The Need For Read…

You like what I did with the title?…you know with the play on words and what not?…Ahh, nevermind…Anyways, I haven’t done one of these in awhile but this is a particularly good time to pick up a copy of your favorite magazine. That and well, let’s face it, I don’t have anything pressing to show you guys as far as car content or event coverage. It should already be pretty well known by now but my daily grind is in the automotive magazine industry. I spend a big chunk of my time writing up features stories for cars as well as shooting for print. It’s been my grind for years now and I fully intend on staying in this business. I like the flexible schedule and all the different types of things I get to see and for many, it might be considered a pretty cool gig. I’ve been presented with a lot of wonderful opportunities over the years and have met a ton of great people. Why I mention this is because this industry is very important to me and it helps to keep this site going because it pays my bills and puts food on my table. Everything seems to be digital and electronic these days and it’s very cool to see how much our technology has progressed over time. One thing that I hope never dies is print. Magazines are a important to our community because it represents something special that we can all hold onto. Our lives are moving so quickly these days that it’s very easy to just read something online and then lose it and forget all about it. Magazines and print are things that you can hold onto. Anytime you want to look back and find your favorite feature car, these magazines will always be there. For me, there is just nothing better than being featured in a magazine. I feel that it is better than winning any trophy at any car show or being featured in some random website. There is just something very prestigious about seeing your own car or a car that you recognize in print. It’s the ultimate reward for your hard work. A magazine knows about your car, takes the time to hire someone to shoot it and write your story about your car, and the whole world will get to see it. That’s an amazing thing…

This month is a very good one for print because all three of the major titles have some very good material. And yes, I am saying that because I did some of the work, haha. Seriously though, it’s good just based on the content alone and I’m happy I was involved…

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The Import Tuner issue pictured isn’t actually the newest issue. I believe the new issue drops very soon but I mention it because it has a feature that we did on the Tactical Art EG6. When their EK landed on the cover of Super Street earlier this year, it was immediately seen by everyone because it was placed on the cover of the “Honda Issue”, which is a big deal in our community. I honestly don’t even think the guys from Tactical Art know that this feature is out this month because I haven’t heard them say anything about it…

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Hopefully when they see this they will go and try to find a copy in Japan. If not then we will have to get a couple of issues to send to them. They were so stoked when Taku Kusugami’s EK was featured so they should be equally as happy about this feature because this EG6 is the personal track car of the head of Tactical Art. It’s a good feature and it is one of the rare times when you get to see what is under the hood. It’s not pretty or anything in there but this is a full-function Civic track car so I’m sure many of you want to know what is powering this EG…

If you’re a die-hard Honda guy and aren’t really into other makes, then you probably wouldn’t pick up this month’s Super Street because it has a R35 prominently displayed on the cover. It’s a great car but if you aren’t interested, you should still pick up this issue because it has a huge feature as well as the results for this year’s FF Battle 4 competition. I posted up coverage on this and you may have seen photos on various other sites, but the results have always been kept under wraps until the magazine went to print. Even the majority of us who were there at the event didn’t even know the final results until we opened up this mag…

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There are some really cool shots and write-ups on everyone that participated in the event so it is a must-see for any Honda head…

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If you need another reason to go buy the November issue of Super Street, you’ll also find a story on the turbo EK from Osaka JDM in Japan. They’ve always been known more for their old school Hondas but this yellow USDM-inspired EK9 build of their’s is probably the fastest Honda of their fleet….

On the Honda Tuning side, you’ve probably heard the rumblings or have seen the cover posted up all over Facebook by now, but yes, Big Mike’s Prelude is indeed on the cover. Not only is the car on the cover, Big Mike himself is even on the cover and that is probably a first for Honda Tuning magazine…

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Anyone that follows The Chronicles knows that Big Mike’s build started here a couple of years ago. It’s because of that build that he became associated with this site and I can honestly say that I’m proud to have seen the gradual progression of his Prelude from day one. His build spanned like over 25 parts or something here on this site and if anything, we could have titled his story “The Conclusion” because it is a culmination of everything you’ve seen of his car here on the site. From the day it was stripped down for paint until this issue of Honda Tuning, you’ve been witness to the growth of his build. What better way to close out his build than by picking up this issue of Honda Tuning magazine…

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The whole issue is great but my personal favorite story is of Dina Sakai’s S2000 from ATS Garage. I’m really not trying to toot my own horn but I had a really fun time writing the feature for this S2K because it gave me the opportunity to see what Dina was about. She’s usually a person of very few words so it was interesting to hear about her background and how she got into cars. It also explains why her build looks the way it does and why she opted to go with the air suspension route. I’ve done a lot of stories for Honda Tuning over the years and this one is right up there as one of my favorites…

Also in this issue of HT is a feature on Cristian Loza’s EP3 from Canibeat. EP3s are often overlooked and his was one of the better builds that I’ve had the opportunity of seeing in person. It was deserving of the feature and I think it was pretty cool for Cristian because Dave Tormey from Canibeat shot the photos for the story. If you like Spoon-themed builds, you’ll also want to get this issue because it features two Spoon-themed Hondas, an Integra and Civic, that hold true to the classic Spoon-look…

I can’t do much else to convince you guys to buy these magazines other than to go out and buy and deliver them to you so please go out and SUPPORT PRINT!!..

Go out and read something other than poorly written blog posts like this one, haha…

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