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PSS Spring '11

Parallels

David Undercoffler '03
Los Angeles, California

Auto Critic, Los Angeles Times

1. What is the most luxurious feature you've seen in a car?
Infrared cameras: at night, it detects humans or animals and highlights them in yellow on the screen

2. If you could own any car from any time period, what would it be?
1963 Lincoln Continental convertible with suicide door.

3. What car do you drive on a day-to-day basis?
I'm actually between cars at the moment.

4. What's your favorite road trip?
Northern California has some amazing hidden gems, particularly around the Monterey/Carmel area.

5. What song is the best to play–loud–in the car?
Led Zeppelin exposes the strengths and weaknesses of almost any car stereo.

6. Who is your favorite Nascar driver?
Cole Trickle

7. Name a book that has had a profound impact on you.
Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner. It will inspire you to travel and it will simultaneously force you to evaluate what brings true happiness in your life.

8. What is your greatest achievement?
Getting this job. I was selected by my predecessor, Dan Neil, who now writes for the Wall Street Journal.

9. How old were you the first time you got behind the wheel?
I think I was 14. About a decade after I wanted to.

10. Who taught you to drive?
My mom taught me behind the wheel while my dad taught me about the details and subtleties and about cars in general.

Brock Yates Jr. '78
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Event Coordinator, The Tire Rack One Lap of America
Driving Instructor, Driving Dynamics

1. What is the most luxurious feature you've seen in a car?
I'm happiest with good seat-warmers.

2. If you could own any car from any time period, what would it be?
The John Cooper Works MINI Cooper.

3. What car do you drive on a day-to-day basis?
MINI Cooper S

4. What's your favorite road trip?
Any road-trip makes me happy. If the route is scenic, with great roads, all the better.

5. What song is the best to play–loud–in the car?
I almost never play music in the car. I believe driving demands all my attention.

6. Who is your favorite Nascar driver?
Ken Schader

7. Name a book that has had a profound impact on you.
Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Something about cars, road-trips and being at Hobart in the 70's.

8. What is your greatest achievement?
Watching my six-year-old daughter Leda grow up. I work from home so I am part of it every day.

9. How old were you the first time you got behind the wheel?
I was 14, driving a three-speed truck in a pasture as the grazing cows watched warily.

10. Who taught you to drive?
As soon as I could peer over the back seat, well before the age of car seats and seat belts, I watched my father and learned.