Believe it or not, this truck will be finished soon. STK TRUK is no longer as I decided to go all out, so now it should be called something like WAS STK.
Like most of our readers, I too hate it when a project is born and an idea hits paper and it never comes to see the light of day. Of course, Project STK TRUK was technically sort of done. I mean, it was called stock truck; it was supposed to look stock. But even though I love that look I couldn't just leave it like that. I mean, why would I? Sure, I love the "stock look" that is all the craze right now because it's easy and inexpensive, but in the end can anybody deny that a cut-up and well-flowing customized truck doesn't look that much better?
So what was I to do? Design a rendering and release it only to never finish it? No way! Now let me clear the air on this subject. Having lived in this business for a few years, I can tell you that it's not easy finishing a ride while working at the mag full-time. It's actually fairly impossible as the magazine consumes ALL of your time, so when you see editors at shows don't give them so much hell about this project and that project that never got finished. I would like to sit here and say that I am not like other editors and that I actually finish rides. But if you've been following my column for a while, then you might remember the Raider project that I never even started. Possibly the most copied paintjob out there, and it's flattering but that truck never saw the hands of a fabricator within an inch of its body. But that's a whole other subject. Back to the scenario at hand: the Mighty Max dubbed STK TRUK.
Once I decided I was going to build it up all the way, I started by calling in some friends and collecting on a few favors. First on my list was Nick over at Surface. I told him I needed a truck design that was both modern and slick. I gave him some color ideas I had and as always let him go to town. He works fast, and before I knew it I had a look and feel that I was proud of. My buds and I had already thrown out a few ideas for truck names and we've narrowed it down to a few. But since I love to interact with the readers, I thought I would ask you guys to pitch in and tell me what you think. So here's your challenge for this month: Rename project STK TRUK. Whoever comes up with the coolest name, I'll give full credit to you in the magazine and on the buildup of the truck. To submit your entry to rename STK TRUK, send your ideas to email@example.com. I look forward to hearing your ideas and thoughts. Look for more on this build in upcoming issues.
By the way, you guys have been awesome about writing into the Mind of Macias every month-thank you. I'm sorry if I don't respond to all the emails, but they're great. Keep them coming.