Housekeeping: Paging Mr. Farago To The Hagerty Courtesy Phone

He’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Robert Farago makes Hagerty debut today with “Straight Outta Tribeca”, his recurring gonzo take on the automotive business. Get ready to read about cars, guns, Mexican excursions, and Shelby F-150s. It is my immense pleasure to bring Robert back to autowriting — and to revitalize a professional relationship that has lasted eleven long years now.

And don’t worry — I’m not done getting the band back together. Not quite yet. Hope you have some vellum antidote handy…

The new article is right here. Enjoy,

25 Replies to “Housekeeping: Paging Mr. Farago To The Hagerty Courtesy Phone”

    • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

      “Little”? It’s more than twice the 800 word hard limit Robert put on me at TTAC. In any case, a fine read, though I personally did not find the McLaren 570S to be at all sluggish below 2,500 RPM.

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      • Avatarrambo furum

        I wouldn’t have minded seeing the mandatory concision of the old 800 word limit applied to the article. It was a good read, but there was fat to be trimmed.

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  1. Avatarsmallblock

    Excellent article. I take this to mean that you’re poaching Sajeev as well? That’s great! As much as I enjoy the series you mentioned, his other series of Q&A’s is among my favorites. I’m looking forward to everything you and your team have in store.

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  2. AvatarJohn C.

    Nice to see McLaren do what Lotus used to in making their cars a little more of a tool for the job at hand and less for the teenagers bedroom wall. With Bruce McLaren and Colin Chapman gone, over time the cars can only become less serious and more Crazy Rich Asian/Texan. At some point you will have to put a dollar in the douchebag jar to drive one.

    That may have already happened to McLaren when that crippled runner on ski legs got the number of the model he killed from the dealer. Well people go a little crazy in the bush of the worldwide Empire.

    The band back together singing in harmony that new cars are so much better than old might eventually come into conflict with management. Their position must be that old cars are so great, you should insure them for their true value.

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  3. AvatarJon

    I’m sorry Jack, I’m a fan but while I enjoyed the old TTAC crew (Jack, Paul, Ed, Sanjeev, Justin, Ronnie) do we need to hear more from Robert Farago? Isn’t there enough guys who don’t know much about cars (a Jeremy Clarkson lite) that can write something about them? Does he not have another website to flip?

    I guess we can hear more haranguing on GM and Ford for whatever issues he can multiply and give his own Farago slant. Or more test drives with a lot of fluff and no credibility in an actual review.

    Robert Farago… isn’t he the ultimate anti-Baruth? He should fade away just like the current TTAC.

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      My idea of Hagerty is as the biggest of big tents. Which means there is room for a bomb-thrower like Robert.

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      • AvatarMoar BS Please

        Despite his issues as a leader, Bertel Schmitt has potential as an individual contributor.

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          • AvatarBaconator

            I look forward to a Schmitt-penned listicle of “10 Collector Cars That Will Attract Kinky Asian Women.”

        • Avatararbuckle

          Bertel was a good writer but he couldn’t even handle lukewarm TTAC bantz. Same deal with Paul N. over at his site. Paul’s just more annoying because he completely lacks self-awareness about his old man hissy fits.

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    • Avatarequ

      I still remember Farago’s Cayman S write up from 2006; around the time I bought one new. He was spot on and seemed to “get” driving as well as having great writing style. It’s been years since he published car material that I know of, so I’m not going off many observations here, but he definitely has motoring chops, at least for street driving.

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  4. AvatarDomestic Hearse

    I’m all for a writer who takes “the wobble” and knocks it ass-over-tea-kettle down the slippery-slope of PC, convention, and tradition. Did Farago make FU money on his two websites? Only he knows, but I hope he goes on to write like he did. And drive that way, as well. Perhaps we will now have an editorial race to see which pen creates the bigger stir – Baruth or Farago. Here’s to sparks, smoke and epic finishes.

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    • Avatarrambo furum

      It was pointed out at some point that he is the son of Peter and Daphne Farago, who have a wing at the Rhode Island School of Design named after them as well as a collection at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. It is assumed that he can afford to take commercial risks.

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  5. AvatarKevin Jaeger

    It is fantastic to see Farago back. That article was certainly a blast from the past, style wise.

    I hope he did well with both TTAC and TTAG.

    I’m very much looking forward to see what else you bring to Hagerty. This is a great development.

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  6. AvatarComfortablyNumb

    Farrago alliteration for the win! I don’t know how you suckered him into this, but nicely done, Jack.

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  7. AvatarRonnie Schreiber

    Disney just wrote off a $400 million dollar investment in Vice Media that is now, on paper, worthless. It’s tempting to go all Nelson Muntz on all the online “journalists” who have gotten redslipped lately, but I know that I’m blessed to have a gig that allows me to make money with my verbosity.
    It’s interesting that more 25 years after the World Wide Web was launched lots of folks haven’t yet figured out how to make money providing information on the most efficient information sharing system humans have yet invented. I’m hardly impartial but it seems to me that Jack is as likely to crack that nut as anyone when it comes to stuff for car enthusiasts. So far he tells me that the site numbers are good.
    Writing news can be a grind, but I like the challenge of providing context and making it an interesting and enjoyable read, and it gives me the opportunity to do some feature pieces where I can stretch out a little.
    Speaking of which, this is a fun story about a guy who found a irreplaceable barn find in his own barn: https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/05/10/owning-shinodas-personal-mustang-boss-prototype

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    • AvatarJohn C.

      Interesting article. A little surprised Shinoda is so venerated in the Mustang community when his best work was for the other guy, his Mustang time was short, and he was part of the zig bigger when the Mustang should have zagged smaller. Given his heritage, surprised he didn’t spend the second half of his career post Ford helping the Japanese clean up their overly busy styling.

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      • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

        From what I can tell, Shinoda was very much American in his culture so I’m not sure he would have been a good fit in Japan.

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