Name: Donny Nordlicht
Place of Birth:New York, NY
Year, Make and Model of Your first car/truck: 2004 Toyota Prius
Occupation: Production Coordinator, FastLaneDaily.com, Garage419.com and VODCars.com
What did you think you wanted to be when you grew up? An automotive journalist. Or maybe a car designer, except I couldn’t draw very well.
How long have you worked in the auto industry? Officially about 2 years. However, I had a couple summer jobs here and there with a car collector, and have been a life-long car nut. (I notice when nothing but the type font on the trunk lid changes on a car.) My mother has always told me that before I could walk I would try to jump out of my stroller at hubcaps.
What do you drive now? 2007 Audi S4 & 2008 Mazdaspeed3
Are you out at work? Yes
Was being gay ever an issue at any of your jobs? Not at all. Actually most of my coworkers didn’t know I was gay until I made some mention of finding “Mr. Right.”
If you had one piece of advice to give to a gay person wanting to work in the auto industry, what would it be? Go for it! All that matters is having a love of all things car, and you’re golden; gay or not.
Ok, here is the fun part; if you had $25,000 and had to buy a new car, what would it be and why? This may sound silly, but I’d get a Hyundai Accent SE, 3-Door, and pour the remaining dollars into upgrading the suspension, handling, wheel/tire package, and maybe some of boost. Just in stock trim it put a big smile on my face.
Same question but bigger budget; $50,000: That’s a really tough one. Somehow I find myself in a three-way draw between the Audi A3 3.2, Nissan 370Z, and Acura TL SH-AWD.
If money was no object and you had to drive it every day:
Audi RS6 Avant. Under the radar, spectacularly powerful, and an aural delight.
What is your favorite car of all time and why?
My vote goes to the Lexus RX300. It was such a departure from anything else at that time. Oh, and I may also have a soft spot for it because I learned to drive on one. But the Edsel is a very close second because no one will ever forget it and it’s schnoz.
If your car/truck could talk, what would it say about you?
Either “Drive me more!” or “Aren’t you sick of the Taconic? Because I know I sure am.”
Finally, why do you want to be featured on Gaywheels.com? As much as you tell yourself that you know you’re not the only one out there, it’s really great to be able to physically see it. It always put a smile on my face when I see a new Headlights feature, and I bet I’m not the only one who likes that. Also, I want to show that it’s not just the seasoned industry veterans out there; us kids are getting in on the act too!
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