I made it! I have been the editor of Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road for a full year. 12 months, 12 issues, and I survived. A year ago I went into a tailspin when I got this job. A year later I feel like I have this bomber flying pretty high and steady.
I want you to know that this job is the best job ever! It’s fun, I get to talk about and play with trucks and 4x4s almost every day, and I have the best readers in the country picking it up to see what silly stuff we do every month. I thank you all. But enough looking in the rearview. This past year is done. Let’s look forward.
As we roll out of winter and the days start getting longer and winter gray starts burning off for some warmer days, it’s time to get your trail rigs prepped for summer. As I type this I’ve almost got my wild supercharged Alabama Army Truck back together and ready for more dirt adventures. I’ve been missing that truck for almost as long as I’ve been editor, as it has been torn down to get an overdrive automatic swapped in and I’ve been torn up with work trying to figure out how a guy runs a magazine and does a web series every month too. I knew I had to get my act together to stay on top of everything, so my mean green Chevy got sidelined. A year later I’m not going to lie and say I’m on top of everything, but I think I’m getting the hang of it, and I know I need that truck back up and ready to smoke big tires on-road and peel out off-road. I need my truck running just for my own sanity! Even the best job in the world has challenges. Sometimes you need to grab a lower gear, ignore work, and go wheeling.
My green Chevy is very much the extreme daily driver that this issue is all about. It has some body damage, it has big power, and it is being built to run trails and cruise the highway and get me to the office, the auto parts store, and a sweet little camping spot no one else knows of. It has windows I can roll up and working wipers, but no A/C. It’s on 37s (soon to be 40s) and has both axles locked. There’s a winch for extracting myself when I do something dumb, dragging other dead 4x4s around the homestead, or helping out the neighbors should they need a shrub removed. It’s a hot rod, a mud truck, an expedition vehicle, and a rockcrawler. It can go to the beach to run dunes, or to the drive-in movies on date night. It’s big and serious and silly and fun to drive. In that way it’s just like this magazine.