Mike McNessor Automotive Journalist Education B.A., English and Journalism, State University of New York at Albany Introduction Writing professionally about cars since 1999Rebuilds old cars, trucks, and motorcyclesRaced in and wrote a book about the 2005 Carrera Pan Americana race Experience Mike McNessor is a former writer for ThoughtCo, where he covered all aspects of the automotive industry. Mike more than 19 years of career experience writing about the automotive industry. However, his love for all things automotive goes back to his childhood. As a teen, Mike wrote and announced for the Lebanon Valley Dragway.Mike's career began in 1999 when he was the Automotive Editor at the Times Union in Albany for over six years. He then became an editor with Hemmings Motor News in 2005. In that same year, Mike and a few friends headed to Mexico to race a 1961 Impala in the Carrera Pan Americana race. The experience inspired his book, ¡Carrera!: How the world's greatest race got into my head and kicked my butt (McNessor & Co., 1st edition, 2016). In his spare hours, Mike enjoys rebuilding old cars, motorcycles, and trucks. Education Mike McNessor earned a Bachelor Arts (B.A.) in English and Journalism from the State University of New York at Albany.Awards and PublicationsChevrolet’s tips from the body shop: circa 1964 (Hemmings.com, 2018)¡Carrera!: How the world's greatest race got into my head and kicked my butt (McNessor & Co., 1st edition, 2016)Hold This Cup While I Shift (Hemmings.com, 2008) ThoughtCo and Dotdash Meredith ThoughtCo, a Dotdash Meredith brand, is an award-winning reference site offering education content created by experts. ThoughtCo reaches 13 million readers each month. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.