Ed. Races Up the Road & Track Masthead

roadandtrack09.09.08.jpgRoad & Track, which has been without a top editor since Thos L. Bryant retired earlier this year after spending 36 years with the company, didn’t have to drive far to find his replacement. Matt DeLorenzo, the magazine’s deputy editor who has been running its day-to-day operations since Bryant’s departure, will assume the position of vice president/editor-in-chief at the Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. title.

Ten years ago, DeLorenzo joined R & T as its Detroit editor and has steadily progressed up the ranks since. Previously, he served as editor of AutoWeek and a reporter at trade journal Automotive News. He’s also penned books about cars such as Corvette Dynasty and Legendary American Cars.


New York, NY (September 8, 2008) — Alain Lemarchand, President & CEO, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. announced today that Matt DeLorenzo, Deputy Editor, Road & Track has been promoted to Vice President/Editor-in-Chief of the magazine reporting to Senior Vice President, Group Editorial Director John Owens. DeLorenzo has been running day-to-day operations for the magazine since former Editor-in-Chief Thos L. Bryant retired this year after 36 years with the company. Road & Track magazine reaches nearly 6 million readers monthly and is distinguished for its credibility and authority in automotive journalism as well as for its quality design and beautiful photography. Beyond Road & Track magazine’s total audience of nearly 6 million readers, the Road & Track brand has expanded and now offers its trusted content across a broad range of platforms including www.roadandtrack.com , providing guidance and entertainment to both enthusiasts and in-market shoppers.

Lemarchand said: “I am delighted to name Matt as the new editor-in-chief of this outstanding magazine. For the past ten years, Road & Track readers have enjoyed his incisive and well-written reporting on automotive news. Matt’s knowledge and editorial experience represent the highest standards for journalism and design, and he will make an excellent editor-in-chief.”

DeLorenzo joined Road & Track as Detroit Editor in l998. In addition to covering automotive issues related to the domestic manufacturers, he has written a number of books including Corvette Dynasty, Legendary American Cars and Modern Chrysler Concept Cars which won the 2000 Best of Books award from the International Automotive Media Association. Before joining Road & Track, DeLorenzo was the editor of AutoWeek from l989 to 1996. He became the first full-time Los Angeles reporter for the industry trade journal Automotive News in l982 and for four years covered the emerging import automotive industry including startups such as Mitsubishi Motors North America, Acura and Hyundai Motors America. While in Los Angeles, he was one of the organizers and the first president of the West Coast chapter of the International Motor Press Association which later became the Motor Press Guild. In l986, he joined Automotive News’ Washington D.C. bureau and eighteen months later was promoted to International Editor overseeing the domestic and foreign bureaus with full time reporters in Tokyo, Frankfurt, Washington and Los Angeles.

About Road & Track
The Road & Track caters to the automotive enthusiast community with a unique publication and timely website. As America’s original car-enthusiast publication, Road & Track has a 60-year track record of providing its audience with authoritative road tests of new cars, insightful comparisons for making car shopping decisions easier and more informed, over-the-horizon looks at future cars and trends, in-depth technical updates on everything from future fuels to tire technology, and racing features that transport the reader into the pits and paddocks of racing tracks around the world.

In addition to the monthly magazine, Road & Track’s other platforms include: Road & Track’s web site, http://www.roadandtrack.com; which has grown 200% in the last year (source: comScore July 2008) and offers a multitude of new and interactive features; Road & Track LIVE, a national consumer exotic sports car driving program; Road & Track Radio, a weekly two hour live program with over 60 affiliates and heard on Sirius-XM Radio, an enriched database with vehicle ownership and purchase intent data, a soon-to-be-launched Road & Track Mobile service; a digital edition; a commemorative book called Supercars, published by Filipacchi Publishing; and the Road & Track Car and Truck Buyers Guides.

About Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.
Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. (www.hfmus.com) enthusiast brands and targeted media products reach nearly 60 million consumers through magazines, online and mobile content. The company’s editorial hallmarks are trusted expert content along with independent product testing. Our prestigious brands fall into six sectors and include: Fashion (ELLE, ELLEgirl); Automotive (Car and Driver, Road & Track, Jumpstart Automotive Media); The Luxury Design Group (ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home, PointClickHome); Women & Health (Woman’s Day and Woman’s Day Special Interest Group) and Enthusiasts (American Photo, Boating, Cycle World, Flying, Popular Photography, Premiere and Sound & Vision). HFM U.S. Total Solutions marketing initiative packages these assets across brands and platforms with customized marketing programs. HFM U.S. is part of Lagardere’s (www.lagardere.com) media division Lagardere Active, a producer of special interest content in over 40 countries.