More than any other, this past decade brought with it an unprecedented amount of change.
The whole w, w, w, dot-computer thing? As it turns out it, it wasn't just some geeky fad. Remember when a rogue bush was nothing more than an eyesore? Who knew that the rotten roots of a single Bush not only depreciated property values, but could shake our very foundation. Going green? Ten years ago, it meant you either sucked on an apple Jolly Rancher for too long or stepped on a cow pie. Or how about the word tuner? Pre-iPod days, it used to be the button on your stereo to switch it to radio mode.
In the ten years of Import Tuner, our scene underwent tremendous growth and incredible change. From relative obscurity to an automotive movement with numerous drag, show and drift series, movies and TV shows, 2NR was there, documenting it all. So when it came time to put together an anniversary issue, we thought it fit to pay homage to all that's happened in the past decade.
For Dialogue, we put together a list of influential people who were in the scene ten years ago and are still in it today. The list was short but it ultimately came down to two: Frank Choi and Ken Miyoshi. These two men took a passion and an idea, created two different events catering to one crowd, and forever changed the automotive landscape.
One of 2NR's original concepts from its very inception was dyno testing upgrades. The days of adding up advertised hp claims on your ride were numbered and bubbles burst nationwide. And out of the hundreds of Power Pages tests in our history, Luke rummaged through them all and came up with a list of the top ten. Odds are, your engine's one of them. Sorry Kia Spectra owners.
Provoking more hate mail than the last comment will most likely be our ten years of milestones. Embarking on this task, we knew it would be damn-near impossible to bottle ten years of achievements in a single issue, let alone 11 pages. That being said, we dug around, sent emails and phone calls, and came up with a semi-conclusive timeline of the significant events that have shaped the scene. We've purposely left some extra room so you can pencil in whatever accomplishment we may have missed.
Import models. You love 'em. We love 'em. God bless 'em. They make HINs, Formula Ds, late night Google searches, and life in general that much more compelling. We've had the honor of breaking some of the very best; many of whom went onto other magazines, TV, film and international stardom. So when it came time to call nine of the very hottest for a last minute photoshoot, they were more than cooperative-they were happily willing. Special thanks goes to each and every one. Francine, Sasha, Natasha, Hannah, Courtney, Mercedes, Ursula, Sunisa and Melyssa: The lens will never do you the proper justice and it was truly an honor to photograph you all.
On the subject of thanks, I have to thank Luke. Despite his nagging concerns that all he contributed to the anniversary was Power Pages, Luke has helped incredibly. From his regular columns to transcribing interviews, copy editing stories, holding it together while I was away on a press trip (again), to late night debates, I couldn't have done it without him. Much deserved props also goes out to Clint for his sick designs; Steve Demmitt for the hours of retouching; Jorge for his assist; Aaron, Taylor and Hollie for the model photoshoot; Val for the most awesome make up (lord knows I needed it); Jason and Pauline for their patience; all the freelancers; and Kelly and her replacement, Drew, for being the sticky paste that kept us together. Special spanks goes to Elliott and his negative-for-a-more-positive comments, and Caroline and Dana for spending a weekend selecting model pictures.
Finally, and most importantly, thanks to all you readers who are dedicated to this scene: Cheers to the past decade and a double Kanpai for the next. I can't wait to see what the ten years have in store for us.
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