Looking To The US
The co-founder of GearBoxTV, Greg Riley, is a father of five and world-traveling thirty year sales and marketing professional. Greg has a serious affinity for automotive journalism with a specialty in collector cars and related auctions. Over the last decade his work has appeared in publications as diverse as Old Cars Weekly, Sportscar Market, In Wheel Time, and Hearst Newspapers. Greg is the co-author of Black Gold to Bluegrass, a peer reviewed historical text. He has also written and published two automotive technical manuals; The Corv-8, America’s Original Mid-Engine Supercar, and The Ultimate Guide to ‘Vairs with Air. His blog GarageDlx was recognized with a Texas Auto Writers Association Best in Craft Award. Most weekends he can be found at his shop (also named GarageDlx) indulging his passion for automotive restoration.
Looking To The US
GearBoxTV co-founder Reagan Wyka came by her love of cars early as part of the car-crazy culture of SW Louisiana. As a teenager she spent many evenings cruising Ruth Street in Sulphur, Louisiana. Also as a teen, she learned to drive a manual so she could participate in sanctioned racing with her boyfriend at 1/4 miles tracks all around the region. For 10 years, Reagan maintained the books, banking, and website for the family-owned sports car and collector car dealership. While there, Reagan developed considerable knowledge of the car business and met customers from around the country and the globe. A single mom of two beautiful little girls, Reagan most recently founded her own branding, social-media, and web design business. Now Reagan brings a lifetime of knowledge about cars, web-design, and social media as co-founder into GearBoxTV.
Looking To Europe
Natan Tazelaar is a highly respected European automotive journalist based in The Netherlands who has worked as a staff writer for CARROS Magazine and Auto Motor en Sport. His freelance work appeared in dozens of (international) publications. He divides his time between Holland and Houston, TX. Natan is also a judge of the International Engine of the Year Awards and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association. He refuses to – or actually can’t – name his favorite car after driving several hundreds in the last two decades. There are a few however, that made a lasting impression: among those are the Marcos TSO, Gen 5 Dodge Viper, Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, AC Ace Bristol, Brabus 190E 3.6 Leichtbau, Racing Green Bentley Eight Le Mans and Mercedes-Benz 600 SEL.
A psychiatrist friend once observed me under an old car and said, “You have obsessive, compulsive, automobile restoration disorder. It is a disease from which there is no cure.” She was right. For the best part of 4 decades, I have been returning old, mostly abandoned sports car projects into concours winners, national champions, and even survivor cars. During this long period of time, let’s just say prices have been “fluid.”
My day job is in financial services. Except for my hands giving me away, I am probably the least likely person you would expect to be turning his own wrenches. But I love working on all aspects of everything that rolls on two wheels or four, which means I don’t have time to hunt, fish, or play golf. My day job supports my hobby.
In the case of vintage sports cars, it has been a very, very lucrative hobby. Which is one of the reasons why I shun social media and choose to remain “off the radar screen.” My last acquisition required a consortium of 19 different bankers, CPAs, lawyers, consultants, currency traders, and advisors. Which means, of course, that in addition to knowing how to get things done, I have surely mastered the art of the “upstream sell” to the spouse. I closely follow global markets, exchange rates, and prices. And I want to share insightful information so you, too, can tell your spouse, “Honey, there’s nothing in our garage that’s worth less than what we paid for it.”
Gifta Raja is a native of India and resident of Mumbai. She has a Master of Management Studies/Marketing from Mumbai University. In her career she deals with some of the world’s largest retailers in marketing, and product development. She will be a regular contributor to GearBoxTV sharing her experiences as an female Indian car owner and sharing insight on the Eastern car scene. Gifta’s favorite quote is, “When in doubt, throttle out!”
Started writing professionally in 2014. My opinion on cars is backed by first-hand experience and knowledge. I’ve worked in Used car lots, Rentals, Valet, Appraised high dollar car collections, and manage my own vintage car collection with my father. I may be young, but I have the experience of someone double my age.