2021 a new cars Era...
A ton of spelling mistakes later and it’s finally time for me to hang up my keyboard and move on from editing this fine publication. It really has been a lifetime’s work for me; I joined the team on 10th June 2002 as a fresh-faced staff writer. I was a 20-year-old fan boy and felt like the luckiest guy in the world to bag my dream job.
Of course, it was a very different world back then, social media wasn’t a thing, Ask Jeeves was bigger than Google and cameras used something called film. But there is one thing that has stayed the same over my tenure, and that’s the vibrant scene that we cover. Don’t listen to those people who say car culture was better in the good old days. It was better for them because it was their time – before commitments like kids and mortgages. The scene is as strong as ever.
So, why am I leaving? Quite simply because I’ve been offered a new role that was too good an opportunity to turn down, and the best bit of all is I’ll still be involved in Fast Car, as well as Kelsey’s other performance titles. So, you’ll still be seeing me on FC TV and I’m going to be putting together a few bookazines in 2021 too.
With myself leaving, my loyal colleagues Glenda and Midge have also decided that it’s a fitting time to bid farewell. Midge is now working with Auto Finesse and Glenn is editing VWT magazine, so we’re all still very much involved in car culture and our love for this brand will remain forever. It’s ingrained in our souls. We take with us fantastic memories, lifelong friends, and a huge amount of pride to say that we’ve worked on the best modified car mag in the world.
But enough about the past, it’s time to look forward and the guy taking over the hot seat has been involved in performance magazines for almost as long as me. In fact, we would have been rivals back in the early noughties because he worked for a magazine called Lax Flower, or something like that, before heading up Japanese Performance. So, I welcome Dan Sherwood into the Fast Car family. He’ll say his official hello right here next month, but to get him started in the world of Fast Car, he’s introduced his two project cars in this issue. So, head over to page 62 for that. I’m sure Dan will put his own spin on the magazine, and if I’m being totally honest, it could do with a fresh pair of eyes and a new approach. I’m looking forward to seeing him take the magazine to the next level.
So, that just leaves me to say a massive thank you to all the people who have helped me over the last 18-years, including countless photographers, writers, sub editors, publishers and designers – especially the one who’s been putting this magazine together with me for the past decade, Initial G – he’s a bloody legend and the best Art Ed I’ve ever had (he’s the only Art Ed I’ve ever had but that’s beside the point).
I’m not crying, you’re crying!