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Jonathan Welsh

By WSJ Staff

Welsh has been the lead for the Driver’s Seat blog it began in 2010. He joined The Street Journal in 1994 the Montclair Times, a suburban paper in New Jersey.

His first assignments were on the spot desk, where he wrote industries including consumer home improvement, tools, and and wood products. He began auto reviews and features for the Journal section in 1999 and to the Personal Journal staff in

Welsh’s interest in cars in early childhood when, learning to read, he routinely dug his father’s stacks of car magazines Road Track, Car and Driver and Trend. Some issues to the late 1940s, so he gained an for the evolution of automotive design and through the decades, and developments in competition.

Welsh grew up the fuel crises of the 1970s and in many of the terrible cars during that period, many consider the auto low point. Family trips to included test-drives in forgotten like the Volkswagen Dasher, Motors Pacer and Merkur


Beginning in 9th grade, Welsh with his father to restore a Ford Mustang. The pale-yellow with a six-cylinder engine was far the muscle-car horsepower, speed and typically associated with Mustangs. But for a senior in high in 1984, it was a stylish, economical

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The old ‘Stang also made runs between New Jersey and University in Providence, R.I. Welsh graduated in 1988. But it was an dinosaur, running on leaded lacking shoulder belts and on crude drum brakes to down.

The Mustang is part of a cast of family cars shaped Welsh’s automotive Dad’s 1952 MG TD and 1969 Charger were indisputably but his 1976 Chrysler Cordoba and Chevrolet Citation were His 1982 Pontiac Trans Am was our best-looking but worst-running car.

Mother’s Band-Aid-colored 1963 station wagon was an embarrassment on the day of first grade in 1972, but be a head-turner today. Her red 1973 Beetle was cute and trouble but had a weak radio and no air conditioning. Her BMW 320i convinced her son that the German car maker was steps of the rest.

One sister’s 1989 Ford station wagon was probably the durable car in the Welsh family, another sister’s 1988 had more than 350,000 on the odometer when it finally

Today Welsh lives in New with his wife and two sons. He drives the Mazda Miata he in 1995 and continues to shop for the 1980s-era motorcycle. His wife a 2007 Subaru Outback. Her everyday car, a 1998 wagon, serves as a backup and Read Jonathan’s stories .

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