What Are We About?
Founded in July 2007, RightFootDown started as a simple blog. Today, RFD is a collective of passionate automotive enthusiasts on a mission to share our automotive stories with the world. We love fast cars, motorsports, and automotive culture. Take a look at our regularly updated 2016 HDPE Schedule, automotive and parts reviews, event coverage, and the RFD Garage.
We regularly film feature content and are in the process of planning a series of videos starting this spring at Dominion Raceway, Summit Point and Virginia International Raceway. More on that here. If you are interested in having your car featured, please drop us a line over at our contact page. We also test automotive products and have partnered with speed shops to feature aftermarket parts. Let us know if you would like to work with us in the development or testing of your products!
Josh Taylor, Founder
I’ve been obsessed with cars as long as I can remember. My earliest memory was from the back seat of a 69 Chevelle when I was only about 5 years old and the sensations of torque roasting the tires. As a kid I remember sitting in the back seat of my parent’s pink Cadillac. I would point out cars and yell the year and model before they passed by. My family occasionally went to spectate the races at Old Dominion Speedway. My dad was always tinkering with his cars and I would watch and learn, so you could say I’ve been around this my entire life. When I was 15 my dad gave me an 85 Mustang GT 5.0 as my first car. That’s where it really started for me. Cars were my life.
Over the years I’ve become a high performance driving instructor, participated in everything from autocross to drifting and have accumulated a wall’s worth of plaques, trophies, and bills. I’ve spent money twice over and learned from my mistakes. Now I’m putting my knowledge on the web. We’re going to tell it like it is – how we see it. Glance through the site, bookmark us, tell your friends, but whatever you do, stick around – this is going to be good.
William Byrd, Editor-in-Chief
Will is an automotive journalist and Editor-in-Chief of Right Foot Down. Based in Maryland, he has authored feature-length articles, comparison pieces, and original video content. A professional writer and editor, he has had a long history of founding various automotive websites and, starting in the late 90s, began spending way too much time on car forums. This led to him producing original automotive content for his own sites and becoming the Administrator for several other enthusiast sites.
Then one day he got interested in amateur racing and spent most of his 20s on tracks in the Mid-Atlantic and killing cones Autocrossing in parking lots. He once survived the experience teaching at a teen performance driving school. He has owned way too many cars in the search to find the perfect vehicle layout, all the while knowing its rear-wheel-drive with a V8 up front.
Justin Hughes, Senior Writer
Justin has owned, driven, and raced a wide variety of cars in autocross, rallycross, HPDE, and time trial events, as well as driven and co-driven course cars at stage rallies in the northeast. He is interested in getting the maximum bang for the minimum buck when it comes to playing with cars, and his car history, including old Miatas, Saturns, Honda Civic wagons, and an ex-police Crown Victoria, demonstrates that.
Sean O’Donoghue, Writer & Resident Mechanic
I’m pretty sure I’ve loved cars since birth. Calling them “go-gos” at the age of 2 and being able to identify anything from Alfas to Volvos in my early childhood. My family never really had flashy or interesting cars (unless you like Chevettes or K-cars). I grew up with tons of Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars. Video games with cars?.. Yup! had those! As I got older those toys were replaced with tools as I took automotive repair classes in high school. When not in school I would work on my car with my friends or go on drives. After high school I earned an associates degree in automotive engineering from Northern Virginia Community College. I’m now an ASE certified technician and VA state inspector at a Saab dealership. Outside of work and school I’ve headed 3 local car clubs, had my own website dedicated to proper modification of Toyotas, judged at car shows, and visited the local race track a couple times.
Danny Korecki, Writer
Danny is an Analyst based in Maryland by day and a huge car enthusiast by night. He currently daily’s an E92 M3. He has only owned a few select cars, but has driven a ton. He is a huge fan of V8 engined cars. Most of his content focuses on top spec performance cars and car related product reviews.
Ike, Host of the Untitled Car Show
Having been an amateur mechanic, and obsessive car guy, he attempted to break in for field of automotive journalism, only to discover he sucks at writing. That why he talks about cars now. He has driven a Dodge Challenger R/T across the country and back, blown a head gasket on a Volvo V70R, and put 250k miles on a Saturn. He has owned 2 Dodge Challengers, a Fiesta ST, an Escape, a Volvo C30, a V70XC, a V70R, a 740; oh and a Saturn Ion . He loves driving and autocrossing. He can jerry rig with the best of them, and he wrote his bio in third person. He also has 2 dogs, 2 cats, 1 wife, and 1 kid.
Matt Kirsch, Contributor
Matt is an automotive journalist based out of the Motor City. He can be found urban wheeling his JK Wrangler on Michigan’s notorious pothole-filled streets or tooling around in his most recent go fast purchase – an S2000. He enjoys writing about the cars he has owned and those he wishes he owned, and appreciates the opportunity to share with RFD readers.