For millions of TV viewers, Steve Magnante has been an integral part of the Barrett-Jackson collector car auctions, sharing his wealth of knowledge on American muscle cars. Steve is also world renowned as an author of books like Rusted Muscle, 1001 Muscle Car Facts and also for his 8 years as Technical Editor for the iconic HOT ROD Magazine. If you’re like Steve, the sight of a junkyard – ANY junkyard – stops you in your tracks. You’ve GOT to get inside and see what’s there. Then you will love to tag along with Steve on his newest video adventures in The Junkyard Crawl!
When I do TV work, there is a lot of time to sit around while technical details are handled. So I build model cars to pass the time. Here are some models I’ve built and am selling for $110 each (free shipping in the USA and Canada). I use super-glue so they’re permanent and won’t fall apart. They’re not painted because TV and video crews shun the smell of paint on the set. Also, the plastic kits are pretty neat to build all by themselves. Adding paint sometimes gets in the way of the pure joy of assembly. Why not buy one of the car models shown here and stick it on your office desk or display case? You can say “Steve Mags built it for me”! To buy a model, just choose from the 24 cars shown in the display case then tell me what you want me to write on the roof with my autograph. First Come, First Served
$110 w/FREE SHIPPING!
When I’m not busy with one of the Barrett-Jackson collector car auctions on SPEED, I’m available to speak at YOUR car club meeting, car show or other automotive event. I am also available for work (selectively) as a paid spokesperson at industry trade shows like SEMA. In 2011 and 2012 I was hired by MSD Performance to give live hourly demonstrations of the new MSD Atomic EFI system.
I am also available to host commercial and / or industrial videos. I have appeared in a national network and cable TV ad campaign for the 2007 Dodge Hemi Charger and have done numerous how-to and instructional videos for companies like MSD, Mothers, COMP Cams, Royal Purple, Redline Dodge.com and others. Let me bring my credibility and knowledgeable presentation to your commercial or instructional videos. Contact me at 508/637-1514 or email@example.com for information about rates and terms.
Join me on a cruise through Motor City history. I kick off coverage of the 2012 Woodward cruise in a rare 1970 Dodge Polara 440 convertible. Join me for a ride and experience the sights and sounds of the Motor City during the Woodward cruise.
Hey everybody, keep an eye out for my new book, Steve Magnante’s 1,001 Muscle Car Trivia Facts, which will be available in June, 2013. It is published by CarTech Books and will be available at major book stores as well as the usual online outlets (Amazon, eBay, etc.). On display here is what the publishing industry calls a “cover dummy” – a.k.a. an approximation of what the actual book cover will look like. I’m jazzed to have had the legendary illustrator and cartoonist George Trosley, prepare the art. I’ve seen the full color finalized book cover and it is even cooler! Speaking of cover dummies, I spent a brutal 8 months researching and writing this book (actually I loved every minute of it). Inside, there are 11 chapters, each is packed with neat trivia on muscle cars from Chevy, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick, Ford, Mercury, Dodge, Plymouth, Chrysler, AMC and Studebaker…yes Studebaker! Keep an eye out for this fun 144 page book this Spring!
Here’s a shot of our broadcast team doing a meet and greet function at – I think Scottsdale. From L to R we have Bob Varsha, Mike Joy, Matt Stone, me, Justin Bell and Rick DeBruhl. Only Matt and I come from the world of car magazines (I used to bump into Matt inside the elevator during my days at Petersen Publishing in L.A., never thinking some day we’d be on the same TV show). The rest of the guys are seasoned broadcast professionals (Bob, Mike and Rick). As for Justin, if you are even vaguely familiar with the world of European race drivers from the Sixties and Seventies, his Dad Derek Bell will be familiar. Justin is a chip off the same block. To me, his greatest achievement was being part of the Dodge Viper factory race team. I’d die to have that on my resume! Then again, I’m not so good at competition driving – other than on a drag strip. That’s my thing. Justin is a great addition to our team and I really enjoy his goofy nature and willingness to play along at some of the bird brained things I put him up to on camera. I don’t have a good picture of April Rose (another member of our broadcast team)…I’ll make up for that soon. April is a charmer! But you knew that…
I caught up with lovely Linda Vaughn backstage at the 2011 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction. I’d met Linda before at various press functions and at the SEMA show, and – I don’t know how she does it – but she always remembers you and makes you feel like you are closer than you are. Love ya Linda!
A few years ago I got to hang out with Dennis “Grave Digger” Anderson during filming of a program for SPEED TV. Dennis and the whole crew are incredibly down to earth! I did have a problem though. For some reason I kept forgetting how to say Poplar Branch…the North Carolina home town of the Grave Digger and many other famous monster trucks. The show producer wanted to strangle me. I kept saying “Poplar BLUFF”. I don’t know why. It just happens. But Dennis was very cool about it …he even nick named me “rain man”. Not sure why…