Jeffrey Zurschmeide

  • A freelance automotive journalist with works featured in The Portland Tribune, as well as the SportsCar Market, American Car Collector, and SportsCar Magazine
  • Author of 12 automotive how-to books
  • Editor and publisher of Loud Pedal Magazine for the Oregon Region Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)
  • Contributing writer to Driving Sports TV and The Ride Show


Jeff Zurschmeide is a former writer for ThoughtCo and contributed work for over one and a half years. Jeff is a freelance journalist with more than 15 years of writing experience who focuses his writing on the automotive industry. His work appears in numerous print and digital formats including  The Portland Tribune, SportsCar Market, American Car Collector,, and

Jeff is a lifelong devotee of sports cars and a second-generation member of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). He writes prolifically about cars, automotive-related topics, and the Portland Speedway. He is editor and publisher of the official Oregon Region SCCA publication, Loud Pedal Magazine.

Jeff is a published author with more than 10 books to his credit. His titles include BMW 3 Series (E36) 1992–1999 How to Build and Modify (Cartech, 2016), The Camino Less Traveled By: A Photographic Pilgrimage on the English Road of the Camino de Santiago (Falstaff, 2016), Classic Automobiles of Cuba (Falstaff, 2016), and How to Fabricate Automotive Fiberglass & Carbon Fiber Parts (S-A Design, 2012).

Jeff also spoke on the KXL-FM radio show, Test Miles, and was the lead scriptwriter for Portland TV32's The Ride Show.


Masters Science (M.S.) in Management in Science and Technology from Oregon Health and Science University and a Bachelor Arts (B.A.) in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz

Awards and Publications

  • BMW 3 Series (E36) 1992–1999 How to Build and Modify (Cartech, 2016)
  • How to Fabricate Automotive Fiberglass and Carbon Fiber Parts (S-A Design, 2012)​
  • High-Performance Subaru Builder's Guide (Cartech, 2007)​​​
  • Loud Pedal Magazine
  • Driving Sports TV

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