Not since last December's stunning come-from-behind victory for T Magazine writer Jauretsi Saizarbitoria has The NYTPicker seen so formidable a challenger emerge for the title of Byline Of The Year.
Today's "Collectible Cars" column by Chicago freelancer Tudor Van Hampton -- a lovely piece of writing about microcars, horespower and fuel efficiencies -- considerably changes the complexion of this year's competitition.
Van Hampton offers a vivid example of simple, high-toned byline elegance, in the noble tradition of Christopher Lehmann-Haupt and Serge Schmemann.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Van Hampton is Midwest Bureau Chief, Equipment & Materials Editor and ENR Insider Editor for Engineering News Record in Chicago. His specialties include cars, heavy machinery, trucks, and tools. It's about time the NYT had an expert on tools.