Hi Peter, I'm very glad to meet my new editor-in-chief. I was a former Modified reader about four years ago. I moved to Sport Compact Car because after comparing and contrasting with Modified, I found it to be more informative. Now that my two most-read magazines have joined forces, I will undoubtedly renew my subscription. As I've read and browsed the latest issue, it truly has the makings of a soon-to-be great collaboration.
From the latest issue, there isn't almost anything to be altered. After reading the editor's note, I'm also satisfied because some of SCC will be put in these pages as well as all the tech and project articles. Wow, imagine three magazines with their own twist into one-a great melting pot. I hope to see more articles such as these in your latest issue. We all hope to recover from this economic slump.
That's a great way of looking at it-three magazines into one. We're hoping that we can take all the good elements from Turbo and SCC and try to incorporate them into Modified.
This is the first time I have ever written into a magazine, and that's a testament to my enjoyment of Sport Compact Car. I'm looking forward to seeing Modified remold itself in an effort to retain the loyal audiences of both SCC and Turbo. I realize that trying to incorporate several different audiences, as well as new team members, is not always the easiest thing to deal with and I wish you guys a smooth process
I was honestly thinking of canceling my subscription after a phone call to Modified where I found out that SCC's Ultimate Street Car Challenge was no longer around, but after reading your Editorialisms (April '09) I decided to stick it out. The reason I wanted to cancel was due to last month's issue (my first issue) and from what I've read so far, this month's issue as well.
Last month's issue featured a car that's a dream of mine (an FC with an LS1); however, all it talked about was what was in the car. The thing I loved about SCC was the fact that they went deeper than "rare wheels" and expensive paint. I wanted to hear how the car felt to drive and hear the horsepower and torque numbers it was making. And maybe how it compares to a regular RX-7 and a modified TT RX-7. Same thing with this month's SC300-really cool ride, but how is it other than "really fast." I hope this email doesn't sound like I'm knocking you guys and I know there are a ton of people who like to read about custom stereos and rare JDM parts and stuff like that. I'm just more into the technical side and like to get an idea of what it would be like to drive these cars.
Sal Latorre Jr.
Great criticism, Sal. We're actively workingon trying to get more real data on our feature cars. If we had it our way, every feature wouldbe driven by the writer. We are actually going to do that with some future features, but for those we can't, we'll stick to the owners' impressions.
Uscc Lives On
I've been a subscriber to Modified Mag for only a few months now, and the only reason I even have a subscription is because my Sport Compact Car subscription was replaced by this. Honestly, I had never even opened an issue of Modified until I got my first one in the mail. I must say, however, that I was pleasantly surprised. I've leafed through issues of Import Tuner and Turbo magazines in the past without ever really being impressed and assumed this would be no different. Being an SCC fan, I can't help but draw some parallels between their Ultimate Street Car Challenge and the new Castrol Top Car Challenge. I must say that I am looking forward to your coverage and hope it will fill the void that the USCC has left. Being the owner of an '02 WRX, and an all-around car guy, I love to see how people bring their vehicles to the next level; especially on a similar platform to mine. Thanks for giving me something new to look forward to every month.
Matt Wieczorek, Brockport, NY
The day that I got my final issue of SCC was one of those tragic moments few should ever have to face. My beloved friend that had taught me so much closed its doors for good. I began thinking of all those fantasies I had of the USCC and how I would never have the chance to bring a road-ready fire-breather to the fray. I'm only 16 years old, and I didn't know how to cope with the loss. Then I received my first issue of Modified, and I couldn't believe my eyes! Andy Hope and Jay Chen were joining an already spectacular magazine. The fact that the USCC will live on is one of my Christmas wishes come true. Thank you for continuing this amazing competition, and I will see you in 10 years with my own fire-breather!
Still dreaming, Jack Baker
The Ultimate Street Car Challenge will live on, but we are going to change some categories up to make it a little different and, of course, more enjoyable for our readers.