Finally! Sure, we kept you waiting a month more than normal, but as always, it was worth the wait. If you're reading this and have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about, then you've either been beaten by the newsstand bandit or are one of our beloved subscribers. I'm talking about the 2006 Import Tuner calendar.
We know how our annual collection of beauties makes life far brighter throughout the year and although last year's was hard to top, we've somehow managed to do it. As usual, if your issue came in the mail minus the calendar, get down to your local store and dish out a few bucks for it. It's only once a year and you definitely don't want to go through the next 12 months without it.
Regardless of how you got this month's issue, one thing you haven't missed is "The Most Insane Creation Ever!" The Scion Speedster, as it's dubbed, is Five Axis' newest conception built to spin heads at this year's SEMA show in Las Vegas. The Speedster is an absolute mind-blower that had us floored as soon as we laid eyes on it. Granted, it's practically from another universe in terms of the work involved and it's definitely a long way from the badass streetcars that generally grace our covers. But, while I stood in amazement, staring in awe at its obscene transformation, I thought of something: Body shops all over the world have been performing chop tops, convertible conversions and flared fenders for years. Now, I'm not saying the Speedster is something your average body shop could have pulled off; in fact, it's far from it. Although, if you think about it, the creativity behind this build opens up some radical possibilities. Five Axis, a shop renowned for its conceptual insanities, may have presented you with some unconsidered modifications for your ride, particularly if you plan on building it for show.
In a dressed-down, fundamental process, I thought, "Why couldn't your everyday car get fender implants and cruise around topless? Could the average enthusiast pull off something so dope?" One thing's for sure: If our readers decide they want to, they will! Does this Scion present the benchmark for the future? Who knows. But it certainly reminded me that the possibilities are endless, as long as your imagination is equal. Enjoy the issue, and make the most of the next 12 months.