Cars for the rest of us.

About is for car people that like everything about cars. Not one brand, one model or one color, but anything with four wheels. You loved your Vega? You always wanted a Mercury Montego MX? You thought the Datsun B210 was the zenith of automotive engineering? ClunkerNation is the place for you.

The idea for ClunkerNation was born in response to the “Cash for Clunkers” program, during which the government willingly disabled perfectly usable automobiles in favor of keeping households in debt with $300 to $500 per month car payments.

Craig Fitzgerald writes ClunkerNation. He’s the former editor of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car and a frequent contributor to the Boston Globe,, and many other outlets.

11 Responses to About

  1. David Strawn says:

    Sorry you left Hemmings Sport and Exotic. I enjoyed your column. I think something bad happened there, noting the progression of the Mercedes book controversy begining in July. Sorry for it, but I guess even journalists don’t quite have freedom of speech. If we let the bad guys of history be the criterion for owning and learning about autos, it would be tough to find something to drive, much less read about.

    Best wishes!

    • yankeedriver says:

      Hey David:

      Thanks for the note.

      No, nothing of the kind. That was an absolutely inconsequential dustup that I simply thought was a interesting exchange in the letters column. If I was ever going to catch shit for something, it certainly wouldn’t have been that.

      I left on great terms with Hemmings. I was happy to have spent seven years there. But it was definitely time to move on.

  2. Kevin Flint says:


    COuldn’t find your column last night and was pretty bummed to learn you left the magazine. Your work was my favorite part and I must say thumbing through the issue it already feels, well, old.

    I’m exactly your age and I grew up in North Reading, so even though I now live in California I really appreciate your perspective. I’m glad I found this blog and look forward to reading it regularly. Please be sure and keep us posted on where else we can find you.

    Reagrds, Kevin.

    • yankeedriver says:

      Hey, thanks, Kevin. I appreciate the comments. I must say that the only part I truly miss about running a magazine is comments like yours. If I can get them here, well, I guess I’m satisfied.

  3. Mike Miller says:

    I’m sorry to see you leve HMN. I’ve always enjoyed your work and I hope you’ll still come to some Cruise-Ins.
    Best regards,

  4. Scott Daley says:

    Really enjoying this new endeavor of yours. Your perspective, wit and unabashed directness are refreshing. Carry on!

  5. Hi Craig,

    I read your piece about Lisa’s car choices this morning and loved it. It somewhat mirrors my and my husband John’s car buying experiences. As we have only one car the choice becomes one of keeping two very different drivers happy. I then read the authors name. I remember your story about your Jeep and Lisa’s pneumonia. Keep letting her choose! Hi to you and to Lisa

  6. John Govoni says:

    Great article in the Globe.
    How about one of Richard Lentinello’s old station wagons.
    I think he has a few around although it will be tough to find one with a stick.
    My “57 Nash Metropolitan is available too.

  7. Louis Sotis says:

    I enjoyed your recent Globe article comparing the Ford Escape with the Toyota RAV4.
    Couple of flies in the Ford ointment: I’ve just heard of the LOW rating of the Escape in a certain frontal crash test. Also I’m reading in various sources of the complexity of Ford’s touch screen design — apparently throughout the Ford line. That’s all I need to avoid buying a Ford next time around.

    • Craig Fitzgerald says:

      SYNC and MyFordTouch aren’t “complex,” they just don’t work the way you expect them to. They’ve solved a lot of the latency problems, but in my opinion, it’s not where it needs to be. My biggest problem was the horrible latency issue on the tuning button while using the satellite radio. You’d push that thing ten times before it would finally catch up and then fly by the station you were trying to reach.

      The test you’re referring to is the IIHS small overlap crash test. The Forester earned a Good rating and the Mitsubishi Outlander got Acceptable. The rest of the 11 vehicles in the segment, including both of those I reviewed in the Globe, didn’t do as well.

      I will say that it’s a new test, though, and most cars on the road today that haven’t undergone specific redesign to perform well on that particular test performed poorly. I don’t know if I’d base decisions solely on that for a few years.

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