Denise McCluggage: 1927-2015

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Denise McCluggage died on May 6.

From the very beginnings of The Alfa Romeo Market Letter, she was friendly and supportive of my publishing endeavors. When I was reviewing cars for the New York Times, our paths crossed many times at events. I remember thinking, “This woman raced Porsches and Ferraris, and now she’s writing about Kias.” It didn’t make sense to me.

As I got to know her better, I came to understand that she loved all aspects of the motoring community, from F1 racing to vintage contests to concours to reviewing modern cars. It’s almost inconceivable to think of a Pebble Beach without running into Denise. Or a Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Or an Amelia Island.

I can only say thank you to her for living a life that was full and rich from the very start to the very end. And sharing her enthusiasm with so many different generations of automotive enthusiasts.

Read her Autoweek obituary here.

— Keith Martin

 

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Keith Martin

Keith Martin has been involved with the collector car hobby for more than 30 years. As a writer, publisher, television commentator and enthusiast, he is constantly on the go, meeting collectors and getting involved in their activities throughout the world. He is the founder and publisher of the monthly Sports Car Market and bi-monthly American Car Collector magazines, has written for the New York Times, Automobile, AutoWeek, Road & Track and other publications, is an emcee for numerous concours, and has his own show, “What’s My Car Worth,” shown on Velocity.

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