Part 1 in a series.
I’VE LEARNED A LOT FROM YOU OVER THE YEARS
This all started as my second (or third) attempt to launch a DSM magazine. Almost immediately, it became more than that. From those first DSM owners, to rally, GM, drag racing, and even EV “channels,” we’ve come a long way. Over the years, I’ve spoken with hundreds of people who “play with cars.” I’ve talked to builders and collectors, about race cars and show cars, and just about everything in between. And I’ve learned a LOT in the process.
Forget my lofty goal of helping gearheads build high performance machines & lives for a minute. Instead, think of all the different people we’ve introduced you to over the years. I hope you’ve found this a place where you can get a glimpse into other automotive cultures – even those which seem stupid and irritate you – and found that, though you’d never do that sort of thing to or with your own vehicle, you can see how they care just as much about their machines as you do yours. I hope you’ve found something in common with these people and, all things considered, recognize them as gearheads like us.
YOU’VE CHANGED MY LIFE FOR THE BETTER
We all have our preferred platforms, places, and pursuits – our favorite makes/models, locations/regions, and vehicle uses. Me? I’m a Mitsubishi/DSM/rally guy with a closet interest in Volvos. That doesn’t mean I’m not interested in anything else. Far from it. I also want to learn how to fly, ride a motorcycle, and spend some time sailing around the world. I’d also like to go on walkabout, spending a couple weeks or more (preferably more) hiking like my friend Dan did last year.
You’re the same way. So many things you want to do, but there isn’t enough money (or time) to do it all. Turning wrenches is empowering. It’s a relatively attainable sense of accomplishment and control in a universe where, really, the only thing we can control is how we let things affect us. So we “play with cars.” The other gearheads we meet in the process share our trials, tribulations and triumphs. Each of is a spark igniting the pressurized mixture that is life. Doing this Gearbox Magazine thing? I’ve met so many sparks like this. It’s like being on fire.
I haven’t become firm friends with everyone I’ve met through this project, but more than a handful have become even more than friends. They’ve become family. Ingmar, Ralph, Bodo, and Tschippe in Germany. Darin, Cat and Andy in England. It’s not just people halfway around the planet who have personally escorted Vanessa and I through their local communities and events. All these gearheads telling
me us how they do the things they do have opened my eyes to all kinds of new ideas, many of which have made a difference in my life.
Free car parts, foreign market car parts I can’t buy locally (at least, not affordably), business contacts, professional references, the list goes on. Semi-consistently publishing all these stories here has gotten me free entry and/or special access at a number of race and motorsport events. And, oh the invitations. I was personally invited to the big reveal of the 311RS. Darin suggests I might get a ride in a WRC car (with a WRC driver) if I end up in England for Rally Day. Anukraman tells me if I just get my butt to India, he’ll get me on a motorcycle to ride across the country with the Jeypore Riders.
I WANT TO DO THE SAME FOR YOU
All this was supposed to be was an online magazine dedicated to showing off cool DSMs. It’s turned into my life’s work. It’s shown me being a gearhead matters, and that true success is defined by helping others achieve success for themselves. I’ve seen how being a gearhead matters. Now I want to explicitly show you. I’m writing a book and you’re in it. More details in Part 2, coming soon.