We've waited years to finally welcome you to a new-look eurotuner. We've worked on the appearance of the front covers over the past six months to give them a more progressive look, and finally got round to doing the same inside the magazine.
We've got bigger photos, better typefaces and a cleaner look that should make it more enjoyable for you to read.
If you're like me, I always feel cheated when things change. That "new and improved" washing powder means they were happy to sell me second-rate crap for years. But hopefully it's not the same in this instance. We haven't messed with the formula, simply given it a modern look; a much needed tummy tuck to match the facelift our covers received.
We invite your comments on what we've done and hopefully you'll enjoy the benefits. I guess the only downside to the overhaul is slightly fewer photos for each story, but the pay-off is bigger photos with more impact. You Be The Judge.
This month is also our BMW special issue. Last year we had an Audi issue to answer the calls from owners who felt under-represented in the magazine. This month we're reaching out to the BMW community with an abundance of feature cars and technical articles that will hopefully be informative and/or entertaining.
We're aware this will inevitably result in a string of letters from VW owners complaining of a lack of coverage, but we can assure you normal service will resume.
I sound like an old record repeating this phrase; we feature a disproportionate number of VWs and are simply trying to redress the balance so the entire Euro community is represented in one way or another.
For those owners of the minority marques such as Mercedes, Volvo, Saab, Jaguar, etc, we assure you we'll feature the very best examples whenever we encounter them. We just don't encounter them as often as those from VW, BMW and Audi.
No doubt you'll have noticed a dramatic increase in the number of technical articles. This is also part of our strategy to produce the magazine you've requested. We know there can still be improvements and are making every effort to do more, but we appreciate you staying on for the ride.
Since we represent such a small and exclusive community, we've been trying to make the magazine more useful to you. To this end we started the clubs and events pages several months ago (see p96). These have elicited a tremendous response and the list of summer shows is rapidly increasing. There's also a growing database of Euro clubs you can join, and continue your hobby 24/7. These are your pages to promote and report what you're doing, so don't be shy about contacting us and using this resource.
We're aware the online updates for events and Readers' Rides have been slow. This is as frustrating for us as it is for you, but we have a new team onboard and have been promised a better future. So check eurotuner.com and hopefully it'll have the information you desire.
Another interesting aspect of this issue is the two events: Wasser-Kuhler and the R32 track day. These were organized by regional clubs who contacted us for coverage. We try to attend as many as we can but it's not always possible, so the R32 story was actually written and photographed by the organizers. For the Wasser-Kuhler event, we sent our Combat Correspondent, Sargent Cloward, to cover it before he departs for more training in projectile avoidance.
What else can I tell you about this issue? George Lee, owner of this month's cover car, made us feel educationally subnormal. The self-taught mechanic stuffed so much electronics into his BMW he needs an FCC license. We were definitely humbled in the presence of the man with a brain the size of a house.
That's enough of my nonsense. Enjoy the rest of the mag and play nicely with others.
Greg Emmerson, Editor firstname.lastname@example.org