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
 |   |   |  Permanent Vacation - Leading Edge
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

Permanent Vacation - Leading Edge

Check out this last Turbo editorial column from Evan Griffey.

Evan Griffey
May 15, 2006
0605_turp_3z+leading_edge+editorial Photo 1/1   |   Permanent Vacation - Leading Edge

I suppose it's all about stages: staged injection, staged boost, staged performance packages, heck you can even pre-stage then stage if you're a drag racer. Well it's on to the next stage for me. For the last three issues I have been transitioning out of the editor's chair and into the next phase of my life in the Seattle area.

I would like to say up front that I am still deeply passionate about the scene and am leaving for mostly family/financial reasons. There is no burnout or turn-off going on here. I am hopeful that I will still contribute to Turbo and other magazines in the future. Heck, I may actually get to work on my car(s) now that the reputation of the magazine is not resting on every turn of the wrench.

When I pulled into the Turbo magazine parking lot on October 28, 1992 I was greeted by two Mustangs, a Buick Grand National, and a host of Chevy trucks. Undaunted, I parked my '91 Sentra SE-R with pride. There were five people in the company and Turbo was an 84-page bimonthly. The import scene was so far underground you needed side-scanning sonar to get a vague outline of it. But I saw it and in the next few years was able to collect a group of staffers who were similarly enlightened.

I have never been a chest beater, one who jumps on the soapbox and says look what I have done. But I do take pride in the accomplishments of Turbo magazine and what it has done to take that underground phenomena and bring it into the light.

Credibility is at the core of Turbo and its success. We took the import scene seriously from the first Battle of the Import race and never wavered. While the mainstream "excused" us as a bunch of wayward Y-generation basket cases I saw the tumblers falling into place.

Modern electronic fuel injection, the physics-challenging capabilities of the turbocharger, and an eclectic grab bag of innovative thinking, totally committed enthusiasts who were always able to see the next level and get us there. I have never since seen the same combination of technical savvy, outside-the-box thinking, and determination. I mean who the hell thinks to put wheelie bars on a front-drive drag car! I speak of Ron and Ed Bergenholtz who dropped this bomb in 1998. You may recognize their names; they are the 2005 NHRA Pro FWD champions, still dishing out the pain 1,320 feet at a time.

When contemplating something big I go by the credo, "Only when you know where you have been, know where you are, can see where you are going, and appreciate the lessons and consequences of each stage can you make truly wise decisions." I will miss the creative side of making the magazine, however, I am hopeful that the interaction with the many people I have come to respect in the industry is still just beginning.

As I read back this column it is not the poignant, irreverent, Hunter S. Thompson-esque creation I had envisioned when I came up with the title of it some eight months ago. But, like the 14-plus years of passion I have invested in this magazine, it is serious, sincere, and from the heart and that has always been good enough.

By Evan Griffey
275 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

The show must go on, as they say, and so that’s exactly what organizers of the much-loved annual Tokyo Auto Salon did, taking the 3-day event that usually happens in Chiba’s Makuhari Messe convention center and translating it (metaphorically, not literally; it was still largely in Japanese) into both streaming video and 3D. Auto Salon
Bob HernandezJan 20, 2021
Super Street: Anytime we talk about a vehicle prototype, the overwhelming response, once some of the initial smoke has cleared (and people are done cursing out the manufacturer and demanding that their design team be fired immediately), centers heavily on claims that the production car will look nothing like the demo car. In some cases,
RodrezJan 20, 2021
You know the name Joel Tan (@jt_built) from his wildly popular SR20DET-swapped, ‘40s-era Willy’s Jeep that mingles among the top of Super Street’s most popular feature cars of all time, and we expect his 1972 Nissan Skyline GT-R and Toyota Trueno of the same birth year will also have a lasting impression. Both cars feature
RodrezJan 19, 2021
The “most powerful 3-cylinder in the world,” applied to Toyota’s much talked about GR Yaris still sounds a little strange when you hear it, but you can’t deny the nasty 250+hp and over 260 lb-ft. of torque that are delivered through an eager AWD system, all packed into a relatively lightweight (by modern hatchback standards)
RodrezJan 18, 2021
As if to pour a little salt into the wound that the hottest hatch in ages, the AWD Toyota GR Yaris, is not being brought to North America, the interwebs has begun to conspire against us by teasing us with modified versions from some of the biggest tuners in the biz. In December, those sneak
Bob HernandezJan 15, 2021
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

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