I’d like to start out by welcoming the readers from the former Chromtecblog – this is its spiritual successor. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing that blog and reading your public and private comments over the past 6 months. It is because of the encouragement that I have received, that I have decided to expand the scope and start this new blog – so I had to take a week off. Don’t worry, the things you have come to expect such as show and trend reports sprinkled with a little humor will continue. Now, however, we will include more products; not just wheels but also grilles, interior trim, door handles, roof racks and just about any component that comes from outside the manufacturer and includes some component of design and appearance will be here as well. And perhaps most exciting of all, we will have additional authors, including (drumroll please) “The Stud”.
For anyone who likes Top Gear, you will instantly realize The Stud does not hold up well if you compare him to The Stig, but unfortunately I have no budget to hire anybody. The Stud is an anonymous designer from inside the industry whose designs have already been both panned and praised by his peers so yes, he probably has an axe to grind. I had the privilege to accompany The Stud around the show this week and will include the report in the blog later this week. Until then, you will have to be satisfied with tomorrow’s report from the pre-show activities: The MAIN Event from last Sunday, The Designer Night party at Camillo’s on Monday, and the Design Forum presented by AutoWeek from Thursday.
On Thursday I will have my show report including some trends that I noticed and Friday we will have The Stud’s opinion of some of the vehicle’s at the show. Trust me on this one, that’s a report you will not want to miss.
There are a ton of new and exciting things I have planned for this year so stay tuned for major announcements. If you are in the design community and want to have your work featured, feel free to forward me some details. I will try to present your work in the best possible light. This week I’d like to call your attention to Gary Ragle who almost led the Mitsubishi Team to an upset win at a previous Designer Night at the Races. Gary may also be known by his included in Hot Wheels’ 2008 Design Challenge series of cars and I am lucky enough to own a signed version of his Mitsubishi Double Shotz. Gary recently entered The Goodguys Design Contest and while I would never ask you to vote for Gary just because he signed a Hot Wheels for me, I will ask you to visit the site and vote for the design you like the best.
PS Probably the best thing about the new blog is that I finally learned how to embed links so say goodbye to the archaic reference section at the end.