What a trip, both literally and figuratively. Up until my fingers moved from their ever so carefully-stationed position upon the "asdf" and "jkl;" keys to type the first line did the realization hit me: I'm the new editor of Import Tuner. Sure, the transition from Super Street to Siphon was a clear, distinct change, but with all the frenzied scramble to get this issue wrapped up and out the door, I never really gave my move to 2NR a second thought.
I mean this is the magazine, that when it first dropped, generated a huge buzz. With the illest rides, dyno-proven parts, expansive show coverage, in-depth tech and the birth of the now-ubiquitous import model, Import Tuner was like furniture on a bad peyote trip-it spoke to me.
It was everything I could've ever wanted in bound-paper form. So much so, that during my college years, after much cajoling (begging, really), the editor at the time gave me an opportunity to write and shoot my first feature for these very pages (good lookin' out, Mr. Eng).
In the past 10 years, the magazine has grown. "Tuning" is now as recognized as part of the American lexicon, and wet-dream wagons like the STI, EVO and soon, the new GT-R roam from purple mountain majesties to the fruited plains. Thanks to the previous editor, Jason Mulroney, the magazine pushed the design boundaries and offered a stylized package unseen before, while still retaining the core mantra of cars, parts, coverage, tech and girls; a fact evident in the issue you hold in your hands.
One need not look further than APR's red, wide and turbocharged S2000 on the cover to agree the car is mobile Creatine. We also test drove our scene's first high horsepower luxury sedan with Lexus' new IS F. Our verdict: Bippu will never be the same. For parts and tech, we dyno a SR-powered S13 in Power Pages and our new-and only-fish, Luke, explains which style of rubber you ought to wrap on your wheel. On the event side, we expose the art of the time attack with our Super Lap Battle finals in Buttonwillow. And last, but miles from least, we have our cover girl Cora who we think you'll find more than lust-friendly.
As for the future, what can you expect? The same, plus more: More rides, more parts, more events, more tech, more girls, more staff (hopefully) and more stories about our scene. Strap yourselves in; cause I guarantee it's going to be a trip.Carter Jungwww.myspace.com/carterjung