Name: Scott Lawrence Mosher
A.K.A. – Mosher
Place of Birth: Dearborn, MI
Year, Make and Model of Your first car/truck: 1979 Buick LeSabre Estate
Occupation: Production Editor/Manager
Employer: Car and Driver
What did you think you wanted to be when you grew up? I simply knew it had to be something that involved cars. At 2- or 3-years old I was pointing out Lincolns and Cadillacs to my parents.
How long have you worked in the auto industry? On and off for 14-years
What do you drive now? Mostly a different vehicle each night. But I lease a 2009 Honda Civic Si coupe with Navigation for the nights when I don’t drive a test vehicle; it is black-on-black
Are you out at work? Yes
Was being gay ever an issue at any of your jobs? Not that I am aware of.
If you had one piece of advice to give to a gay person wanting to work in the auto industry, what would it be? Don’t let any homophobic fears of a stereotypically macho industry deter you. Prior to working in the industry I feared that the culture would be very macho, but, you’d be amazed at how many gays work in varying areas of the industry, whom are both in- and out- of the closet.
Ok, here is the fun part; if you had $25,000 and had to buy a new car, what would it be and why? I would buy a 2010 VW GTI. I was a big fan of the Mark VI’s ride, handling, and powertrain performance and refinement but never really liked the interior as it wasn’t driver oriented, had a high cowl, and the shade of the gray fabric was enough to put me into a depression. These have all changed/improved for 2010.
Same question but bigger budget; $50,000 2010 BMW 335i coupe, manual. There’s nothing like ringing out a BMW inline-6. The engine is just like butter, it’s hard to find levels of refinement that top the 3-series. I’m all about refinement. Yes, I’d give up horsepower for it.
If money was no object and you had to drive it every day Porsche 911 Carrera 4S
What is your favorite car of all time and why? The 1986 Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable, I can recall when it came out. My dad got his company lease car—he was a manager in Engine and Electrical Engineering (EEE—triple E) at Ford—it was a Mercury Sable LS. From the rear-seat headrests to the vacuum assisted power door locks, the car was a breakthrough. You could have mistaken the interior for a German sedan; it was an incredibly well executed car. I still like to think back to them when I need to find some faith.
If your car/truck could talk, what would it say about you? My daddy takes great care of me and never asks me to do things I wasn’t intended for. Don’t drop my clutch anymore though, once was enough, even if it was for work purposes.
Finally, why do you want to be featured on Gaywheels.com? I’ve found it to be challenging at times to meet other gay guys who have an interest in cars as nerdy as mine so I’d like to let my brothers and sisters know that there are others like them with the same interests.