Part 2 in a series.
One of my fondest memories from the first 4+ years running this magazine was the interview I had with Vahid Ghaffari, a fellow Mitsubishi Galant VR4 owner in Iran. I’ve not spoken with him since (the email address I had no longer works), but you might imagine how one’s world perspective changes when one can temper all the fear-mongering news reports about Iran with knowledge there’s at least one group of gearheads like us over there with whom we would be friends.
No matter where we live, there are people in power who think they represent everyone. If we, here in America, don’t want the rest of the world to judge us based on what they hear about our do nothing Congress full of anti-science, corporate shills, it stands to reason there are plenty of people in places like Iran who aren’t represented by their anti-science, power-mongering, corporate shills. It’s nice to know being a gearhead is powerful enough to erase geopolitical lines.
As I mentioned in Part 1, I’m writing a book, and you’re in it. This is the big what-it-means (and-can-mean) to be a gearhead in a modern, connected world project. I’m going to get into how being a gearhead provides a wide array of personal and professional resources for success you might miss if you see it as “just playing with cars.”. And I’m going to write this book while I continue publishing this magazine.
WHEN AM I GOING TO HAVE TIME FOR THIS?
Good question. I’m not entirely sure. I’ve had a rough outline sketched out for a couple years now, but little else beyond a working title. Right now, I’m thinking I’ll call it: Institutionalized: Why You Want More Than a Pepsi (And How Being a Gearhead Can Give It to You). High level, it’s going to start with a look at why we’re gearheads (and why that matters), before getting into details of how we can use our automotive interests and skills as guides and tools to make building high performance lives as easy to understand as building high performance machines.
I’m going pull from interviews on GBXM and seek out common themes among the most successful people and the most meaningful stories. What do we all have in common? What are we doing right now which serves as a foundation for the pursuit of our dreams?
I’m going to share my own path to enlightenment; to give you a more detailed look into my own life and some of the shitty things that have happened to me. From getting written up by petty bosses at shitty jobs for spending time on car forums, to recent, incredibly rewarding jobs finding me when I wasn’t looking, to knowing I could apply for a dream job with an OEM or race team today if I didn’t think it would mean GBXM (my life’s work) would suffer. I’m going to tell you how I figured out next steps and what those next steps were.
It’s not going to be a road map so much as a collection of examples of what the journey can look like, tying personal anecdotes to lessons learned and reflections of conversations with hundreds of gearheads all over the world. We’re going to explore why we’re gearheads, why that means something, and how we can tie automotive experiences like using forums, modifying vehicles, going to meets, and racing – you know, stuff The Man would write us up or fire us over – to leaving The Man in our dust.
MASTERFUL DOVETAILING, OR THE ART OF HOPES & DREAMS
There’s so much we want to do with our lives. We’ve got to figure out how to bring our actions more into alignment with those objectives. Something tells me you understand. Look for some of these themes to come up in future interviews and articles on this site. Dovetailing, I’m also going to be writing the book here first, so if you’re subscribed, you can read it as it’s written. You’ve already read some it!