Varol McKars (a.k.a. Varol Karslioglu) is a car buff, an auto writer and a model car collector. He graduated from the Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. Varol chose a career in finance and worked as auditor, financial analyst and financial controller in Turkey, Germany and Canada. Varol’s emotional connection with the automobile started in his early childhood. His father was one of the first dolmush drivers in Turkey. (A dolmush is a form of public taxi. The first vehicles used as dolmush in Turkey were American cars from the 1940’s.)
His short story; “The American Dolmush”, inspired by his father’s 1955 De Soto, won the first prize in the short story contest of Ankara Library, a Turkish-Canadian Cultural Association in Toronto, in 2010.While pursuing his career, Varol always maintained his connection to the world of automobiles. He has been writing about cars and the auto industry since the 1990’s. He visited major automobile museums in Germany, Belgium, France, Italy and the United Kingdom to follow the trails and uncover the secrets of the history of the automobile. Varol is the Weekly Columnist and North American Reporter of Otohaber (www.otohaber.com.tr), Turkey’s oldest weekly car magazine. He volunteered as the editor of Telve, (http://telve.turkishcanada.org) a community magazine in Canada and also writes in for some websites and blogs.
Varol has been collecting model cars from all over the world since 1972. To share his inspiration for model cars Varol founded Diecast Model Car Collection, a blog website dedicated to the fans of model and also real cars (http://DiecastModelCarCollection.com).
Varol lives in Mississauga, Ontario with his family.
- Xlibris US, November 2011
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