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Power Personified

John C. Naderi
Jul 25, 2007
130_0707_01_z+editors_letter+john_naderi Photo 1/1   |   Super Street is but an oil stain on Robert E. Petersen's pantheon of automotive accomplishments.

These are exciting times here at Super Street HQ-what I like to call my desk downstairs on Storage Level B. Howard "Lumbergh" Lim had to move me because we had some new people coming in.

Those new people are from the Modified Automotive Group, which includes Modified magazine. What was once our bitter competitor is now part of the Primedia family. Welcome aboard, Modifiers, and sorry about what we did to your project car at that one event (hopefully it buffed right out).

To the haters who cry that Primedia is homogenizing the SpoCom publishing playground I refer you to the General Electric family of companies. GE makes everything from missile guidance systems to The Office and Dwight K. Schrute is hardly the stuff of mil-spec proportions. If anything, this new Justice League alliance gives us the power to communicate with each other and tailor our content, avoiding any redundancies in the process (I'm talking to you, feature car double dippers). We can also harness this power for such joint efforts as a massive Super Lap Battle (although I prefer the Super Street Lap Battle but I'm willing to split the billing). That's powerful stuff but not nearly as power-packed as this month's high-powered Power Issue!!! Yes, multiple exclamation points are a must in this case.

I hope you'll indulge me as I yank the e-brake on this editorial and switch things up a bit. I am aware that the place we occupy in your conscious is one of light-hearted (and light-minded) frivolity, but in the wake of the tragedy at Virginia Tech I can't help but take a moment to send my thoughts and prayers out to all of those affected.

I also wanted to take the time to acknowledge the passing of a man without whose vision Super Street would not exist. That was a dramatic understatement as Super Street is but an oil stain on this man's pantheon of automotive accomplishments.

Mr. Robert Petersen is one of the founding fathers of the Hot Rod movement (which spawned our snot-nosed tuner sub-culture) selling Hot Rod magazine out of the trunk of his car for 25 cents a copy in 1948. He followed this up with Motor Trend (perhaps you've heard of it), and these titles became the foundation for what became the largest special interest publishing company in America.

If it wasn't for Mr. Petersen, I wouldn't be able to work on this editorially misshapen magazine rambling incessantly about this scene and my charmingly misshapen manmaries. To me, he is power personified. I now return you to your regularly scheduled frivolity already in progress. Somehow I think Mr. Petersen would have wanted it this way.

John Naderi

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