The Western Automotive Journalists

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, WAJ (Western Automotive Journalists) is a group of writers, authors, broadcasters, photographers, artists and designers who share a common thread: we’re passionate about the auto industry and the vehicles it produces. Learn more about WAJ…

WAJ News

WAJ Member Meeting July 5th,
Hosted by Mecum Auctions
Join your Western Automotive Colleagues on July 5th at the Basque
Cultural Center for a
dinner hosted by Mecum Auctions.

John Kraman, Mecum’s Director of Consignment and NVC Sports commentator, will recap recent auctions and give an overview of the classic car market. Kraman will also preview what’s trending in the collector car market.  Learn More

From the Beach to Valley to Track. The 25th Annual 2017 WAJ Media Days was a hit for all participants
We’ve come quite a distance from our organization’s modest beginnings. Back in 1992, the models of new vehicles outnumbered journalists, a third of whom were full-time media employees reporting on the automotive industry. Our fledgling event was one full day at Sears Point (now Sonoma) Raceway. Media Day became Days in ’94 when a day of driving in the Marin countryside was added. Learn More

2017 WAJ Media Days Member Articles The 25th Annual WAJ Media Days are history, and the member journalists stories are hot off the presses.  Read The Stories

2017 WAJ Media Days Photos
The 25th Annual WAJ Media Days are history, and the story and photos are hot off the presses. See The Photos



The NASA Car Control Clinics (CCC) are Back!
This NASA sponsored driving education program offers students real-world, hands-on experience behind the wheel of their own cars. Students go through training that includes:

*skid control
*emergency stops
*reverse driving
*parallel parking
*hazard avoidance
*freeway merging
*and much more

We can make the streets safer for everyone, and at the same time, save the lives of inexperienced drivers. More teens are killed in auto accidents each year than by any other means. It is our mission to prevent as many avoidable accidents as possible.

The program is staffed entirely by volunteers including professional race car drivers, club racers, auto enthusiasts, and moms and dads that really care and want to make a difference. With one of the lowest costs of any driving program, you will receive the best training for your dollar.  The next clinic is scheduled for Saturday June 25, 2017 at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, CA. Learn More

Laguna Seca stays with SCRAMP
Monterey County Board of Supervisors Approves Three-Year Agreement to SCRAMP for Management of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Facility.  Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Celebrates its 60th Anniversary  Learn More


Mazda: All Racing News Is Local
Word went out in late December that Dean Case of Mazda Motorsports would be hosting a Media Lunch at the Silicon Valley Auto Show in San Jose on Thursday January 5th to present the idea that there is a “local story” everywhere Mazda owners race their cars.  Learn More

WAJ Membership Renewal is now open
It’s Time for all WAJ Members to renew their membership for 2017
Renew your full membership renewal here.
Renew your associate membership here.

National Safety Council and the University of Iowa launch a new exciting Safety CampaignMCDW_Logo

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2016-2018 WAJ Board of Directors

The results of the 2016-2018 WAJ Board of Directors election are in and with 65% of WAJ members voting, the new Board is in place.  Learn More

Dept. of Interior Bonneville Salt Flats Fairy Tale

157239a1-05bb-4219-8a22-5124a26d548eAmericans were treated to a “fairy tale” May 4th when the Department of the Interior staff
posted this link that features a captioned photo more appropriate for the Brothers Grimm than the stewards of the nations public lands. Learn More.

Silicon Valley Reinvents the Wheel a big hit in the center of West Coast automotive technology.

Display-&-Truck2wFor the last six years, WAJ has produced an automotive technology conference, gathering journalists, automakers and technology experts together with car demonstrations and informative panels. Two years ago, we elected to ramp up our conference, moving to The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, a venue with a central location and first class meeting and display space. Learn More