GBXM 1.04 is running about a week behind schedule due to my being out in the California high desert for High Desert Trails rally the weekend I’d ordinarily build out the issue. Since we only have the one desktop computer in the house these days, and Vanessa uses it for work everyday and to process wedding pictures, I’m just piecing stories together as I get some seat time. The big crunch will come this weekend.
WORKING AHEAD: 1.05
In the meantime, I’ve got to get irons in the fire for 1.05! Since “Year of the Snake” seems to have crawled under a rock, I’ve recently been thinking about what I want GBXM|united to DO for automotive enthusiasts.
As hard as it is to find and produce the stories you read here, I want to make things even harder on myself! I want to showcase more stories of people who exemplify the mindset we’re trying to promote. Allow me to paint you a couple pictures…
- You go to a meet. At this meet, there’s this guy with one of the cleanest [blank]s you’ve ever seen. He’s only been playing with this particular vehicle about a year, but it’s pretty much perfect. You get to talking to him and he mentions owning his own business.
- Think about that guy with the performance/tuning shop. His car is all decked out, makes crazy insane power, and looks like a million bucks. He’s always posting pictures of the cool shit he does through the week, and the time he spends racing on the weekend.
- And let’s not forget the guy on your forum who makes a living taking pictures of rare and exotic cars. He doesn’t post all the time, but when he does, you know you have to check it out. He’s riding spending time with legendary machines while you’re doing something less meaningful.
Admittedly, we’re all a little jealous of these guys. We see the rewards, but we don’t always see the sacrifice and hard work that got them there. I want to share the stories of those sacrifices. Figure we can learn a thing or two from our successful gearhead brothers and sisters living the dream. GBXM|united is all about how the skills we gain building high performance machines can also help us build high performance lives.
Since yesterday, I’ve done the following for the magazine:
- followed up with David Buschur re: DSM/EVO Shootout interview
- had a really good discussion on G+ about walking away from rally (see yesterday’s post)
- posted up on galantvr4.org looking for tips and ledes on exceptional gearheads to interview
- contacted Cameron Dawes of CamTuning in New Mexico. He’s got an 800whp wagon
- reached out to Ernie (below) and Jax on DSMpurity to get some clean DSMs cooking
- messaged Boost Inc. on Facebook about the shop and “Vader,” a 9-second WRX STi
- registered on ratsun.net so I could PM a guy named Bob who does cool shit
- asked a guy on galantvr4.org to run down an Evo owner on EvoM for me
- looked into finding a guy with a 10-second Nissan Sentra
- was told about someone with a recently-boosted VR6
- discovered the Tabor Rally website is dead :(
TONIGHT “AP TIME”
Tonight, after Penny goes to bed, I’m going to step out into the garage and spend half an hour cleaning up my tools. Tomorrow night, I’m hopefully going to the shop to clean up and sort a metric ton of DSM/Galant parts for keep/sale/trash. Then I’m going to finish cleaning up my tools Thursday night. This weekend, I’m going to crank out the next issue of Gearbox Magazine.
The beat goes on.