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Brock Yates

Brock Yates is one of the best-known, most respected automotive journalists in the world, who has achieved recognition in the fields of magazine writing, books, screenwriting and television commentary.

He is Editor-at-Large and featured columnist for "Car and Driver" magazine. He is also a commentator for the "Speedvision" Motorsports Cable Network.

From 1984 to 1992 he co-hosted the award-winning sports series, "The American Sports Cavalcade" and also hosted his own show, "The Great Drivers" on the The Nashville Network. He worked with CBS Sports as a color commentator from 1976 to 1984. Yates wrote the screenplays for "The Cannonball Run" and "Smokey and the Bandit II", both starring Burt Reynolds.

He is the originator and organizer of the famed "Cannonball Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dashes" and the more recent internationally recognized "One Lap of America" endurance event.

His books include "The Decline and Fall of the American Automobile Industry" (Empire Books, Random House, 1983), "Dead in the Water" (a novel, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1976), "Sunday Driver" (Farrar, Straus & Grioux, 1972) which concerned his racing experiences in the SCCA Trans-Am series, and "Enzo Ferrari" (Doubleday, 1990) a biography of the famed car builder.

"The Critical Path" (1996) published by Little, Brown chronicled the design and development of the Chrysler Minivan. His book about the social impact of Harley-Davidson motorcycles titled “Outlaw Machine” (Little, Brown), was published in 1999. A paperback edition is being published by Broadway Books.

Yates is a winner of the Ken Purdy Award for Automotive Journalism and a winner of the Playboy Magazine award for editorial excellence, as well as numerous other journalism prizes. He has written extensively for "Playboy", "LIFE", "Sports Illustrated", "American Heritage", "Reader's Digest", "American Spectator", the "Washington Post Sunday Magazine" and “The Wall Street Journal.” As well as numerous televison documentaries.

He is also an active commentator on automotive industry matters and has appeared on a number of major television talk shows, including "Today", "The Tonight Show", "CBS Morning News" and "This week with David Brinkley", CNN and “The News Hour with Brian Williams” on MSNBC, “The Fox News Network”, PBS and countless radio talk shows around the nation.

While retired from active competition, he remains close to automobile racing as a journalist and commentator. His leisure time is occupied with high speed boats, motorcycle riding, shooting and other outdoor sports. He collects and races vintage American racing cars.

He is married to Pamela Yates and has four children. They make their home in the tiny Upstate New York village of Wyoming, where his "Cannonball Run Pub" is part of his wife's business complex. They spend their summers in Alexandria Bay in the 1,000 Islands region of the St. Lawrence. He is listed in the 1995 edition of "Who's Who in America".

For further information call (585) 495-6200 or Fax (585) 495-6286.

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