Sue Mead Bio:
Sue Mead is an automotive journalist and author, as well as an off-road adventurer and racer. She travels the globe test driving cars and trucks, working for magazines, newspapers, television, radio and the Internet to provide vehicle reviews, as well as adventure stories about racing and automotive expeditions throughout the world.
Sue began her automotive career as a part-time freelance evaluator for Four Wheeler Magazine in 1988, on the first team that included women as test drivers. She specializes in 4WD, has been a 4WD editor for CNN/fn television and has accumulated enough off-road miles to have circumnavigated the world. Mead’s adventures have taken her to 69 countries. She has participated in three record-setting adventure drives: The ’95 Arctic20Circle Challenge; The ’96 Tip-to-Tip Challenge; and the ’97 TransAmerica Challenge, which broke the previous TransAmerica Guinness Book of Records drive. She has competed in the Baja 1000 six times; was a co-driver on the famed Paris-Dakar rally in 2000; and joined the LONGITUDE Around-the-World drive team to help raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s Disease. Mead has been featured in the documentary “Into the Dust” and in the movie “From Dust to Glory”. Mead was inducted into the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2007 and was the Driver of Record, winning the Open Production Class in the 2011 Dakar Rally.
Sue has authored three books: Monster Trucks and Tractors; Off Road Racing, Legends and Adventures; and Rock Crawling, published by Chelsea House and is currently in the process of finishing her fourth book Driving for My Life: Inner and Outer Journeys. She has been a member of the International Motor Press Association, New England Motor Press Association, the Active Lifestyle Car Jury, the North American Car and Truck of the Year Jury and the Texas Auto Writers Association. She has received two awards from the International Automotive Press Association and the Texas Auto Writers Association and has served on the Board of Directors for Tread Lightly! Inc.
Sue always takes the time to help new female automotive journalists and drivers learn the tricks of the trades. Besides teaching them the basics of how to operate vehicles, she often helps them network and find jobs.
Sue also makes a commitment to help with goodwill missions in the U.S. and abroad and to provide aid in disasters. She has lent a hand working in South Africa; in Mississippi to Katrina victims; in the Birmingham /Tuscaloosa and Joplin disasters and has also served in Haiti.