Michael Teo Van Runkle

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Los Angeles, CA
UC Berkeley
Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles
  • Michael has jumped a Ford Bronco and a Lamborghini Huracan, both on purpose.
  • He has eaten a Michelin-starred meal in the Bugatti workshop and tracked a Hyundai Elantra.
  • One day, he wants to enter a proper stage rally race.


The car bug bit Michael as a kid, staring at makes and models in LA traffic. Mastering stick shift in a 1948 Chevy pickup with no first gear began a labor of love on a six-speed Mk1 Audi TT that eventually led to a career in automotive journalism. Everything fits the bill, from commuter sedans to EVs, 4x4s, and supercars. He currently splits daily driver duties among a Mitsubishi Montero, Pajero Evolution, and Porsche Cayenne Turbo while that old 914 project sputters along.


Michael made up his own major at UC Berkeley.
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