Early on as the feature editor for Custom Classic Trucks, my mentor, good friend, and boss Rich Boyd offered the following words of wisdom. He said, "Brian, the one constant in publishing is change." Having just transitioned from being a freelancer to a staffer at the time, I had no frame of reference. Now that I've enjoyed working at Primedia for over three years, I know exactly what Rich was telling me. Change has been the order of the day throughout my tenure at CCT. We've gone from being published six times a year, to nine, and finally to a monthly publication. We used to be part of the Truck Group. Now we're in the Rod and Restoration Group. We've had four art directors, two publishers, several advertising sales executives, and five managing editors and copy editors. When I started, we shot 35mm and medium format film. We now use digital cameras almost exclusively. With three separate office locations, we've moved our collective stuff four times. The changes recounted here don't even reflect all the high-level reorganizations within the chain of command. Sometimes the company seems more like a soap opera than a huge public enthusiast media publisher.

I'd like to think there's one other constant specific to Custom Classic Trucks: It's always improving. Our goal has been to feature the best custom classic trucks, regardless of vintage. To achieve this aim, we've covered the most noteworthy shows throughout the country. We've also made a big push to offer more timely and helpful tech articles, as evidenced with the '56 F-100 giveaway truck No Limit Engineering is building.

There are more changes for me that impact CCT. I've accepted the editor position for another Primedia magazine, Kit Car. Going from photographing and writing about hot rod trucks to vintage replica sportscars seems as though it would be vastly different. The one concept that will remain the same is the quest to find and feature the best in terms of tech, vehicles, and show coverage articles.

Though I know who'll be at the helm of Custom Classic Trucks, I refuse to spoil the suspense and tell you. In fact, you've already seen this person's work in the magazine. Rest assured, the goal is to cover the best in all areas: tech, feature stories, and shows will be consistent with the past. I'll also be finishing the '34 Ford roadster pickup Dad and I are building (with the help of many experts) and writing about it in CCT and Street Rodder.

Time has flown by. I have so many great memories of working with Rich on CCT. If I could go back in time and relive those days of shooting with The Sheriff (my nickname for Rich), I would. I owe a debt of gratitude to Rich for hiring me as a feature editor and teaching me a great deal about photography, writing, and hot rod haulers.

To the employees of other vintage truck publications, both within Primedia and outside the company, I've enjoyed our friendly competition. I hope to see you at upcoming events across the country. It will be refreshing being a comrade at arms and not having to compete with you for the best custom classic trucks.

Perhaps it's me getting older, but I'm already feeling nostalgic about the events I won't be able to attend anymore. The F-100 Supernationals, produced by Jan and Pat Ford of Pat Ford Promotions, particularly stands out because it's such a fun, family oriented event. Pat, Jan, Squire and everyone else involved, I'm honored to know you and to have had the opportunity to cover your show these past four years. Thank you for your gracious Southern hospitality.

Knowing my family and friends are with me on this move to Kit Car makes me certain I've made the right decision. That said, I hope you'll all check out Kit Car and see if you'd like to become a newsstand customer or subscriber.

As far as Custom Classic Trucks is concerned, it's in good hands. The magazine's former editors, Bob Carpenter and Rich Boyd, laid a strong foundation from which the incoming editor will be able to build upon.

Until next time, keep wrenchin' on and drivin' those custom classic trucks with your family and friends (and check out Kit Car-shameless plug intended). CCT