Harry Pegg says he’s living proof you don’t have to BE young to act young.
Old enough to remember cars with a starter switch on the floorboard, he’s driven at least one vehicle representing every year since 1949 when he sat on his dad’s knee behind the steering wheel of a Ford sedan.
Harry doesn’t consider himself a critic, but rather a reviewer who looks at a vehicle from a consumer’s point of view.
“I keep my personal likes and dislikes out of the equation as much as possible,” he says. “If a vehicle is well-built and comes close to hitting its target market, who am I to say it’s bad simply because it doesn’t meet my own tastes?
“That doesn’t mean I am not critical, but I aim to be fair. Besides, it’s very difficult to find a really bad vehicle these days; however, there’s still no such thing as a perfect car.”
Harry has been working at newspapers his entire working life and held every newsroom position except editorial page editor. He’s been with Sun Media group in one capacity or another since the Calgary Sun was born in 1980.
He inherited his love of cars from his father, who was a Ford master mechanic, but he did not begin writing about them until 1992. In 1995, he decided to become a freelance auto writer and he’s been at it ever since.
A member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada since 1993, he has been a member of the board of directors for 15 years, two as president, four as secretary and nine as a director.
Even on holidays, he’s likely to be found behind the wheel of a vehicle – likely headed for the family cottage at a lake in Saskatchewan.
“I fly enough while I’m working and have no desire to fly on my free time. And I love to drive.”