Another issue of Gearbox Magazine has shipped and I’m very excited. Partly because it’s done and I can get back to sleeping more than 5 hours a night. Partly because each issue has been better than the last – and this one was really damn good.
Not only are we four years old this month, we’ve got four staffers in three countries contributing to every issue, now, plus a couple others contributing as their time permits. Many hands make light work, meaning each of us can focus on quality improvements without negatively impacting the quantity of stories in future issues.
HERE’S WHAT YOU MISSED IN ISSUE 1.09
If you aren’t a subscriber yet, here’s a quick look at the stories in the latest issue. Hopefully you think it’s worth US$1.25.
We had a hard time picking the cover this month. In the end, Nabil Hanke’s electric Bradley GT won out. We’ll be running an abridged version of the conversation between he and GBXM resident EV gearhead, Dave Hymers, here before too long, but one the reasons for picking the silent, yellow machine was simple enough – EVs and gearheads are not mutually exclusive. Nabil really sheds light on why more and more people are building their own EVs.
Dave Hymers is a semi-retired member of the team from Tucson. Deanna Isaacs, on the other hand, is a newer partner from the Seattle area. Last month, she got up to Canada to get her rally fix at Pacific Forest Rally. Out on the stages and in the trenches, Deanna brings us a good look at some of the things rallyistas think about during competition.
SPECIAL FEATURE: SIERRA CARNAGE EDITION
I’ve been talking with regular contributor (partner if he wants it, he’s earned it at this point) Adam Campbell for months about doing a special edition around the AZ Crawlers bi-annual Sierra Carnage trip. Though Nabil’s story won out for the cover (and it’s hard to beat epic rally car footage), I wanted to give a sense of epicness to Adam’s trip diary. The result? 20 pages of pictures from two of America’s most respected 4WD trails – the Rubicon and Dusy Ershim.
After a week on the road (or off, rather) with the AZ Crawlers, we get back to Brian McCann, who’s turbocharged Nissan 350Z is a dazzling urbanite by comparison. One of my sincerest hopes is that GBXM readers will set their biases aside and consider new ideas. That’s exactly what I did in getting to know a bit about why Brian has a 650whp show car which he never actually races. And just like that, a door is opened to a new gearhead sub-culture.
And then we come to Craig Sanderson, who was interviewed by another new member of the team – Alex Waller. Alex drives a brand new Dacia Sandero. (Seriously.) Craig works five jobs and drives an R34 Nissan Skyline GT-T. How does anyone work 5 jobs? Exactly.
From there, we have a 2-page PaddockScene events calendar, an interview with WRC Bad Boy, Peter Dunn, who was fined by the stewards at WRC Australia TWICE, and Jordan Robinson introduces us to his latest project – a boxy, roxy, Toyota Cressida wagon.
IT’S GOOD TIMES!
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