As this issue is going out the door we are at full boost preparing some very special items for the July 2005 issue, which will celebrate 20 years of Turbo magazine. Some of the fruits of our labor will live on past the July issue.
One such tidbit is the Legacy Series where we look into the contributions of people who helped shape the industry. Getting the ball rolling will be Turbo magazine founder Kipp Kington and iconic engine builder Kenny Duttweiler.
We will also be running classic Turbo articles from year's past, which will illustrate just how much this market has evolved. When it comes to motorsports, performance tuning and hot trends Turbo magazine was at the point of origin. In many ways it was a catalyst to the big-bang event that brought import performance into the light. And as you will see in the coming months the proof is in the back issues.
The July issue also represents the end game of an ongoing freshening of the magazine; an in-house redesign without a treasure chest budget. I have been working my butt off, sweating the details to add some zip to how we treat our feature cars. The content will be the same; parts, parts, parts and parts testing, well executed street cars, innovative race car features, pieces on the people behind the scenes and the tuners behind the keyboards.
We are trying to bump up the presentation of said content and this effort will start with our cover car treatment and expand from there. Increasing our new products section to four pages and moving it up front (first part of redesign; Jan. '05 issue) has been very well received and I am hopeful that the remainder of our transformation is also met with good reviews.
Life is moving pretty fast over here, I have three or four covers already in the can, a grip of interviews lined up, a new office in Primedia's Ivory Tower, an itch to build an old-school Datsun 510 and an anniversary party that starts right here next month. Hope to see you here.- RIPH.S.T.