Ken Gross

Ken  Gross
Author, Historian, Curator and Concours Judge

Ken Gross and our 1947 Kurtis-Omohundro Comet


“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” The Chinese proverb could have been based on the life of Ken Gross… if Confucius had only been writing 2,600 years later. Mr. Gross’s l’affaire de l’automobile began when growing up in Swampscott, Massachusetts. There he met an enthusiast with an MG-TC and another with a home-built Formula Libre “special”.

The owners shared their enthusiasm, giving him rides and answering questions. When 13 year-old Ken found a May 1954 issue of Road & Track, his interest in automotive journalism was ignited, and a still-growing collection of automotive periodicals was launched. With a BA in English Literature from St. Lawrence University and an MS in Marketing from the University of Illinois, a marketing career was in his future, but his interest in automobiles continued to burn; freelance writing became an outlet. In time he left his promising career in brand management to pursue his passion for the automobile – writing full time. 

Ken’s writing can now be found in Playboy, where he is the Automotive Editor, Popular Mechanics, where he shares a regular column with Jay Leno, The Robb Report, AutoWeek, Hemmings , over 40 publications in all. He has also authored 13 books …and written a 12-episode, historic car series for TV, “Behind The Headlights”. Today Gross devotes much of his time bringing great automobiles together for the public viewing.

A four year Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles and respected judge of Concours events, Gross developed a significant practice curating automobile exhibits; the North Carolina Museum of Art currently presents a Porsche exhibit he curated. Six more exhibits, some appearing as late as 2016, are in development. Ken, who served as a Navy Officer in Vietnam, now lives in Hamilton, Virginia with his wife, Trish Serratore and their children.

The two-story garage at their home is the subject of a book and a metaphor of the man: polished floors, five collectable cars and motorcycles, an overhead lift and a collection of more than 100 flat head Ford intake manifolds covering one wall. The second floor? That’s where Ken keeps his collection of 30,000 automotive periodical.  Ken and his wife Patricia Serratore live in Hamilton, Virginia, with their children Jake and Kayla.

Ken  Gross  Interview
Listening Time: 36 Minutes
Cars Yeah!  September 9, 2015

Personality Profile
Hemmings Classic Car: December, 2013

Articles  Authored  About  Undiscovered  Classic  Cars

Those Marvelous Mercury Lead Sleds
Author: Ken Gross
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Program: August, 2015

1955 Glass Wonder Show Car
Breaking the Mold
John Dragich Special (3 made)

Author: Ken Gross
American Car Collector: July-August, 2014

Glass Act: Woodill Wildfire
Author: Ken Gross
Motor Trend Classic: Summer, 2014

Land  Bound  Pegasus:  1952  Maverick  Sportster
Author: Ken Gross
Motor Trend Classic: Fall, 2013

The Comet’s Tale:
The 1947 Kurtis-Omhundro Comet

Author: Ken Gross
Motor Trend Classic: Spring, 2013

Norman  Timbs  Roadster:  A  Seamless  Restoration
Author: Ken Gross
Octane Magazine: January, 2013

1952 Astra Coupe
Entry-Level Price For A Trend Setter
Ken Gross – American Car Collector: November/December, 2012

1950 Templeton Saturn: Feature Article
Running Rings Around All Others
Author: Ken Gross
Motor Trend Classic: Winter, 2012

Affordable Style:
The Short, Sweet Life of the American Sport Custom
Author: Ken Gross
Pebble Beach Concours Program: August, 2012

1949 Norman Timbs Special: Feature Article
Author: Ken Gross
Motor Trend Classic: Spring, 2010

1948  Norman  Timbs  Special
Author: Ken Gross
The Rodder’s Journal #48, 2010

Taildraggers:  On  the  Lawn  at  Pebble  Beach
Author: Ken Gross
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Program: August, 2005

Books  Authored

Art of the Hot Rod (2012)
By Ken Gross and Peter Harholdt

The Allure of the Automobile (2010)
By Robert Labaco and Ken Gross

Hot Rod Milestones (2005)
Ken Gross and Robert Genat

Illustrated BMW Buyer’s Guide (1994)
By Ken Gross