Editors Note: This weekend, Hooniverse will be running a series of posts introducing you to some of the new writers who are now in our part of the Hooniverse. This time it’s Greg Kachadurian who is our own Hooniverse News Editor. Let Greg know how much you appreciate his writing here.
Like many of you, I love cars. I love many different types of cars, whether it’s a Ferrari 458 Italia or a ’67 Mustang Fastback. I love cars that capture my imagination, like the Pagani Zonda, and I love cars that draw my eyes to its body panels from miles away, like the Ford GT. I also cry a bit whenever I pass a junkyard and see what used to be a shiny new car rusting inside out with a Plymouth Neon sitting on top of it. Gran Turismo taught me how to drive and I can identify too many cars based solely on how they sound. I’m a little crazy when it comes to my obsession with cars and driving, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am also your news editor as of five months ago. If you’re interested in the story of my life, read on. Just bear with me as I try to make it sound interesting…
I was born in Dallas, Texas way back in October of 1991 and lived a normal life there for the next 7 years. When I was there, I picked up a love for soccer and didn’t suck that bad at it (my father was happy about that). Somewhere along the way, I also picked up a love for cars. Between going to the store for a new Hot Wheels car after a doctor’s appointment and looking out my bedroom window and trying to identify each car that passed, I developed an unhealthy obsession for cars. In 1998, we moved to a quiet suburban area just south of Atlanta, Georgia at the request of the airline my father works for (guess which one 😉 ).
A few more magical events happened since I’ve been in Georgia that only added to my car obsession, including my first trip to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for an ARCA race. After the race, my father and I went into the infield and were walking through the pits when Kerry Earnhardt’s crew chief hands me an autographed tire that Kerry used in the race. As I was rolling a big ass racing tire out of the speedway, I decided that no matter what happened in my life, I would always be a gearhead and a passionate race fan till the end.
Fast-forward several years and my car obsession was starting to worry my family a bit. Our first family vacation overseas was to Rome, Italy, and even amongst the amazing sights and history, I was the kid who was staring into the Lamborghini showroom the whole time and was looking down every street just to catch a glimpse of a shiny red Ferrari. After getting my first Play Station 2 with a copy of Gran Turismo 3 and 4, I was able to identify even the most obscure cars, which made me question my sanity. Just imagine the look on my parent’s face when I could tell there was a Porsche 911 behind us at 11:00pm!
Throughout high school, I never even considered writing on a regular basis as I do now. But soon my teachers caught wind of my passion (must have been all the Ferrari and BMW shirts I wore every day) and let me write about cars and racing a few times. I eventually began to enjoy writing a bit more because of it and wrote a few A+ papers about cars up until I graduated in 2010.
And then I met everyone’s favorite Polish guy, Kamil Kaluski, on Twitter after he announced he was looking for a few new writers for CarGuyDad. I took up the offer and started out with a weekly news article (just as I do now). Even though I was unsure if I was ever going to be any good at it, I found it too enjoyable to give up, especially now that I’m at an awesome site like Hooniverse. Nowadays I’m in college looking for a degree in Information Systems and/or Information Security, but I still make time to hit up Sunday morning car shows, the indoor gokarting track, racing games like Gran Turismo 5, and of course, write the Hooniverse News.
Thank you all for welcoming us newbies to the Hooniverse community and I, for one, hope to be here for a very long time to come. Also, if you’re reading this right now, thanks for letting me tell you a little story about my life.