BCT Publishing LLC Announces the Latest Issue of Automotive Traveler with Road Trip Destination Features on Namibia and the Florida Keys

Top Quote Automotive Traveler Magazine continues to be the Internet's premier source for inspiration for automotive adventure travel, tours, and events. The current issue includes destination features on Namibia and the Florida Keys along with test drives of four new cars, the Fiat 500, Ford Focus, Mercedes-Benz R350, and Suzuki Kizashi. End Quote
    QuoteBack in 2007 we were the first magazine, print or digital, that combined two very logical categories, cars and travel.Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 28, 2011 - "With our latest issue, we continue to widen our horizons with Automotive Traveler's second visit to Africa," says editorial director Richard Truesdell. "Noted photojournalist Cindy-Lou Dale recounts her visit to Namibia while on assignment for National Geographic in this issue's cover story on working guest programs at wildlife sanctuaries. Out In Africa, this month's cover feature, showcases Cindy's photography to best advantage, especially with our full-page presentations."

    Adventure is not as far away when Automotive Traveler's Debi Lander travels to Key West, Florida, the same route she took as a child in her family's 1960 Corvair. This time around she made the trip in a new Chevy Cruze and the combination of vintage maps and postcards ties together trips down U.S. 1 separated by five decades.

    Automotive-focused content includes the build of a custom-bodied Corvette, touring San Diego in Fiat's new 500 and road tests on the Mercedes-Benz R350 luxury crossover, the all-new Ford Focus, and the surprising Suzuki Kizashi sports sedan.

    Editorial director Richard Truesdell explains how Automotive Traveler is different. "Back in 2007 we were the first magazine, print or digital, that combined two very logical categories, cars and travel. Since then we've worked hard to provide a way that anyone can view Automotive Traveler. First, the entire magazine is free and because no dedicated app is required, all you need is an Internet or WiFi connection. Automotive Traveler loads in your browser, no download is required. The pages load quickly, and best of all, you can view and read each page without having to zoom or scroll. The text can be read on devices with screens as small as seven inches wide."

    Truesdell explains. "There are millions of enthusiasts with netbooks and laptops out there - and they all want high-quality content to read on the go. When we first produced Automotive Traveler online almost four years ago, we had no print version to limit us. So, we designed Automotive Traveler from scratch to be digital, taking advantage of all the screen 'real estate' provided by a typical laptop or computer screen. Now, with the iPad and Motorola's Xoom, and with more tablets coming soon, these devices will provide an even more magazine-style reading experience with their magazine-like form factor."

    Publishers interested in learning more about this innovative publishing solution are invited to contact managing partner Bill Basore (480) 522-1035, extension 3. Contributors are invited to contact Editorial Director Richard Truesdell at (480) 522-1035, extension 1.

    Editorial Leadership

    Richard Truesdell (Editorial Director) is your classic "car guy," with a twist. He believes nothing quite beats matching the right car with a great stretch of road, driving to the perfect destination. He launched his journalism career in 1989 covering in-car electronics for Car and Driver and Motor Trend , leveraging his 20-plus years of experience in consumer- and mobile-electronics retail. That experience led to his appointment as editor of Car Audio and Electronics. A full-time automotive journalist for the past 15 years, he has contributed to a host of automotive publications worldwide, including Motor Trend Classic, Musclecar Enthusiast, Octane (U.K.), and Classic and Sports Car (U.K.). With partner Bill Basore, he formed BCT Publishing in 2007 to launch Automotive Traveler and Two years ago, as a contract editor, he launched Chevy Enthusiast for Amos Automotive. With the introduction of the iPad and the coming wave of tablet PCs, he relaunched Automotive Traveler, again as a monthly, online-only magazine.

    Robyn Larson McCarthy (Executive Editor) also serves as the editorial director at The Armarium Press./Canterbury Tails Books, which she co-founded in 2000. She has more than 20 years' experience in publishing, including consumer and trade magazines, freelance newspaper writing, and as publications director for a non-profit foundation with an annual budget of $4 million. Her editorial articles have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, USA Today, and The Journal of Commerce, among other publications, and she was a regular contributor to the Bridge News editorial opinion wire in the mid-1990s. She has worked as a policy analyst for the Independent Women's Forum and contributed a chapter on the economics of conservation to the book Man & Nature. A graduate of Vassar College and the National Journalism Center, Ms. McCarthy received second place in the 1993 Felix Morley Journalism Competition.


