’s newest addition

Hey Shinysiders! It’s been a long summer and just before we get geared up for our long winter, I wanted to introduce you all to’s newest member, Mr. Robby DeGraff. I have had the pleasure of working with Robby during two different stints in the past couple of years and I am more than just a little excited that he will be adding Editor to his resume. He’s a standup guy with more than enough hope for our domestic automakers that many of us need not worry.

With the addition of the newest member to the staff over here at Shiny HQ, we will surely be posting more content about rare antique cars, interesting daily drivers, garage pictorials, and of course, we will be posting lots of gorgeous photos. Be sure to check back in. And remember, Always Keep it Shiny Side Up…


Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, Mr. Robby Degraff:

Yes. I drive a Chevrolet Camaro as a daily driver.

My love of cars started when I was a toddler. I begged my mom to take me out to the side of Brown Deer Road just to watch cars go by. As I grew up, my Matchbox and Hot Wheels car collection did too. Middle school years brought me an addiction to Car & Driver, and DuPont Registry. All we cared about in our younger years was the 0-60mph times and top speed. None of us knew anything about braking distances, safety systems, and MPG’s. My poster cars were the Dodge Viper, fourth-gen Chevrolet Camaro, and Lamborghini Diablo.

My first car was a 1995 Ford Windstar. Godzilla (aptly named) managed to go through two transmissions and make it to 148,000 miles before the engine started it’s smoky death rattle. When I was 16, I went car shopping with my dad and came across a bright rally red 2001 Chevrolet Camaro that made my jaw drop. I fell in love.

An influx of aftermarket parts have made their way onto this 3800 V6 Camaro, everything from red leather seats, to a Flowmaster Exhaust and JET Chip. With almost 115,000 miles on her, she runs flawlessly. I will never sell it. Ever.

I have written for a few automotive publications such as, Domestic Driver Magazine, and the Audi Club of North America and I currently am an intern at I am very excited to bring some of my writing, photography, and car geeky-ness to Shiny Sidenet.


But enough about me…

About Ian Merritt

Ian D. Merritt is a commercial, editorial, and automotive photographer and journalist living in Chicago.
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