I first worked on Off-Road when I was a tech editor on Truckin’ magazine. Back then, both titles were in the McMullen/Argus truck group. At that time, Rick Shandley was the editor of Off-Road and he graciously allowed me to contribute stories to it. I was ecstatic to do so as I have been reading Off-Road ever since it was headed by whom I consider to be the godfather of Off-Road magazine, the great (and hysterically funny) Rick Sieman.
Then, after spending 10 years at Buckaroo Communications being on 4x4 Builder, Truck Builder, and just about every other title that they had, I found myself being hired on as tech editor of Dirt Sports. It was great being back at a dirt-oriented magazine as I have been riding and racing dirt bikes since I was 10 years old. Being able to cover races and events such as the SCORE Baja races and various short course races was a blast (still is!).
Like many of you, I’ve built many vehicles and miss a few of them. I still miss my street-legal, Class 5 Bug that I wadded up prerunning the Baja 500 way back in 1984 or so. I say I miss it, but I’m telling you, that car was cursed. It got stolen and when I got it back it had been stripped clean. I rebuilt it again and then it nearly got me shot by Las Vegas Metro police officers while I was at the 1981 or 1982 Mint 400 for driving what they thought was a stolen car (it was still on the sheet even though I had contacted the local cops to tell them that I got it back). Then I crashed it, leaving my brother Todd and me stranded out in the middle of nowhere. All in all, cursed. But, man, what a fun car to drive.
Where was I? Oh yeah, being back at Dirt Sports + Off-Road magazine. And it is now Dirt Sports + Off-Road magazine. Two of my favorite titles (and jobs) have been combined into one, and now I get to take the best things I’ve always loved about the two magazines, racing and hard-core tech, and bring the best of both worlds to you.
You can also expect to see a drastic uptick on our website and Facebook pages. We have already changed the Off-Road Facebook page to Dirt Sports + Off-Road, and you can expect to see daily updates to it, so go “like” it and get all the latest news. Our Dirt Sports Nation FB page will remain that for the time being, but it may turn toward being more like our DSN page here in the magazine, with funny, enthusiast-centric items happening in the world of off-road racing. Please feel free to post to them both, as they are yours as well as ours.
We’re working on getting our website back on track too, and it will feature articles, news, and especially video content. Right now we’re running the very entertaining “Dirt Every Day” video segments with Fred Williams, but we’ll be producing videos on subjects such as race/event coverage, vehicle features, and tech installs. So tune in … soon.
Well, that’s it for now.
Have fun, be safe, and we’ll see you next month.