Brian Armstead

Brian Armstead

TravelingDad contributor Brian Armstead has been involved in print, radio and television for over 41 years. He is President Emeritus of the Washington Automotive Press Association, and has covered the auto and travel industry from many exotic datelines.


The Right Parts for Your Performance Car

                              Okay so you know I travel a lot. But what you may not know is when I do, I drive to my destinations more than 30% of the time. And when it’s time to hit the road I need my cars to be r-e-a-d-y! With that, I buy my parts from JEGS.com. JEGS is all about performance, muscle cars and racing. If Ford, Chevy, or Dodge performance in new cars is your thing, go to JEGS.COM. If Mercedes-Benz is your thing as it is mine, go to...

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Music and Cars at the British Embassy

(ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF CARRIE DOREAN) As a Traveling Dad, I’m used to hitting the road to report on the latest hotspots for you to visit, and cool events for you to attend.   Living in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area, oftentimes great, free events are literally right in my backyard. Such was the case recently when the British Embassy contacted me for an event they surely knew I would be pleased to attend.   “Hello Brian,” the note from Kate Greer, chief communications officer for the British Embassy began. “British Ambassador Kim Darroch will be hosting Jaguar Land...

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2018 Mazda6: Refinement and Luxury for Traveling Dads

        I’ve always liked the Mazda brand. My first introduction to Mazda was in the late 1970s, when one of my college friends bought a new RX-7. The rotary powered RX-7 was introduced to take some of the shine off of the red-hot Datsun Z-Car, which was one of two cars, the other being the Toyota Corolla, to put then fledgling Japanese car brands on the American consumer’s retail map.   Over the years, the Mazda brand has had some hits and misses. Misses include hanging on to rotary engine technology found in the RX lineup...

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Safety and Common Sense Tips for Traveling Dads

Safety and Common Sense Tips for Traveling Dads   I’ve traveled extensively during my lifetime. I’ve been to 71 countries, 35 states and even a territory or two.   Throughout my travel career, one thread always resonated with me: How do I get to where I’m going safely, efficiently and enjoyably.   Well, as a former U.S. Government employee who completed diplomatic missions for the Agency for International Development, Voice of America and Department of State, I can honestly say that safely, efficiently and enjoyably were often thrown out of the window given the political and in-country dynamics at...

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Springtime Car Maintenance Checklist!

Alright Traveling Dads: You’ve been eyeing a family trip, and finances dictate that hitting the road instead of flying may be the most economical way to travel. When the weather begins to change from winter’s gloom to the glory of spring, many begin using our cars more. Well, a cheap road trip can turn into a major financial hardship if your trusty steed is not ready for the task. So what’s a concerned dad to do? Before getting into the full swing of warm weather, take time out to give your car a maintenance checkup. The following tips should...

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A Personal Journey to the Deep South

This week America commemorates an infamous anniversary, the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 4, 1968, at 7:01 p.m. Dr. King was felled by a bullet on the balcony of the then Lorraine Motel. Last February 2017, Toyota Motor Sales USA, conducted a Black History Tour (BHT) arranged by their multicultural agency, PRecise Communications based in Atlanta, Georgia. As a child of the 1960s, and witness to riots in Baltimore after the assassination of Dr. King, I was super excited to attend to learn more about our history, and was joined by several journalist...

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