Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis – an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official. Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here.
Some of his work can be found on A-list automotive media sites, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station in Detroit with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.
Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, and various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 and Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette, and many more.
At Muscle Cars & Trucks, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.
Fun fact: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.
One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.
Finally, Muscle Cars & Trucks will also feature enthusiast content such as vehicle reviews, videos showing dyno tests, and the occasional discovery of a fun detail about new products.
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