1.07 BEGINS WITH A VIPER GTS | It was Build Day for issue 1.06 and I woke up to half a dozen emails from someone I didn’t recognize, all with “Viper” in the subject line. Justin Mohney of Detective Coating asked Josh Renzo, said Viper owner and one of his customers, to pass along pictures of his work for his interview in issue 1.06. Josh happily obliged.
I thanked him, also explained my trouble with “Year of the Snake,” and asked if he’d be up for an interview in the next issue. His response? “Sure. What do you need from me?”
I’m excited to announce that, not only did he come through in a pinch with pictures we could use in Justin’s story, he was on top of the questions like a boss. Barely four days after 1.06 dropped,the first story is ready for 1.07.
EVOLUTION OF PROCESS IN FULL EFFECT
I’m also excited to announce this story is 100% ready for Build Day – including ready to go in InDesign. It’s fully drafted, from lede to closing thought, and it’s 3,200 words of exactly what I mean when I keep saying “high performance machines & lives.” This is how it’s supposed to work.
At 27, Josh isn’t your typical Dodge Viper GTS owner. That might sound like a stereotype, but if it weren’t true, we wouldn’t be hearing about Millennials having no interest in cars, lining up for the latest Apple sweatshop bauble, and living at home with their parents, all to the chagrin of Generation X.
For all the Gen Y Millennials I know, I can’t think of any with rough and tumble V10 supercars in their garages. And I damn sure can’t think of any with said V10 supercars parked next to 800whp Trans Ams, parked next to big block C5 Vettes, parked next to SRT10 Rams recently traded for 1000wtq Cummins power, daily driving modified EcoBoost F150s turning low 13s in the quarter-mile with 900lbs of tools in the back. Josh is the exception to the rule.
WHY THIS STORY IS EXCEPTIONAL
For years, I’ve been saying Gearbox Magazine is all about “building high performance machines & lives.” The idea is simple: apply skills mastered through playing with cars to new challenges in order to see performance improvements in other areas of our lives. Josh’s story is a perfect example of this concept and he goes into it in pretty good detail.
WHAT WE TALK ABOUT
- Viper modifications
- the soul of the Viper
- why he would have two such monsters as he does & which came first
- how he plans to mitigate doubling the Viper’s horsepower
- tips & anecdotes on flipping project cars on Craigslist
- does it get easier or harder (or stay the same) once you get the supercar
- why he feels the way he does about his answer to that one
- the most important trait a gearhead can possess
IT’S LIKE MARSELLUS WALLACE SAID
“That’s just pride fuckin’ wit’ you.” If you immediately write this one off as being just another article where some trust fund douchebag is going to talk about how important he is because he has a Viper and you don’t, check yourself before you wreck yourself.
Josh is the real deal. When the going gets tough and you feel like you just can’t keep going, this is a story you can remember that will keep you focused on the task at hand.
Don’t be like everyone else.
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