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VW busses and pickups fall into a weird abyss category when trying to classify them as either full or midsize vehicles. They definitely have been popping up at shows more it seems, and when they're lying on asphalt, they do have an undeniable minitruck attitude.
Take the double-cab pickup here in Eric Brockmeyer's killer rendering. He chopped the roof and decided to go with a mid-engine design to allow for fat rear tires. And just check out those safari windows! This thing is a beast, plain and simple, and if anyone ever asked if we'd feature a slammed, kickass VW like this, only one answer comes to mind: hell yes!
Now, a little about the artist. Brockmeyer graduated from the Industrial Design program at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and later landed a design gig at Sea Ray Boats, but after four years of that, he decided to take a chance, resign from his position, and start up a home studio where he could create works that involved his true passion: four-wheeled customs. Since then, he has moved up in the ranks and has worked on a couple high-profile projects, including designs that were built on Boyd Coddington's American Hot Rod show on the Discovery Channel. Yep, this man has skills.
"Found this at a local junkyard. Not sure if y'all printed them or where it came from. Just thought it was a cool shot. Keep on minitruckin'!"
Thanks for sending this awesome shot. Yes, we did have those printed a long time ago, and we actually have a few lying around. Sorry, they aren't for sale though. Interestingly enough, we also noticed a classic Truckin' sticker and a sticker that looks to read "No Jehovahs" off in the distance of this photo. Whoever owned this truck last had great taste in magazines as well as a firm set of religious beliefs.
I have three loves in my life: my wife, my daughter, and minitruckin', but not just the magazine. I look to the people who are a product of the scene. I feel that this scene has a way of changing a person and how they treat others and themselves. I find working on my truck is a way of dealing with stress because I don't think of anything bad. I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday and the topic of clubs came up, and we talked about how cool all these clubs are in the scene and that it's more of a family structure than anything. It's nice to be involved with something that doesn't bash others or their interests, which honestly is hard to find in a hobby.
As far as the mag, I love the great paper stock and my hat goes off to the guys writing the amazing articles and the photographers who take amazing shots. It's unbelievable what you can learn from photos if you take the time to study them. I could go on and on with the good that comes from your magazine. Thank you for your magazine, your hard work, and for keeping it drama free.
Thanks for your kind words. Positive feedback like this is what fuels our passion to put out the best possible product we can every month. And what you said about people involved in our scene treating each other with respect is a good point. We are all in this together, and nobody else out there can help us maintain and evolve but us. Nobody else will fight our fight, so let's stick together and take minitruckin' into the year 3000.
"Just wanted to start off by saying that I've been a loyal reader for over 18 years at least and that each month the mag keeps getting better. Here is a tattoo I got of a Mazdawg y'all have had several times in the mag that Charles "The Kid" Armstrong painted. Hope you can use it; keep up the killer work."