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
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".
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