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Hybrids to Hotrods –, 5/12/2012,

Meet Mr. Roadshow in person
Gary Richards has been the transportation reporter for the San Jose Mercury News since 1991, and before that was a sports editor and assistant city editor. As author of the Mr. Roadshow column, Richards receives hundreds of questions each week about transportation and driving issues and generates his Mr. Roadshow column six days a week. It also appears on the San Jose Mercury News website. In 1979 he was named top sports writer/ columnist in Iowa, and in 1981 his column on the assassination attempt on President Reagan and the NCAA’s decision to play the college basketball title game — they should not have played, he said — was cited as a chief reason his newspaper was named the top sports section in the state. In 1989, he was an editor on the team that helped the Mercury News win a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake. In 1994 he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the opening of Highway 85 and he was again nominated for a Pulitzer in 2005 for community reporting. Gary is a native of Iowa, graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in political science. He also attended graduate school in journalism. He’s worked at the Ames, Iowa Tribune; the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He joined the Mercury News in 1984. Gary and his wife Jan live in San Jose. He has a daughter who is in graduate school at Vanderbilt University and a 19-year-old son in his second year at UC-Davis.

Talk cars with Mike Hennessy of Hot San Jose Nights
Mike Hennessy has been interested in anything mechanical as far back as he can recall. He learned to weld and to fabricate at 10 years old. He got his first car and taught himself to drive when he was 12 years old and from then on the fascination with the automobile has never stopped. He attempted professional sports for a time, but his true passion has always been collecting and designing classic cars. He opened the doors on Hennessy Automotive in 1978. Mike’s collection of cars is well known throughout the Bay Area. He has worked with many other car events such as Monterey Festival of Speed, American Metal, San Jose Grand Prix, Pacific Coast Dream Machines, and many other events. Working with promoting events has guided Mike to produce a local Television Show “Car Guy Channel” which has won many awards and covers car related topics. He always keeps a busy schedule with operating his auto restoration business, car collection, TV show, and promoting automotive events. He always has a full plate but never turns down supporting an event for a good cause. Hot San Jose Nights is Hennessy’s latest focus. He wants to have the largest and most spectacular automotive related event on the west coast. Mike always says, Hot San Jose Nights is not just a car show, it is an event for the whole family. Mike is hard to miss riding his bicycle and personally tending to every detail at all of his events.


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