Are you ready for the return of Gearbox Magazine?
I am. Kinda. Okay, so I’m shitting bricks. I’m terrified.
Months of conversations with subscribers and supporters have lead us in a completely new direction. Instead of scrambling to find new stories we can share, we’ve built a short list of about a dozen gearheads who will be sharing monthly project updates with us.
They’re going to tell us what they’ve done, what they’re doing next, and what standing in the way. And YOU’RE going to help ME help THEM go over, under, around, or straight through those obstacles. For years, now, I’ve wanted to GBXM to have a purpose. Now it does.
The site is mostly ready. Everyone is onboard. And everyone’s been asked to start writing their introductions so I can start building author/project pages. So why am I terrified? Simple. This all relies on volunteers. It’s all built around my desire for GBXM to evolve beyond mere content channel into something more meaningful and useful to gearheads like us.
Why be more than a magazine?
If you’re like me, you want more out of life. You’ve turned a wrench or two, found a sense of identity and pride under the hood, and have a short list of gearhead buddies who have proven themselves to be family. You want to spend more time with your gearhead family. You want the expertise and self-sufficiency you have around cars extending to the rest of your life. You want to be more in control of your destiny.
I want Gearbox Magazine to be more helpful to gearheads who want more from life. So I’m taking on a more project management-oriented role. We’re going to be helping a limited number of gearheads get agile and stay productive. And we’ll be learning how to scale that assistance to any gearhead looking to level up in life.
To make this work, I needed at least four people to step up. I’m pleased to announce we have 11. There’s still room for one more, but I think we’ll limit things to 12 total. At least for a while. I can’t keep up with the sites churning out multiple posts every day–so I don’t. And I’m not about to ask you to do that, either. Quality over quantity, imo.
Can we get your advice?
I had a number of people ask me if we were interested in their already completed projects or one-off stories. Of course we are! We’re always interested in gearhead stories. But our mission for the next year is to help a select few volunteers get shit done. Which is where you come in.
Each month, I’ll be asking our contributors what they got done, what they’re working on next, and what challenges might be standing in their way. As their responses start coming in, I’ll be making notes of those challenges. And then I’ll be asking our email subscribers, Facebook friends, and LinkedIn connections for their advice on overcoming those challenges.
Suppose one of our Alpha Team contributors wants to improve the handling of his car, but all he can seem to find are bootleg, “white label” kits out of China with 10,000-pound springs or US$10,000 Ohlins systems. He thinks he might have to get something custom made, but has no idea where to begin. If you had inverted, 50mm Bilsteins made for your rally car and wanted to help us all learn where to begin, you’d get in touch and we’d start working on your story immediately.
It’s not just directly car-related challenges, either. Shit happens. And the Real World has a nasty habit of sidetracking us when we least expect it. What if you lost your job? What if the water main running under your yard sprung a leak? What if you end up refinancing your home and have to spend all kinds of time tracking down paperwork to make the underwriters happy?
Stuff like this can happen anytime. (It’s all happened to me, personally in the last two months!) We got where we are with our machines because our gearhead family was there for us when we had questions. Last time I looked, relatively few of us are professional mechanics, so that means there’s a lot of professional experience out there we could be tapping to help each other out.
I’ve asked this before, but it bears repeating. Wouldn’t you rather deal with a gearhead? I’ve already told Alpha Team we want to know about any and all obstacles that might be standing in their way each month. We’ve got infosec and computer hardware professionals in our audience. We’ve got plumbers, carpenters, electricians, and landscapers in our audience. We’ve got doctors, lawyers, teachers, and scientists in our audience. We’ve even got a rocket scientist in our audience. (Shit you not. We talked back and forth a couple years ago.)
In other words, you already know you can turn a showroom stock commuter car into a giant-crushing track weapon. I want to show you where else you can step in and make a difference in a fellow gearhead’s life. We’re going to be treating our contributors and parters like celebrities, but YOU will always be the HERO. Sound good?
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What kind of stories are we running in 2017?
I’m gonna let Alpha Team introduce them, but here’s a quick list of names and projects to get you thinking…
– Official Partner: 316 Motor Works – professional rally build & service
– Official Partner: Adventure Driven Designs – newly launched off-road fabrication company
– Jon’s building a CycleKart. He’ll probably be done in a couple months. Then what?
– Andrew’s getting a diesel BMW. What the hell can he do with it?
– Jesse’s building a Subaru Forrester rally car
– Bodo’s getting his vintage Mitsubishi Colt restored in Poland.
– Dee & Rob just got his & hers Triumphs. Shenanigans.
– Glenn is building a 10-second DSM–out of a 2GNT.
– Rob is restoring his dad’s old Datsun Z.
– Ryan assembling a pile of parts they told him was an XR4Ti.
– Andrew & Brad are finding their stride with a new podcast.
– (And there’s still room for one more! Contact me if you’re interested!)
We officially relaunch in January. Are you ready?
If you’re a next level gearhead, this is your magazine. Build it with us.