expert Glen Woodcock

1922 Ford Model T roadster

Glen Woodcock has been in love with automobiles for as long as he can remember.

Since buying his first car as a teenager – a well-used 1955 Meteor sedan – he has owned more than 50 cars and trucks, both old and new. He is especially interested in vintage vehicles and writes a weekly feature for Autonet called Time Machines.

Oddball autos have a special place in his heart and owning pride of place in his garage is a restored 1947 Frazer Manhattan that was a barn find in 2006.

A product of Ryerson’s journalism program, Glen worked at the old Toronto Telegram and wrote his first automotive road test – on his own Fiat 850 Spider – back in 1969. He is one of the Toronto Sun’s 62 original employees and started the paper’s automotive section in 1976 while editor of the Sunday Sun. He contributed bi-monthly road tests until leaving the paper in 1979 for a life in the country raising horses. Glen resumed his automotive writing shortly after returning to Toronto and the Sun in 1984.
For many years he was a Toronto Sun associate editor, producing the daily comment pages and writing about cars on a part-time basis. His test cars always got a good workout on the 200-km round trip commute from his home in Port Hope. It certainly made the trips anything but routine.

For two years Glen was Sun Media automotive editor until taking early retirement and moving back to the country in 2006. An award-winning photographer, in 2005 he was runner-up in the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s journalist of the year competition.

Since retirement Glen has been anything but idle, writing about cars both old and new, and continuing to produce his weekly five-hour radio program on Toronto’s JAZZ.FM91. “The Big Bands with Glen Woodcock,” now in its 37th year, is at present the longest running radio show in Toronto.

He and his wife Connie have published several books and a series of Canadian jazz recordings on their own Cowtown label.

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