Alan, along with his brother and sister, grew up in an automotive enthusiast household. His father drag raced flathead-powered dragsters in the 1950s until it became too expensive and then moved to street rods. Alan’s mother even drove in a few Powder Puff races! Living in Kansas, Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma, Alan’s favorite childhood pastime through the 1960s and 1970s was reading automotive magazines about hot rods, muscle cars, and 4x4s. In high school he began riding motorcycles and wheeling with friends in their Jeeps and Land Cruisers along with working on his own vehicles. Alan was always sketching cars and cartoon cars for his friends in school, which eventually led to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Advertising Design from the University of North Texas. After winning a Society of Illustrators award and interning at a Dallas graphic design business, Alan headed out to California in 1984 to attend classes at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design. In the mid-1980s, he worked as an Art Director and Graphic Designer at Argus Publishers on Popular Hot Rodding and Off-Road magazines along with other titles. In 1989, he moved to Petersen Publishing and was on the staff of Car Craft for several years in the early 1990s before moving to Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road (and later Jp magazine). After owning several muscle cars over the years including a couple Plymouth Roadrunners (a ’69 and a ’73), a ’70 Boss 302 Mustang, a ’70 Buick GS convertible, a ’77 Pontiac Trans Am, and a ’70 Dodge Challenger T/A, Alan turned his attention to 4-wheeling with a ’66 Jeep Wagoneer Panel, a ’79 Ford Bronco, and a ’94 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Most recently he has built a ’69 Volkswagen Baja Bug with his son. Alan enjoys exploring the back roads of America with his wife, son, and daughter. While out there, Alan likes to do as much wheeling, camping, hiking, photography, and astronomy as time allows.