Autoandroad is a blog dedicated to fans of real and model cars.
Being a car buff, even before writing about cars, Varol McKars (aka Varol Karslioglu) has been collecting model cars since 1972. His interest and emotional connection with the automobile began in his early childhood: His father was one of the early “dolmush” drivers of Istanbul, Turkey. A dolmush (meaning “it is full”) is a collective taxi that shuttles on a predefined route once the vehicle is full at the departure point. Each passenger pays a predefined fare. Those were the times nobody even imagined something like Uber.
His short story; “The American Dolmush” is based on his childhood and youth memories won the short story contest of the the Ankara Library of Toronto, a Canadian-Turkish Cultural Association. In 2011, he published “Nine Car Lives”, a book of nine short stories about cars.
McKars graduated from the Faculty of Business Administration of Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. He pursued a career in finance and worked as an auditor, financial analyst and financial controller in Turkey, Germany and Canada.
As the financial controller of Monroe Turkey of Tenneco Automotive, he gained significant amount of experience about the automotive industry.
He has been writing about cars and the automobile industry since the 1990’s and has visited major automobile museums in Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Varol’s first article on cars was published in 1998. From October 2009 to early 2014, McKars was the weekly columnist and North American reporter of Otohaber, (www.otohaber.com.tr) once the oldest weekly car magazine (monthly since April 2014) in Turkey. He also volunteered as an editor and columnist for Telve, (telve.turkishcanada.org), a community magazine in Canada and has written for websites and blogs.
He is also a columnist and North Amarican reporter of TAYSAD, (Association of Automotive Parts & Components Manufacturers).
Established in 1978, TAYSAD is the sole and most competent representative of the Turkish automotive supplier industry.
To share his inspiration and passion for real and model cars, Varol founded www.autoandroad.com, a blog website dedicated to fans of real and model cars.
In October 2016, he became also a columnist of www.sonmedya.com.tr, a new website broadcasting from Turkey
Varol has been regularly attending NAIAS Media Days in Detroit since 2011, reporting and and conducting interviews.
www.autoandroad.com is a young, yet growing blog. With articles published in English and occasionally in Turkish, autoandroad targets audiences both in North America and Turkey. In 2015, in cooperation with Turkuaz TV (www.turkuaz.ca), o local broadcaster in the GTA addressing the Canadian Turkish audience, we started shooting an automobile programme called “Otomobil Dünyası” (Auto World) to introduce a car in each episode. (As of the date of CIAS 2015, tow episodes featuring Jaguar XF and BMW X4 are already published)
He is partner and marketing director of Academy Travel Services, a travel agency in Toronto. He is also the founder and director of Nova Scola Education consulting Inc, a company providing consultancy and placement services for students coming to Canada for every level of study from language schools to colleges, high schools and universities. He lives in Burlington, Ontario with his family.
With Turkish as his native language, Varol speaks English and German fluently.