It’s Monday, and some of us have a fresh scratches on our arms, busted knuckles, and maybe a little grime under our fingernails. These are our battle scars, signs of a weekend spent doing something important, something most of the people at work or school will never understand. There was work to be done, we did it ourselves, and we have the marks to prove it.
Why we do it ourselves.
For some, it’s a matter of necessity (if I had to pay someone every time that thing broke down, I’d be living in it), but each of us has reasons for turning our own wrenches, and those precious few days we have off work each week represent the perfect time to get things done.
Some people just don’t get it.
They probably spent their weekends farting back and forth between malls and restaurants in their boring, vacuous automotive appliances, content to make their monthly payments and leave the maintenance to the lowest bidder. When things break down (usually a couple months after the check engine light first comes on), they are on their own.
We do this together.
While we’re perfectly fine working solo, it’s always good to get the gang organized and tackle a big project together. Many hands make light work, after all. Think back to the last time you and your friends got together to turn those wrenches, anyone pull out their phone and take pictures? Well that’s what we’re after this week.
I am Gearbox Magazine.
You are too. So today, I’d like to start sharing more of your stories. The next time you and your buddies are working on your rides and that photo opp comes up – they always do – when the phone comes out to snap that picture, send us a copy: email@example.com. Tell us who’s there, what you’re working on, and where you’re from (city, forum, your call), and we’ll run the story right here on the front page within a day or two. Bonus points if you all pose around that engine on the hoist like you caught it fishing.
We’ll be back with a fresh interview next week, but we thought this would be a fun way to get you and your friends into the magazine too. You’re out there turning your own wrenches. You’re going fast with class and pressing on regardless. You’re doing it yourself (or doing what you can). That’s what being a gearhead is all about. Now the only question is, who will be the first?