I’m not quite sure how I evolved into a car afficionado*, but I know that when I see a metal machine I like, I have to be close to it or better yet, drive it.  And, much like a drug, the more time I spend covering any kind of auto in my professional life, the more I want to do it.

Cars have become an itch I have to scratch.

It seems that my dear friend’s daughter has been bitten by the same automotive bug at a much earlier age than I, and I am thrilled by it. This soon-to-be-9-year-old (she turns 9 tomorrow) wrote a short poem about cars.


By Nina Jana Smith, Age 8 (going on 9)

Cars race through the moonlight!

With a stop, its tires squeal like a pig

Zip! It speeds through the air

When you start your car it grunts.

It’s a beautiful car, glimmering yellow.

Its keeper steers the wheel to the right.

Wham! On his left a car crashed. 

It had white stripes, a read coating and green dots.

It smashed into the curb, while the yellow car crossed the FINISH line. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, I believe we have a future auto enthusiast–and perhaps even auto journalist on our hands. And I bet she’ll be quick on a track.

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Thanks to her awesome mom for sharing Nina’s work with me.


*FULL DISCLOSURE: I didn’t start up with a car thing–it sort of evolved over time–starting in college with my first ride in a friend’s BMW 325–that spark has luckily begun to dovetail itself into spending more and more time consuming, thinking about, shooting, editing and driving around in awesome machines for my professional work–which I honestly cannot complain about. If you are interested in what I do–check out some of my work at CNNMoney. I produce, edit and shoot with our Senior Autos Writer, Peter Valdes-Dapena)

Abigail Bassett

Abigail Bassett is a full-time freelance journalist, content creator, and television, video, and podcast host whose work has appeared in publications like TechCrunch, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, Motor Trend, Shondaland, Money Magazine, and on CNN. Her passion is telling unique stories that change the way we see, interact with, and relate to the world. She is also a Yoga Alliance Registered 500-hour yoga teacher.

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