About John Rettie
An internationally renowned automotive writer and consultant, John Rettie has managed to pack a wide range of experiences into his career since leaving university 29 years ago. Following a two-year stint as assistant editor on an auto magazine in England, he became a freelance writer and photographer. He traveled the world extensively between 1973 and 1985, covering auto races, product launches and numerous other aspects of the auto industry. He helped found and was president of Deitrich, Ober and Rettie Inc., a small, six-person public relations and advertising agency (Gardena, California), between 1976 and 1986, with several clients in the auto industry, including BFGoodrich, Cosworth and Chevrolet. During that period, John also worked as technical editor on Hot VWs magazine.
In 1985, Mr. Rettie started working for Ward's Communications as the West Coast bureau chief. Following his stint with Ward's, he joined J.D. Power and Associates as senior editor of three newsletters in 1988 before being promoted to editorial director in 1990. Between 1990 and 1993, he also wrote a weekly road-test column for the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group. After nine years at J.D. Power and Associates, John returned to working as an independent writer and photographer in 1997.