Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit www.motortrend.com for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |   |  Initial Timing - Editorial
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

Initial Timing - Editorial

It All Starts Here

Nov 22, 2006
0605_impp_z+initial_timing_editorial+tunnel Photo 1/1   |   Initial Timing - Editorial

A little over eight years ago, a man put his neck on the line and gave me a crack at the magazine business. I had zero experience. I'd been to college and studied photography but pissed all of that away when I stumbled across import drag racing. As far as career paths went back then, I was only interested in burnouts and e.t's. I could find my way around a camera, spell my own name and drive in a straight line at least, and hopefully, for some reason, the guy saw more and gave me a shot at an editorial job. Eight years later, and Evan Griffey, editor of our sister publication Turbo, is leaving his permanent post in the industry for greener pastures (literally).

Considered a pioneer of the import movement by myself, and many others, Evan provided me with my early opportunity, becoming my boss, then a colleague and, even more importantly as years passed, my friend. As I went on my own path with Import Tuner, Evan's office has never been more that several feet from mine and for the past few years he's been a rock solid pillar of reason. Through all the triumph and turmoil that resulted when this job and my personality collided, Evan always listened to my rants and somehow helped me keep my feet on the floor and the steam from burning my ears.

As a pioneer, Evan embraced the import performance industry at a time when almost everyone else ignored it. Back in the day, Turbo was the only media source racers and enthusiasts had and it was, without a doubt, Evan and Turbo that helped carve early sponsorship deals and inevitably the mass recognition it has had ever since.

By the time you read this, Evan will be long gone, chillin' somewhere in the greener pastures of the Northwest. Fortunately for all of us, his passion for all things import means he's not gone completely. Evan will be dishing out his years of knowledge, wisdom and reasoning through several Primedia publications as a freelancer.

But, the next time I lose it and start throwing things across my office, I can't just walk next door for a dose of rationality. I can't reminisce about the good old days of duct-taped ghetto racecars flying down ghetto drag strips. I can't be reminded of all the trouble I've caused or even chat about the big horse at Hollywood. But what I can do, is speak on behalf of an entire industry when I say thanks for everything you've done for all of us and you truly will be missed.

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

Nissan got rid of the naturally aspirated V-6 that powered the stock 370Z Nismo and replaced it with a twin-turbo from Infiniti's Red Sport 400s.
Collin WoodardOct 29, 2018
RM Sotheby's strikes gold with the multi-million-dollar sale of a one-off 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series "Project Gold" from the 993 series.
Rory JurneckaOct 29, 2018
Ravi Dolwani never thought even in his wildest dreams that he'd own an Evo X, let alone one that was built to such a high caliber.
Aaron BonkOct 29, 2018
Like the storied F1, the Speedtail has three seats, the driver steering from the center of the cockpit. And, says McLaren, it will do 250 mph.
ManufacturerOct 26, 2018
The Slim Lab P1 Racing Cockpit is not your standard racing rig and it's probably the only sim-racing rig you will ever need
Ceso BagayOct 26, 2018
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP