As 2019 comes to a close, we’ve been asking gearheads like us how their 2019s went and what they’re looking forward to in 2020. Where all the other automotive outlets start announcing their cars of the year (#COTY), we’re more interested in the stories and accomplishments our friends and members care about most.

We call it Care of the Year. 

Mercedes Lillienthal was the first to get back to us this year, so she’s the first we’re running.


What’s the most important gearhead story of 2019?

That’s a hard question to answer. There is always important news! I guess, for me, it’s been the transition of the Terra Tractor as my first 4×4. Prepping for Alcan 5000, mechanical repairs, upgrades, research, and especially learning from Andy and bonding with him over this vehicle.

What feels like YOUR biggest accomplishment of 2019?

Being published in the New York Times!

What’s something important you learned this year?

Sometimes the skills you learned from your previous profession can really help you excel at your new one—they can catapult you much further, faster!


What’s your most important goal for 2020?

Continue to grow in a professional, qualitative, and interesting way. To push my boundaries even more than I have before.

What’s it gonna take to achieve it?

Lots of work, dedication, time, and support from those around me. Thanks to everyone who has been there for me!

How can we help?

Continue doing what you are doing! I appreciate your support and interest.

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