It's Sunday afternoon. The Rams just worked a below par 49ers team in what was an anti-climatic face off for the divisional lead. Rather than flip over to see what I can catch on Speedvision I have, regrettably, turned off the box and transported my ass to the computer to spew out this month's Initial Timing. That's right, we even work on Sundays. Actually, truth is I have an appointment in the studio first thing tomorrow morning for this month's cover car shoot. And although we don't generally work at home on the rare weekend without any events to attend, with a deadline just around the corner and a jam-packed issue we have to make the most of whatever time we get to sit down and write. And as for tomorrow's cover shoot, it's up early, get the gear together and head to the studio to meet up with the people involved. Generally, I meet the owner of the cover car first to get a head start on setting up the studio and loading the car into the cove (a seamless two or three walled backdrop). A couple of hours later makeup artist Catherine Dang will arrive just in time to greet the month's cover model. If all goes well, by the time I'm finished with the car the model will be finished with make up and dressed, ready to start shooting. Of course, things don't always go as planned and on more than one occasion a piece of the cover puzzle has gone awry and turned the whole shoot upside down. Let's see what's on TV.
It's true! I admit I suffer from extreme attention deficit disorder or something. I paused, flicked the box back on and what do you know, a recap of the entire 2001 Formula 1 season was on. Needless to say, I was glued and the computer sat idle until now... it's Monday night. Today's shoot went well. Everything seemed to fall right into place and I think you'll agree Mark Romero's street-driven Honda Prelude is pretty crazy. And while I already know what you think of Mia, don't let your mother hear you say that.
So, with the exception of this edition of Initial Timing, this month's issue is pretty much wrapped up. Check out the brand new products we put together from the SEMA show. There are 25 of the latest hot new performance products to hit the import aftermarket, unveiled and photographed for the first time during our sneak peak prior to the show. Also, we've got a recap of the IDRC International Finals, where several championship crowns were claimed right there in the year's closing rounds of competition. We've also put together the biggest ever event schedule for the entire year so that you guys know when and wear to catch the cream of import events.
So until next time, enjoy.