Introducing Anna Marco, Gnarly Magazine's new Contributing Editor
Anna Marco is a multifaceted media professional. She is a credited feature editor for automotive and culture magazines, a professional makeup artist/stylist/ actress/model and advertising expert with a lifetime of experience in the entertainment industry.
Anna's extensive professional credits include 47 theater/film/TV crew credits and authorship of over 800 print/PR projects for such clients as: Koolhouse Publishing, Warner Brothers, MGM, Disney-Imagine Films, Petersen Publishing Company, Chevrolet Trucks, Harley Davidson, 20th Century-Fox Studios, The Glendale Center Theater, The NFL and The City of Los Angeles.
As a published author/photojournalist, Anna began her career working for Robert E. Petersen at Petersen Publishing for the Petersen Automotive Group in various capacities under renowned automotive industry professionals Harry Hibler, Lee & Aaron Lasky, John Dianna, Gray Baskerville, and DeEtte Crow. She was a longtime staff member at Rod & Custom Magazine under editor and automotive historian, Pat Ganahl. She is now a public educator at the Petersen Automotive Museum.
Formerly on staff for 14 years at Koolhouse Publishing as the Senior Feature Editor of Ol Skool Rodz and Car Kulture Deluxe Magazines, she was also responsible for Key Makeup/hair and styling for photo shoots, special events and diversifying the content. She is a member of the AARWBA (Amer. Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Assn.) and credited with editorial contributions online and in print for clients such as Apparel News, AOL, Hot Rod Harley's, Tikilounge Magazine, Smokin Shutdown, Kustom, Turning Wheels, Horse: Backstreet Choppers, Renegade, and Hot Vettes Magazines among others. She is a contributor to six automotive books (Watson’s Custom Car Confessions, Old School Customs, America’s Coolest Wagons, Custom Cars, Hot Rods, Herb Martinez’s Pinstripe Planet.)
Anna has personally raised over $30,000 for various charity organizations. She curated the artwork series for the Save The Salt Foundation in collaboration with various artists such as Tick One, Ben Von Strawn, Squindo and Ruben Duran; She is active in military fundraisers for veterans and cancer patients. She has created a series of hot rod and pinup posters entitled “Altered Art” and “The Wrench Wenches” that are frequently donated for free. Her most recent project is a personal poster for legendary drag racer, Mousie Marcellus (A/FA Winged Express (fuel altered). She has performed as a print model and film/TV actress for Pennzoil, Hot Rod TV, Speed Scene Live and The Treasures of Long John Gone among others.
Her current ongoing role as “Anna Octane” acts as a spokesperson geared to promote the heritage and showmanship of Nostalgia Drag Racing at racetracks worldwide. After befriending, Linda Vaughn “Queen of Motorsports” at Famoso Raceway, Anna resurrected Linda’s unique Miss Hurst Golden Shifter racetrack style as a tribute to her and to honor her contributions to auto racing. Today, Anna is a primary “Revelette” for The Byrd Team modified fuel roadster that originally raced at Lions Drag strip. The 7-second racecar ran Lions Drag Strip in 1968 and now pays homage to the 1960’s Golden Era of Drag Racing. The car has appeared and match raced at nostalgia events for over 25 years. Anna makes promotional appearances at local automotive events in the Los Angeles area and continues to assist in the production of various automotive film projects as a consultant and is recipient of two Best Backup Babe awards at the 2012 Nitro Nostalgia Reunion (Taupo Dragway, New Zealand) She is seen on the cover of Petrolhead Magazine (NZ).
Anna Marco is a former member of Women in Film and co-recipient of the AFMA Award for period correct makeup and hair on a 1930s era film (Birth of Babylon, Best Short Film, Worldwide Competition) at The American Film Market. Anna is also a member of SEMA and The Assn. of California Car Clubs. She is founder of an all women car club called the Wrench Wenches that promotes women in hot rodding. She retains memberships in The Studebakers Drivers Club and West Coast Kustoms. She has been commended for her work with the USO and US Military by the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) based at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky “for her unwavering support of gear heads Army wide.” She currently hosts a monthly podcast “G.A.A.S: Great American Auto Scene” with Bob Beck, Bruce Barker and special guest host Randy Kerdoon.
We are happy to have her as contributing editor at Gnarly Magazine. Watch for those features!