Steve Purdy

Shunpiker; (n) one who shuns the turnpike, taking the back roads

instead of the highway, in the spirit of Charles Kurault, Jack Kerouac,

and William Least Heat-Moon.


Writing and Photography

As a contributor to The Auto Channel,, and a variety of print and web publications, I have close to 40 years experience producing words and images, the majority being about automobiles old and new. My photographs have been in galleries around the state including the Automotive Hall of Fame, the East Lansing Public Art Gallery, and the Automotive Fine Art Show at the Concours d’Elegance of America, and I’ve competed in Art Prize.

Video and Audio Production

Beginning with being an occasional radio correspondent for WJR Radio from the epic One Lap of America rallies and the North American International Auto Show in the 1980s, I’ve developed and participated in a variety of projects with different partners including an ongoing automotive radio program on the Michigan Business Network and a motion picture called Sirens of Chrome.

Project Creation and Management

Charity road rallies, journalism awards competitions, social events, automobile art exhibits, a TV show concept and classic car shows are among the projects I’ve either created or managed or both.

Public Relations • Government Relations • Media Relations

After cofounding an association of independent practitioners in the field of business communications called the Individual Communicators Network I’ve been involved in a variety of PR and media projects including the resurrection of the old Detroit Press Club. Having spent an earlier career in state service and having represented a national motorist rights organization I’ve had an opportunity to work with the legislature and the bureaucracy.


Projects currently active and under development include: The Automotive Heritage Awards and the Foundation that supports them; an existing radio program and another under development; a motion picture, an automotive art competition; lectures and seminars; an Art Prize entry; and others.

2365 Bravender Road

Williamston, Michigan


phone: 517.655.3591

mobile: 517.881.8564