo. Please join us for an evening of drinks, gourmet tacos and a behind the scenes look from Editor-in-Chief, Ed Loh, in the Motor Trend garage.

We invite current members, past members, and any guests you’d like to bring that are interested in joining MPG. We’re especially proud to make this a FREE event for all. (Guests are limited to one per member)

Source Interlink offices
831 S Douglas St, El Segundo, CA
For directions, click here.

Please RSVP (we want enough tacos for everyone!) if you’re planning to attend by February 10th to mixer@motorpressguild.org


kiak900KIA K900 Presentation

Tuesday, March 11 from 11:30am-1:30pm

KIA’s Michael Sprague, EVP of Marketing and Communications and Orth Hedrick, VP of Product Planning will be discussing the company’s entry into the luxury sedan segment with the all-new K900. In addition to the presentation, KIA will have K900s on hand for MPG members to take on a short drive loop.

KIA Irvine Headquarters
111 Peters Canyon Rd. Irvine, CA 92606
Stay tuned for more details …
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circled-dateKnow anyone who might be interested in joining MPG?

We have extended our deadline to February 18th this year in hopes of boosting new membership. Any people joining up until the 2/18 deadline will still have the opportunity to be listed in our 2014/2015 Member Directory. If you have a friend who might be interested in joining, bring them to our mixer and they can apply that night!

Get ready for our Membership Directory Cover Photo Contest!

We’ve received many entries this year and will be narrowing those down to three finalists. After that, you will vote for the winning photo to grace the cover of our 2014-2015 directory. Details on voting are coming to your inbox soon.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” thickness=”2″ width_in_percentages=”” up=”40″ down=”40″][vc_column_text]


Hi everyone!

It happened without much fanfare, but I recently accepted the role of President of the Motor Press Guild for 2014. The election was held at the yearly meeting on January 6, where three new board members, Shad Balch, Chris Woodyard and Michael Harley were sworn in and John Clinard, Aaron Gold and Chris Martin were released from duty after their three-year terms came to an end.

Remaining on BOD duty are Jason Fogelson, Jeff Glucker, Deb Pollack, Doug Stokes, Mike Antich, Darryll Harrison and Brendan Flynn. Larry Rusznak remains on as our Business Operations Manager, Pete Evanow continues his job as Media Guide Manager and we are happy to announce the hiring of Carrie Kim as our new Manager of Web/Communications, since Brad Nelson took a Public Relations position at American Honda Motor Corporation.

Other MPG officer positions were filled as well. Jason Fogelson is now Vice President, Jeff Glucker remains in his duties as Secretary and Darryll Harrison continues as Treasurer. Committee chairpersons are still under review, but will be announced shortly.

Although it might seem that the MPG has taken a long winter’s nap, much work is being accomplished behind the scenes to plan for our 2014 year. We took a deep dive into the survey results from last year, which prompted us to rethink our goals and objectives for the coming year. That strategic work is being done now in preparation for our networking event on the evening of February 18th in the garage of Source Interlink in El Segundo.

There, we will share some key insights from the survey and announce changes to our yearly schedule that will hopefully keep us more in line with what our membership wants. If you did not fill out the survey last year, please feel free to send your input or questions to us at info@motorpressguild.org and we promise to keep it in mind going forward.

We look forward to seeing old friends and new in El Segundo and at future events this year as we strive to fulfill our mandate to “further the professionalism of automotive journalism.

All the Best,
— Joni Gray
President, Motor Press Guild

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Documentary Screening at the Automobile Driving Museum

— by Harry Pallenberg

wheretheyracedThe award-winning documentary film, Where They Raced: Speed Demons in the City of Angels will be screening on Sunday February 9th at 1:00pm at the Automobile Driving Museum in Los Angeles. What sets this museum apart is that they actually take you out for a ride in one of their vinatge cars… so come early and take a spin. The cars scheduled to be available include a 1935 Chrysler Airflow, a ’36 Packard Phaeton and a 1941 Cadillac Convertible.

If you can’t make this screening, there will be another at The Petersen on February 26th. There will be a few special cars on hand for that event. Please visit www.wheretheyraced.com for more info.


Petersen Automotive Design Symposium & Cruise-in: Celebrating Southern California Design

Sunday, February 23


9:00am – Car Designer Cruise-In: MPG members are encouraged to join participating designers and bring a special interest vehicle. Concepts, classics, hot rods and creative cars welcome!

11:00am – Design Symposium: “Motoman,” George Notaras, moderates a panel of designers including Derek Jenkins of Mazda, Frank Saucedo of GM, Kimberly Marte of Tesla and Harald Belker, who designs movie cars, and Chris Brown, automotive designer and Petersen Marketing Director, to explore the various disciplines of interior and exterior design.

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Any member is welcome to submit items to this monthly newsletter that are of specific interest to fellow members:

  • Member Chronicle stories
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Job Openings

Acceptance and revision are at the discretion of the Editor. MilePost does not publish general industry PR or paid ads. Member Chronicle stories can be adventures you’ve had, special talents you possess, what you drive, your first car, a car you crashed, one you lived in, epic (or not so epic) drives, etc. In other words, think freely and keep things in good taste. Shoot for 400-800 words and include some images if you have them.

Deadline is seven days before the end of the month. Send both words and pictures (small JPEGs, please) to: milepost@motorpressguild.org

NOTE: Members who wish to publicize non-MPG events or announcements may do so themselves on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/motorpressguild. And be sure to “like” our page while you’re there.

Motor Press Guild, P.O. Box 4215, Redondo Beach CA 90277 • 323-374-3674[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” thickness=”2″ width_in_percentages=”” up=”40″ down=”40″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″ css=”.vc_custom_1431038828070{padding-left: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text el_class=”milepost-sidebar” css=”.vc_custom_1437627182228{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}”]MilePost is the monthly online newsletter of the Motor Press Guild


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Joni Gray, President
Jason Fogelson, Vice President
Darryll Harrison, Treasurer
Jeff Glucker, Secretary
Mike Antich
Shad Balch
Brendan Flynn
Michael Harley
Deb Pollack
Doug Stokes
Chris Woodyard


MPG Business Operations Manager
Larry Rusznak

MPG Web/Communications Manager
Carrie Kim

Media Guide Manager
Pete Evanow


The Motor Press Guild is the largest automotive media association in North America. This exclusive, non-profit organization is dedicated to upholding the highest ideals in automotive journalism and promoting education and information exchange within the motoring press. Members include print journalists, photographers, broadcasters and new media professionals, as well as public-relations representatives, consumer groups, and governmental bodies tied to the automotive industry. Student memberships are available as well.For more information, please visit www.motorpressguild.org.

Motor Press Guild
P.O. Box 4883
Orange, CA 92863[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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