Jim Choate was born into a Chevrolet family and like most boys had a big interest in cars. Not so much detailed mechanicals, but overall design and execution. He can recall only a few select times when there wasn't a Chevy product in the driveway, but he didn't let that stop him from appreciating other cars as well.
family did own a Plymouth Horizon in the late 70s/early 80s, and
remembers that his older sister's choice of a first car was the
Horizon or a 1973 Mustang Grande (she took the Mustang.) A Ford F-150
pickup, a late 60s Mustang convertible (white with red interior), a
Jeep CJ-5, an AMC Gremlin, and a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup are the few cars he remembers wiggling
into the usually GM-only driveway.
Jim currently owns a 2002 Dodge Caravan with 425,000 miles (bought for $994 with 397,000 on it) and a 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue with 195,000 miles bestowed upon him by his now-retired father-in-law. His 1998 Dodge Stratus (a member of the Chrysler 200,000 Mile Club) was handed down to his brother where it is still performing daily driver duties.
A "student of the industry," Jim has been a longtime contributor to Allpar, both as “forums chief” and as a reporter/photographer. His articles have included reports on the Chicago Auto Show (which he has attended every year since 1981), Chrysler fleet sales and media ride-and-drive events, and other shows and events for Allpar. He is a recipient of the coveted Allpar Golden Throttle Body award at the Carlisle All-Chrysler Nationals.
In addition to managing the Allpar Forums as official “forums chief,” Jim has been a contributor to the main site; he attended and reported on the Chicago Auto Show, Chrysler fleet sales and media ride-and-drive events, as well as other shows and events for Allpar. He is a recipient of the coveted Allpar Golden Throttle Body award at the Carlisle All-Chrysler Nationals.
In addition to being a contributor and “forum chief” for Allpar, Jim is the founder and webmaster for Stratusphere.net, an online community for owners of the “Cloud Cars.” He is also involved with the operations of ASEClub.net - the Avenger/Sebring Enthusiasts Club. Both groups held their annual meet (13th for Stratusphere, 8th for ASEC) during the 2013 CEMA Car Show at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum, one of the last times the museum was open to the public.
In his “day job,” Jim is a Senior Services Technician for a Fortune 500 IT sales and services company. Jim and his family reside in the western suburbs of Chicago, and despite his best efforts, cannot drive a stick-shift car.
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