At the time of this writing, Team Mini Truckin' is applying the finishing touches on this, my first issue as editor. The past four weeks of getting things lined up and shot for this month's installment have been a chore, but with the help of our amazing freelance army, and some guidance from our managing editor Kevin, art director Chris, and web producer Monica, it has been the most exciting month of my three and a half years working in the print industry.

This month's cover truck is easily one of the coolest Tacomas we've seen. Every inch of this thing is insanely clean, so much so that we had to set up two photo shoots just to make sure we got the shots just right. Thanks to Brandon Burrell, just one of our dangerously talented hired guns, and the Taco's owner, Berry Trulove, for putting in the extra effort-I think we can all agree that it was time well spent.

Also this month, we've assembled a great assortment of minitrucks from across the nation, including another gem we unearthed while in Hawaii for Streetdreams Showdown, which you can find in the Construction Zone department. For our tech story this issue, we hit the road and visited Airbagit.com's Arizona facility, where we installed its complete front and rear bolt-on air kits on a '00 S-10. This truck is actually my humble daily driver. It's not much, but I've had it since my first year of college, and it will finally hit its 100K-mile mark in T-minus 735 miles. Even though it's average at best, my Dime has been by my side throughout the years, and is the main reason why I can honestly say that I am a fan of every feature-quality mini out there. I've always looked up to the guys building the best of the best, and still do to this very day.

Before I sign off, I'd like to take a second to thank everyone who took the time to wish me luck on this new journey, the entire Truckin' staff, and our dedicated freelance team (yes, Mike, that includes you) for their support-I couldn't do this without you guys. We have some exciting ideas that we are dying to transfer from our imaginations onto these pages, so stay tuned.

P.S., I won't subject you to photos of my ugly mug every month... well, unless I get enough fan mail asking for them, but I doubt heavily that will ever happen.

Questions? Comments? Constructive criticism? Send it all to john.mata@sorc.com.