    A lifelong car guy who enjoyed a 34-year career with General Motors, Joseph Babiasz continues to follow his twin passions of cars and travel. After retiring from GM, he owned West Coast Car Connection, a classic car restoration and sales operation that sold solid Southern California iron, and then launched Collector Car Enterprise to offer seminars on purchasing quality collector cars. Joe is a monthly contributor to four national automotive magazines. He has a nose to sniff out travel bargains and enjoys hopping on a cruise ship on a whim, especially if the price is low. He's always said there is no such thing as a bad cruise, and after 26, we think he should know.

    Cindy-Lou Dale is a well-traveled writer on many topics and is Automotive Traveler's resident road warrior, having accumulated more than her share of frequent-flyer miles. An award-winning photojournalist, she has contributed to TIME, National Geographic, and numerous other titles in Europe and North America. Born in South Africa, she currently calls England home and can be found online at and her blog on

    As an industry analyst, market forecaster, marketing strategist, writer, and historian, Sam Fiorani has more "slashes" next to his name than a Hollywood mogul. He writes to tell stories about cars, to educate, to inform, and to impress his 11th grade English teacher, Mrs. Gardill, who told him to find a day job. His current projects include a regular newspaper column, a book on little-known cars of the 1980s, staying ahead of the oil spewing from his MG, and finding sponsors for the restoration of his 20-year-old pocket rocket.

    A freelance travel writer and seasoned international traveler who hails from Jacksonville, Florida, Debi Lander considers photography her hobby and has a keen interest in Cs: cars, cooking and children (she's known as Mimi to her five grandkids), and visits to castles, cathedrals, and the Caribbean. She is a former marathon runner whose body told her to switch to yoga. Her blog, Bimmer Dreamer, recounts numerous sagas of road trips taken in her 550i BMW, acquired through European delivery in Munich.

    At times Carmen Madrid finds it hard to choose between writing and breathing. A freelance travel and opinion writer, she grew up in California but now writes from the hills of New Hampshire. She is co-founder of an independent book publishing company, The Armarium Press., and loves to share anecdotes and thoughts about her travels by writing for such sites as Having spent more than 20 years in the corporate arena, half of it in management, she always thinks someone is waiting to hear her opinion. Her own car collection has included a 1969 Mustang and 1970 Chevy Luv Truck, to name a few.

    Filmmaker and Toronto native Edward Peghin is the producer and director of the critically acclaimed television series Chop Cut Rebuild airing on the SPEED Channel. A former attorney, he has produced commercials for the U.S. ad agency Adams & Knight and has supervised several seasons of live action and animation production for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Warner Bros. Animation, and BBC Kids. For this issue of Automotive Traveler he provides a behind-the-scenes look at the transformation of a new Corvette into a modern-day Grand Sport, a Vette icon from the sixties. He lives in the L.A. Area with his wife Marita Molloy and their three Norwich Terriers.

    Brian A. Veit, who provided our cover presentation for the current issue, has been a professional "presentation specialist" and layout artist for 20 years, producing graphics for events ranging in scale from the smallest boardroom to the grandest ballroom. Combined with his 15 years of experience in traditional live theater as both designer and technician, and you could say Brian is a one-man, live-event graphics/production machine. Learn more about Brian's work at his website,

    About Automotive Traveler

    What began as a dream four years ago between two self-confessed cars guys over dinner after a Saleen Mustang show has led to Automotive Traveler, an online-only magazine that attempted to combine the best elements of Car and Driver with Condé Nast Traveler. Automotive Traveler was cited by min magazine and magazine industry expert Samir "Mr. Magazine" Husni as one of 2007's hottest digital launches. Publication was suspended in 2008 and efforts were refocused on building up content and traffic at its companion website, With the proliferation of smartphones, the recent introduction of the iPad, and more tablet PCS on the horizon, BCT Publishing believes that the time is right to re-launch Automotive Traveler as an online-only monthly publication.

    About BCT Publishing LLC

    BCT Publishing is dedicated to development of online publishing solutions that blend the best of the magazine and book reading experience with the convenience of the web. We provide the tools and platform that allow print titles to migrate to the web in a reader-satisfying way. Our non-Flash-based viewer works across all platforms and operating systems and is Google-search-friendly and browser-agnostic. There are no proprietary downloads or other client-side programs for users to configure: If you can surf the web, you can enjoy the content we deliver. For more information about BCT Publishing, or to find out how we can help you with your online publishing needs, call Bill Basore at (480) 522-1035, extension 3.

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