Mike McNessor

Mike McNessor has been writing professionally about cars for 20 years and has built two alternative fuel vehicles.


In 2003, while working as the editor of Autos Weekly at the Times Union in Albany, New York, Mike became intrigued with the idea of racing in Mexico's La Carrera Panamericana.

LPG (a.k.a. propane) is widely used as a motor vehicle fuel across Mexico, so out of curiosity, Mike decided to convert his 1961 Impala race car to an LPG fuel system.

When he took a job as managing editor at Hemmings Motor News in 2005, Mike purchased a 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300D and homebuilt a heated fuel system so that the car could burn waste vegetable oil.

Mike still owns both cars today, continuing to enjoy and improve their alternative fuel systems.


Mike is a 1991 graduate of the State Univesity of New York at Albany where he majored in English and minored in journalism.

Mike McNessor

"Finding a replacement for fossil fuels will be one of the greatest challenges facing the world in the next century. As an automotive enthusiast, automotive tinkerer and automotive journalist I want to do everything I can to educate people about the many available alternatives to crude oil-based fuels and demonstrate by example how we can stay mobile while using less oil."

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