Well guys, it's been an awesome ride! These last eight years have been some of the best of my life, and getting to turn a passion into a career is insanely rewarding.
At the same time, it's been quite the challenge with our dwindled staff and limited resources, but doing the best we can with what we have is what Mini Truckin' is all about!
This isn't goodbye, as I will still be around helping and shooting for the mag, but I've been fortunate enough to have the chance to take a step up and still be involved in the industry. I've been given the opportunity to better my career, my family, and the air suspension community as a whole.
Of course, I couldn't just leave the magazine and the readers that I love stranded, so we worked hard to find an editor who will take the same stake and passion for the magazine as I have. Please join me in welcoming John Mata Jr. to the magazine as editor in chief. Give him the same love and support as you have for me, and I promise the magazine is in good hands. Combined with the passion and talent of our minitrucker art director, Chris Pasley, these two will be working overtime to make 2011 the best year Mini Truckin' has ever seen. And like I said, I'm still here as supporting cast to help out and contribute where I can.
It would take this entire magazine to thank each and every one of the people who've helped both me and the magazine get to where we are today. From all of the amazing freelancers and support staff that have helped me carry out the daunting task of putting out this magazine every four weeks, to all of my minitrucker family that always had a warm bed and a cold beer ready. There have been so many people that have made such a difference in my life, this community, and minitruckin' as a whole, and I'm proud to call each and every one of them my friends. Builders, freelancers, truck owners, show promoters, and just minitruckers in general have proven, time and time again, to be genuine and caring, just like a family should be. We've stuck together through good times and bad, and I want you to do the same for our new blood coming to the table with fresh ideas, enthusiasm, and eagerness to put out the best magazine on the shelves. So from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everybody who has been there for me and this book and everyone who will continue fighting the good fight.
In closing I'd like to please ask everyone to open your minds and treat each other with respect, shows with respect, and ALL custom vehicles with respect. Not everything is going to be to your particular taste, and just like Maxim or any other magazine on the shelves, we cater to a wide audience and try and bring something for all of you. Not all of it is always going to be the most hardcore or the baddest trucks, and not all of it is going to be something YOU like, but somewhere out there someone likes it so keep that in mind before you go online and attack a truck, owner, show, or magazine. We all do this for the same love of the custom world, and other custom genres do have the respect that we are trying to achieve. So the more we can broaden our horizons and open our minds to the rest of the custom world, the sooner minitruckers will get that same respect reciprocated.
All in all it was a great run, and I'm glad I was a part of contributing positively to so many people! And like I said, you'll still see me around-customs are in my blood and I'll be doing this until me and Ernie are old and gray and STILL talking crap to each other about why Mitsus aren't as cool as Toyotas and how even after 60 years I still haven't finished a project... but until then, I'll keep "draggin' thru" and I hope you will too!