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.