This month's lucky winner bagged himself a set of Drift wheels from R-1 Racing. (www.automotoringgroup.com)
Letter of the Month
Throne room reading
Like every beginning of the month, I sit on my toilet droppin' the ever-stank deuce reading the previous month's Super Street, thinking to myself: 1. Damn, this poopie is stank, and 2. Damn! where the hell is my new issue of Super Street?! I mean, I pretty much read an entire issue in three days, so that means by the time the end of the month comes, I've read the issue 900 times, if you're using my version of fuzzy math.
So this past week I was sitting atop the aforementioned toilet, droppin' the aforementioned deuce, eventually wiping my ass with Jonny's deuce-like humungo mug, and I thought, what else can Super Street do? I mean, you guys have changed the design many times-I even remember Roel's ugly mug posted everywhere, sometimes in drag (BTW, WTF was up with that?). The content was great, but I thought you guys had plateaued. Then voila! A new redesign, mirroring some of the UK car magazines I usually wax the bishop to (naked ladies rock!). I must say I was surprised and pleased. I didn't think you guys could go any better, but you did.Bravo, bitches!
Via the Internet
Thank you for the warm, yet poopie-oriented compliments. It's our favorite kind. Right after pee pee-themed praises. Like Virgil, write in and let us know what you think about the latest redesign. Does it suck like a Sunset whore? Or is it dope like a balloon-filled mule. Let us know. It's not like we know what we're doing over here.
Priceless Is Right
Well, it finally happened. I've decided to write a letter to Super Street. Because I'm such a procrastinator I actually intended to do so when I first started reading this hot-chick-and-crazy-car-filled treat of a magazine way back in the day. As soon as I thought your mag couldn't get any better, you turn around and throw in a fresh redesign (which absolutely looks the tits, by the way!) and filled it with even more hot import girls and cool info on the illest rides and the gotta-have-it-but-can't-afford-it parts.
It's a shame Primedia doesn't pay you what you're worth 'cause this mag is priceless to me. From the funny captions, to the even funnier but conclusive writings on feature cars, to Rikdaddy's love of bad drivers, saying that I look forward to your magazine every month is an understatement. You guys managed to keep my import heart pumping even after my Mk3 Supra died on me.
Funny, according to our paychecks Primedia believes we're priceless, too.
What A Drag
While reading your very short and to the point article about the NHRA Sport Compact World Finals I noticed a couple of things. First of all, you only focused on the big dogs. Second, I noticed that you neglected to mention the horrible and unfair treatment that was administered to the bracket racers.
Let me enlighten you a bit. Any bracket racer who arrived after 8:30 a.m. was granted the gift of sitting in a large, hot, asphalt parking lot all day waiting for their class to be called, which never happened. Instead, the organizers decided it would be a great idea to take the $65 fee from the bracket racers and laugh in their faces as only the big dogs were granted the opportunity to challenge the 1320.
The following day, bracket racers were given a total of one run that they would have to use to "average" out their times before eliminations began. So in other words, the little people who make this sport what it is today equate to nothing in the eyes of the organizers. This isn't the first time a situation such as this has occurred and I refuse to stuff any more of my hard earned money into the deep pockets of the NHRA officials unless a major change is made.
Via the Internet
Bracket racing? Isn't that a pansy sport for automatics? Just kidding. We think. On a serious note however, thanks for forwarding us your complaints about an entirely different organization. It's refreshing to have a reader bash someone else for a change.
I have to say that for primates with opposable thumbs, you guys do a bang-up job with your magazine. I've been following from issue to issue whenever I have the fortune to drop by the local bookstore and needless to say, I fall into a small category of automotive enthusiasts where it doesn't matter the type of car you drive. My grandfather introduced me to the thrill of performance driving when I went for a whirl in his old '70 Pontiac GTO and since then I've had a desire to enter into the field of automotive performance.
I'm currently working for a BS in mechanical engineering and I'd love to make some contacts to help me follow my dream of working for an aftermarket company. My praise to your magazine aside, would you happen to have any advice for a student whose dreams include well-tuned Time Attack beasts, twin turbos, adjustable suspension and enough horsepower and torque to satisfy the cravings of hundreds of fresh (as well as safe) drivers? I'd absolutely love to find an internship with a performance shop and I figured I'd ask the Kings of the Hill since you guys deal with the engineers responsible for turning a grocery-getter into a street-bruiser. I hope you can find some time for a reply between grooming each other and drooling over the latest model of the month.
San Francisco, CA
If you're willing to work for cheap (i.e., free), have a strong back and are good with a plow, send us your resum. Opposable thumbs not necessary
Military Mail Of The Month
First off, mad props on a kickass magazine. I'm currently deployed in Afghanistan (aka Afrajalistick-expealladoshis) and my wife just sent me your December '06 issue. One article that stood out was the East vs West HIN coverage. Now that's what I call beef (without the chin checks and swollen eyes). Your article shows what simple wrench time can do to bring a once feuding urban nation together, while still allowing for a little friendly competition to take place. As a native of So Cal I was pleased to see my boys reppin' hard. But I was more impressed. With the superb coverage your mag provided, showing the best of both worlds. While my troops and I chill out over here, it's good to know that a team like yours is still on the front lines of the automotive industry. Job well done, soldiers.
