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At this writing, most of my friends are at the March Meet. I watched some of it on Bangshift.com while sweating out a book deadline in the bunker. As you read this, March Meet is old news. I'm still sweating. And grinning. But I do wish I could have been in Bakersfield with my friends.
Dear SGE Nation, I have failed you. Please forgive me. Overwhelmed by the task of reporting timely automotive news in the age of 24/7 instant digital gratification, I stooped to a lower, more common denominator, and resorted to sophomoric self indulgent haphazard "entertainment". Squirrels have eaten my brain and this blog. What happened to "The stories behind the stories"? I lost my way in a misguided ego-driven attempt to be what I ain't: Clever and current. There are thousands of other resources for such content that process and deliver it much better than I. Today marks this blog's belated return to who I am and what I know: I am an analog hot rod photojournalist.
Motor Mouth Radio (Elana Scherr returns this Thursday: www.motormouthradio.com) gets a lot of well deserved backslapping on this blog for their grassroots vocal advocacy on behalf of Northeast hot rodding. Bangshift (www.bangshift.com) does the same thing on a global scale, minus the vocals (except for inspired unscripted comments during oildowns, delivered on their live webcasts). I wish I were Motormouth or Bangshift, but I am neither. I just do what I do. But I don't do it alone.
Branded a lone wolf by some, collaboration calls to me regularly. My peer group mix includes equal parts wrenchers and worders. We're all driven by the same beautiful insanity, but the wrenchers get there faster and truer, whereas the worders tend to run off-course on the hunt for elusive meaning. Alas, many find the meaning at the bottom of a ravine or bottle, while survivors report more divine findings, then move on to penning European historical studies or Asian mathematical essays. Carrying DNA consisting of equal parts word and wrench myself (both torqued to the right of my brain, while the left side atrophies in a helium-filled vacuum), my course is set. I must bleed for speed and document the deed. God help me.
So I shall continue my digital newsboy routine. Just don't expect the news to be delivered on time. But you can expect it to be free of commercial or political bias, and reported to the best of my ability. You can also look for it to be more succinct than it's been lately (you're welcome). I've been piling up some serious overtime in the bunker, in hopes of making a May 1st deadline for the next CarTech book. Time is more elusive and precious than ever.
SQUIRREL AND TOOLBOX
This week's post is dedicated to the memory of Tom Medley/Stroker McGurk, the hot rodder's pal. One of the most impressive humans/cartoons I've ever met, and another hero whom I'm very proud to call my friend.