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The Harley Davidson Forums (HDForums.com) sites was founded in February of 2003 as an expansion of the Automotive Forum Universe group of websites. Acquired by Internet Brands in 2004, HDForums is the largest resource online for Harley Davidson owners and enthusiasts, with over 1.2 million threads and 17 million posts on everything from vintage Harleys to the new LiveWire.

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Derin Richardson

Derin Richardson

Content Editor

Derin Richardson is a seasoned editor who worked in print & digital media for 10 years. He graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a bachelor's degree in print journalism in 2011.

His history with automobiles stretches way back to his time as a young child, as he loved to help with his grandfather's yellow 1941 Ford Pickup and red 1952 Ford Crown Victoria. Throughout his teens, he also enjoyed wrenching and cruising around in his mother's electric blue 1966 Pontiac LeMans. Today, he dotes on his own crown jewel, his red 2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS, dropping the top and laying some serious rubber on the road as much as possible.

With his grandfather being a retired fire engine mechanic for the Los Angeles Fire Department, Derin has learned valuable lessons when it comes to vehicle maintenance, choosing the right performance parts and getting the most out of simple but effective mods.

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Derek Shiekhi

Derek Shiekhi

Writer

Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK-Forum.com and Ford-Trucks.com, Derek also contributes to other outlets. He started There Will Be Cars on Instagram and Facebook to get even more automotive content out to fellow enthusiasts.

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About Internet Brands

Internet Brands was founded in 1998 as CarsDirect.com. Numerous industry awards and a place on Time Magazine's "50 Best" websites list followed. In 2006, the company changed its name to Internet Brands to reflect its accelerating diversification. Today Internet Brands owns and operates hundreds of brands in the Health, Home, Shopping and Travel verticals - but Automotive remains at its core. Properties like CorvetteForum.com, HDForums.com and Ford-Trucks.com perform in the top five of their respective brands, and Internet Brands Automotive Group is consistently recognized as one of Comscore's Top 6 overall automotive companies. You can learn more about the Internet Brands Automotive Group at https://www.internetbrandsauto.com.

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