Afrajalistickexpealladoshis, Middle East
Soldier? We like to think of working for an oppressive regime that sucks the very life-blood out of you as a hellish penance for sins in a previous life but, hey, soldier works. Plus it makes us sound like badasses.
Back To The Motel
I'm reading your February issue and Ricky is bitching about the crappy hotels Primedia puts him in. Bro, from the looks of things, you are trippin'! If the Marriott in the friggin' Cayman is not good enough for you, then you are, at best, ungrateful. Sheraton ain't too bad, either. Try staying at a Super 8 or Days Inn. I like the magazine, hell, I even like Ricky's article, but this is where I draw the line. I feel better. Thanks for reading it, even if you are an 8 year-old kid sifting through emails.
Via the Internet
First of all, I, Carter, the esteemed Super Street colleague with the privilege of sifting through emails may look young but am far from being eight-unless 30 is the new eight. Second, Primedia didn't pay for Ricky's stay at those hotels. Why else would we have our Time Attack mandatory Limited Class meet-point at the classy, no-shampoo providing Motel 6 in Buttonwillow?
I've been reading Super Street for some time now and I really like this new layout. It's quite busy, but it's so much better. The guest editor, Top 10 and all that stuff is really cool. The articles are laid out better and you have an equal amount of coverage not only on the features but also on the events. I see that you cut the editorials down and I'm not going to say it's better or not, but Ricky did a good job in his 300 words.
I do wish, however, you'd bring back Crew Corner and maybe the scavenger hunt ya'll used to have back in the days. I love the tech articles, even though they don't really explain the procedure at times, but it's the potty humor and obscure references that keeps it interesting and fun to read (I'm always paying attention in case ya'll try to pull a fast one on me). Also, bring back some oldies (Nissan Sunnys, Sentras; Toyota Coronas, Starlets and Celica-Supras; Mitsubishi Starions, VR4 and VR6s).
I hope my team and I will be a future Crew Corner feature. I drive a Sentra SE-L and just got myself a '72 Datsun 510, and I have a long way to go-short on money with a long list of parts. But keep doing what you do. If I have the chance, I'll send you some Flamin' Hot Cheetos (no red meat for Ricky and Yamz) and Juicy Juice, as our binges usually end up making us late for work the next day.
Oscar E Bacca
Via the Internet
After the "Exploding Cheetos Incident" with Nadsy in the men's bathroom, all incoming packages are now scanned and confiscated of any Frito-Lay product.
I am lost and I need your help! On page 74 in the Feb '07 Issue of Super Street the caption reads "Blinged out Benz" on a SEMA car. What material is that Benz painted with? I would release the idea I have but then somebody else would steal it. I like to be unique, one of a kind, so to speak. Don't you?
Via the Internet
It's not paint, but rather crystals-Swarovski crystals, to boot. Now, you other readers purge that from your memory. We wouldn't want you to steal Mr. Cole's idea.
First of all I just wanted to let you guys know that you're awesome! Here's the thing, I'm a 25 year-old female-yes we do read the magazine-and I went out and bought the Jan '07 issue (so exciting). So I get home and open it up and pull out the calendar (which I wanted to hang on my wall) and was disappointed-no cars! And the girls weren't anything special (sorry, girls). It's crazy that a car magazine won't even show pictures of cars. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that it's not all guys that enjoy reading your magazine and I thought someone had to speak up for all of us girls.
Well, in our defense the calendar was free-ninety-nine and at least we managed to throw in some Maxxis tires. Also, if you think the models we features aren't anything special, send your pics in to models@superstreetonline. We're always on the lookout for specials
Hey you lazy jerks! What's up? All I know is I have written you bums a ton and never get a response from you wheat crackers! Do you have a problem with us East Coast white guys? But hey, I think I like it. It's kind of like getting in bed with a girl, but she keeps making you wait to build up anticipation. Don't think I don't know what you guys are trying to do! I love you guys-in a very heterosexual way. Hook me up with some free stuff for my Del Sol. If you do I got the hook up at McDonalds and you guys might find some gift cards headed your ways. Shhhhh.
Mount Olive, NC
We're all about teasing, in fact, our favorite game is something we like to call, "Just the Tip." Oh, and feel free to send us some McDonalds gift cards. Who knows, you might just end up receiving a signed copy of the '05 Buyer's Guide.
I am planning to purchase my first car soon. Sadly, in August of 2006, my father sold his underestimated '89 Honda CRX, my free "Plan A" car, and bought a dinky new Scion xA which looks like a Salsa Red Pearl mouse that always has a dimpled smile. Therefore, I am going to "Plan B" and buying a '89-94 Nissan 240SX fastback. Since I am going to be working on minimum wage, I was wondering if you guys could help me spend my money wisely on the car. I just want a kickass car to drive before my high school years are over. So please help me on how to make a budget drift/daily driving/clean show car/Mustang muncher.
First of all, xAs aren't that bad. True, they do look a li'l happy, but the stock D16 motor out of a Si CRX makes about as much as the xA. That said, with "Plan B" and the minimum wage factor, you'll need to figure out which of the four goals are most important to you and build the car accordingly. If it were up to us it'd be munching. After carpet, Mustang munching's a close second.
Isn't it ironic that March's letter writer of the month rants and raves about how he is JDM and puts down Pep Boys parts, yet his prize is a Spectre intake! As a store manager for Pep Boys, last I heard Spectre is a brand we carry! I wonder if he'll use the part.
El Paso, TX
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