I'm Out / by Damon Lavrinc

Long goodbyes are for self-important egomaniacs, so I’ll keep this brief. 

After six years, hundreds of cars, thousands of miles and over two and a half million words spread out over some 3,800 posts, I’m leaving Autoblog.

On March 12th I’ll be taking the helm of Wired’s Autopia and heading up the pub’s automotive and transportation coverage. I’ve long described myself as a part gearhead, part geek and the opportunity at Wired couldn’t be a more perfect fit.

I’ll still be staking out the shows, pestering automakers and attending the occasional trip, but my focus at Autopia will be on the future of transportation. Alt powertrains, infotainment and connectivity are what interests me the most, and I want to bring an enthusiast perspective to stories that just aren’t getting the coverage they deserve.

I can’t speak highly enough about the crew at Autoblog. I’ve watched it grow from a rag-tag assortment of knuckleheads to a world-class automotive publication that’s giving the established players a run for their money. We’ve had ups and downs, major accomplishments and the occasional dust-up, but I’ve never been more proud or honored to work with such a dedicated, entertaining group of people. And more than anyone, I can’t thank John Neff enough. He’s the reason I get to do what I love every day and without him taking a chance on a barely literate former driving instructor, I wouldn’t have made countless new friends or be able to embark on this next journey.

Thanks to everyone for their continued support and guaranteed, I’ll see you around.