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Issue 03.01 is available now on Amazon!
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03.01: Under the Hood
2015 began strong! First, with Deanna’s account of the first drive of the year. Six months later, I still recall the panicked text messages concerned it wouldn’t happen. Not long after that, we crowdfunded a couple thousand bucks to buy a Suburban for a homeless vet. Kai Wandersee told us how he and his team organize Elbetreffen, the largest Mitsubishi meet in central Europe every year.
We went a little Miata-crazy this issue, too. Not only is a brand new, 2015 MX-5 on the cover, we also had some inspired conversations with Robert Fuge and Martin Sarukhanyan. Robert started his own aerodynamics engineering company – Humming Aero – and Martin owns Project Lazarus – a crowd funded race car built with used parts.
Car Part Kings joined the team as an Official GBXM Partner – meaning they’re helping us grow our dream – and we got to know how co-founder Michael Dash decided to dive head first into the deep end of the online automotive retail pool. How is building a project vehicle like building a multi-million dollar online parts business? Exactly.
Tony Martin, old school gearhead, broke out the photo albums, scanned some pictures, and told us about some of the machines he still kicks himself over selling decades back, but also how he keeps his current hot rod builds cheap and attainable. You’ll find no garage queens in this one. Tony drives his vehicles rain or shine. Good guy with a great attitude.
Deanna ran a brand new, Kia EV out of juice in the middle of nowhere, Washington, I bought a $500 suit for a wedding already in divorce proceedings, my failed rally car dream left on a flatbed trailer, we shared 10 gearhead skills employers want in 2015, and more. It’s been a busy first half of the year.
The Backstory on 03.01
The target for issue 03.01 was mid-April, assuming a 2-week build and ship window for our first ever quarterly issue on Amazon. And yet, here we are, nearly halfway through June – nearly halfway through 2015 – and I’m only today enjoying the privilege of sharing my partner, Deanna Isaac’s, hard work.
Over the course of a couple weeks, Deanna built this new issue from scratch to meet Amazon’s Create Space specifications. Then she went back and copy edited to be more professionally aligned with the formidable AP Style. (I’m a loose cannon in this regard.) She had the whole thing built, again – from scratch – before the end of May.
I uploaded the files, waited a weekend for approval from Amazon, and realized I’d told Deanna the wrong page count, so all our pages were off by one. Two days later, after my daughter went to bed, I fired up InDesign and edited the files (there’s two – cover and interior), only to screw up and click the submit button on Amazon before actually uploading the new files, forcing another 24 hour wait.
Finally, nearly a week later, I got the right files uploaded, Amazon accepted, and we’re on Amazon for the first time ever. And not a minute too soon. 03.02, assuming we can meet our target deadlines, is barely 8 weeks away!
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