Let's Try Something Car Designer J Mays Specifically Told Me Not To Do

A while ago, I had the genuine pleasure of interviewing one of the best-known and accomplished modern automotive designers , J Mays. Mays is known for, among many other things, designing the New Beetle, Audi TT, and defining Ford’s current design language. He also once told me not to try and modernize the Model T. I’m… »8/13/15 4:30pm8/13/15 4:30pm


Lincoln In Same Boat As Mercury, Won't Get Ford Flex Either

Wes and I spent yesterday at a very Flex-ible Ford event in the Big Apple, and before we hit the road, we had a chance to sit down with some other journalists and break bread with our new mishpacha, Ford's chief creative officer J "Boss Of Big Balls" Mays. While other journalists were busy munching on mozzarella and… »5/20/08 6:30am5/20/08 6:30am

Ford Design Chief Says Successful Vehicles Need "Secret Sauce"

Last night at the Automotive News World Congress in Dearborn, MI, FoMoCo global design chief J Mays outlined five must-have elements designers need to "figure out" when planning a new vehicle. They include looking at the customer, determination of brand aspiration, telling a story, choosing the appropriate vehicle… »1/18/07 9:28am1/18/07 9:28am

Jalopnik Photoshop Contest: Winner to Receive Lock of the Loverman's Chest Hair

In the above photo, devoted Jalopnik reader John Furst brilliantly played upon Jonny's love of his own face and dislike of oversized "dirt-haulers." Can you best Johnn's noble effort? Note: In the event that the Loverman is unable or unwilling to part with any of his chest hair, the winner of the contest will get a… »12/08/06 11:36am12/08/06 11:36am

Viva La Mustang! Viva Free Booze! Viva La Lara Flynn Boyle! Giugiaro 'Stang Launch Party

Yes, yes — Giorgetto's son and J Mays fired up the engine of the savagely orange Italdesign Mustang. But the highlight of the night was when Autoblog Frank, fueled by the courage only whiskey and Diet Coke can provide, began talking about how hot Lara Flynn Boyle's Victoria's Secret stylings in Men in Black II were,… »11/29/06 10:00am11/29/06 10:00am

Spy Photos: Giugiaro Mustang Coming to Los Angeles Show

Thanks to Dutch car mag, Autovisie, we've got tentative proof the top-secret Giugiaro Mustang — a concept car reported to be a joint project of Ford design boss J Mays and ItalDesign's Fabrizio Giugiaro — exists in sheetmetal form. Set for a debut at the Los Angeles auto show later this month, the Italianized 'Stang… »11/16/06 7:38am11/16/06 7:38am