Well, we're a month into the new year and all us here at CCT hope it's found you, our loyal readers, in good health, spirits, and ready to kick off the 2010 truck season. And while the new year will no doubt bring with it many new things, the first you'll probably notice is the change at the helm here at your favorite truck book.
John Gilbert, the previous editor of CCT, has gone on to greener pastures and a semi-retired existence, handing over the reins to yours truly. Some of you more astute readers will hopefully recognize my name as I've been contributing to CCT for about a year now, supplementing my tenure over at Street Rodder magazine.
A hot rodder, truck guy, and all-around car enthusiast, I imagine that a bit of an introduction is in order.
I came over to the magazine world leaving a background working as a machinist in the shop over at Mooneyes where I worked with two of the last living hot rod legends, Bill Jenks and Fred Larsen. Their stories, teachings, and insight gave me the inspiration to carry the torch so to speak. From there I landed at Street Rodder magazine, first as associate editor and then as feature editor, doing everything from show coverage to writing and shooting features and tech stories, with the latter being my forte. I managed to keep myself employed there for the past five years bringing us to the present day where I've found myself at the helm of CCT. Joining me is longtime Rod & Custom staffer Tim Bernsau as well as Street Rodder's own Ron Ceridono whom together bring to the table more than fif ... well I won't embarrass them but let's just say their tenure is very respectable. Longtime readers will recognize the names Gray Baskerville and Tex Smith, both of whom Tim and Ron have worked under and will no doubt earn themselves the same place in history as those two in due time, if they haven't already.
But on to the nuts and bolts of the magazine. John did a hell of a job keeping our book true to what you guys are doing and I plan to do the same. If there's a trend in the classic truck hobby, we're going to be there to cover it. From later-model C10s to early F-1s, we're going to do our best to cover what's going on out in the truck world and bring you the latest and greatest as well as the old-time tech us old-school guys love.
I don't plan on making many changes because frankly, if it ain't broke, why fix it?!
That said, it's impossible for me to not make my mark. Being born in the nearly cutoff year of ours that is 1979, I'm a youngin' when it comes to the old truck make. But that brings about another round of arguments about those involved in the custom and classic truck market. Many of us are youngsters and while those old timers may not like what we bring to the table, many of us are about keeping that old fire lit as much as we are about the new trends.
Introduced to hot rods and classic trucks when I was just a young guy and dad fired up his '40 Ford in the garage with open headers and flipped me out of my toddler bed, it's something that's stuck with me all these years. And those years of cruising around in his '53 F-100 must've set something up in that young mind because 20 years later I've found myself with a '52 F-1 equipped with an early Hemi and that early morning blast of open-header music never sounded so good!
So stay tuned, it's gonna be a fun ride!