Dirt Sports + Off Road is now bigger and better than ever, and we aren’t stopping our commitment to stay on the forefront of the motorsports world. With this issue, we say goodbye to our Editor-in-Chief Craig Perronne, who has gone on to other opportunities in the industry. Craig held the position here for 8.5 years, and helped transition the brand from an independent magazine to a valued part of the Four Wheeler Network. We wish him well in his new endeavors and will miss his input and enthusiasm. We also had Marty Fiolka, as Editorial Director, who has just been selected for induction into the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF). Our Publisher Jim Ryan has also gone on to other endeavors, and has been active in the off road industry for more years than I can count—but who’s counting?
You can see our heritage in this brand goes deep in the motorsports world, and I’m no exception. I started ’wheeling and racing during the last millennium, and even sponsored and codrove a CJ-7 Jeep with Rich Severson of Flamingo Racing fame in Arizona and Baja. Together we even beat Walker Evans on a short-course event in the ’90s—not through our exceptional skill, but because he DNFd. Through the years, I even codrove with legendary off-road icon Rod Hall and his sons to win a Baja 1000. That may also be why I made it into ORMHOF as well! I enjoy being a part of the 4-wheeling scene and racing, as well as fabrication, and of course, chronicling it all. Although I started out with a 4x4 shop in Arizona, I’m now better known for my 20 years at 4-Wheel & Off-Road; the last 14 as Editor-in-Chief.
So why am I writing this editorial? Simple: The hunt is on for the next editor of this brand. By the time you read this in print, we will already have someone in that slot to develop and guide the brand into its next phase of life. I was recently promoted to Content Director of the Four Wheeler Network, so I just get to ride herd on the four brands instead of directly running them. That’s up to the Brand Managers, who all have their unique dreams and ideas, so we don’t all become the same 4x4 brand. The individuality of each title is important in this industry, and while Dirt Sports + Off-Road is now one brand, we won’t be ignoring what each mag meant to their readership. We plan on new and innovative tech and ideas, as well as some of the history and heritage that makes this sport so great. If you have your own ideas, share them with us at www.dirtsportsnation.com. So sooner or later, I’ll see you on the race course or on the trail, and you can let me know what you really think.