1. What kinds of vehicles may be eligible for a profile?
The cars and trucks profiled tend to be classic, collectible or special-interest. However, in the past, we have also profiled several current Shelby Mustangs and other limited-edition, modern-day muscle or exotic cars. However, we would not generally consider standard-issue newer cars or trucks that are sold in mass quantities and can be found on dealer showroom floors or on used vehicle lots in large numbers. (Please note that Newsday's motorcycle column has been discontinued, so motorcycles are not generally accepted.)
2. Who is eligible to submit a vehicle for a profile?
We give preference first to Long Islanders, then to owners and enthusiasts in the New York Metropolitan Area and then to owners from other parts of the country. If an owner is outside of New York, but has a vehicle that would be especially interesting to readers, then we would consider it for a profile.
3. Why do I have to fill out the form? Can't Newsday just interview me by phone?
We can, but when profile information is submitted on the form, the profile can be published far more quickly.
4. How do I submit my vehicle if I don't use or own a computer?
Since we ask that the form and the photo(s) be submitted digitally, use of a computer is necessary. Perhaps you can ask a friend to help you with the submission.
5. Can I send you a printed photo?
No. We can only accept digital photos. Also, please do not try to take a photo of a photo of your vehicle. It will not reproduce well.
6. How do I know if my photo is acceptable?
The best way to judge your photo is to look at the column and see the kinds of photos that have been published.
7. May I submit a photo that has been taken by someone else?
The photo should be taken by you so that you can grant Newsday the right to publish the photo. If the photo has been taken by someone else, such as a magazine or dealership, then you do not have the authority to grant Newsday the right to publish the photo because you do not own it.
8. Can Newsday come and take a photo of my vehicle?
There may be times when Newsday will spot your car or truck at a show and take a photo of it for a future profile. In that case, you do not need to submit a Photo Consent form because Newsday already owns the rights to the photo. On rare occasions, when a vehicle is particularly special, Newsday may come to your location to take a photo.
9. Why do I have to complete and sign the Photo Consent form?
The Consent form allows you to give permission for Newsday to publish the photo that you own. If you submit your own photos, then the profile of your vehicle cannot be published without the completed form.
10. How will I know when my profile is published?
We always try to let owners know in advance when their profiles will appear. Please be patient. Eventually, almost every vehicle submitted is treated to a published profile.
11. What if I have additional questions?
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.