Abelson selected as concept vehicle juror

| Monday, January 26, 2004

Land Line Technical Editor Paul Abelson has been selected to be a juror for the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards. He joins 34 other nationally recognized automotive journalists on the panel.

Besides his Land Line articles on equipment and maintenance, he has a column in Land Line called "Personal Wheels," in which he reviews four-wheelers. Previously, he was technical editor of Super Driver Audio Tape Magazine. At Super Driver, he reviewed passenger cars, pickups, vans and SUVs each month, and wrote a column of miscellaneous automotive information and opinion called "Car Guy."

Abelson has won gold, silver and bronze awards at the International Automotive Media Competitions and from the American Society of Business Press Editors.

Abelson grew up as a sports car buff, competing in the ‘60s with a modicum of success in club events with his Volvo P-1800 S. After “landing on his lid” and finding that wheel-to-wheel competition was no longer his thing, he "retired" to the corners as a turn marshal with SCCA and the British Sports Car Owners Association of New York. After a long absence from organized competition, during which time he moved to the Chicago area, he maintains his national license as a Race Control marshal with SCCA's Chicago Region.

Paul is active in industry and automotive affairs, having served as British Sports Car Owners' vice president, two terms as a director of Truck Writers of North America, two terms as a director of the National Association of Show Trucks and as a committee chairman for the Illinois Professional Truck Driving Championships.

He is active in the Illinois Trucking Association Safety and Maintenance Council and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

At The Technology and Maintenance Council, Abelson earned the Silver Spark Plug and Recognized Associate awards for contributions furthering maintenance practices and helping the council function.

The Air Force veteran has a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s from Michigan State. He has a commercial driver’s license and regularly reviews trucks of all sizes. In the upcoming issue of Land Line, he reports on driving the new Peterbilt 379X.

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