I contribute to this magazine as much as I can. I don't own a single piece of it. They don't pay me. I've been offered free full page adds for my shop, but if you ever see an add for Conder Custom in Garage Magazine it's because I paid for it. I have first hand knowledge of what it takes to build a multi-faceted project like this magazine and I tell ya cousin, it ain't easy. I also know Dan and his crew have been getting a lot of pressure lately to nip and tuck our magazine. (yeah, I said "our") It seems some heavy hitters are pokin' around and lookin' out of the corner of their eye at this little hot rod that just rolled into the parking lot. They're trying to CENSOR it. To smooth it over and make it a little more...y'know, "TASTEFUL". They're hittin' GARAGE where it hurts, in the wallet. If you've ever been freaked out by a patch holder on a metalflake panhead, a hot chick with a jacked up straight axle '55 that'll run you "anytime, anywhere" or some wiry little teenager with a spray can and a candy red lowrider Stingray...If this stuff makes you nervous, it's only because you don't KNOW THEM. When you meet 'em, they ain't so "freaky". This is the job of any good magazine. I'm posting this to openly challenge Garage Magazine to stick to the original plan. I can open any automotive publication anywhere and get "this guy built this car with this stuff and here's how". I don't think I'm in the minority when I say I need a hell of a lot more than that, but if I am that's GREAT! That's why I'm part of this culture. Garage started kind of fluffy, but it's headed to (but not there yet) that etheral dreamworld of no rules or limitations. A place where the salt flats and compton and flatblack and metalflake ENHANCE your world, NOT PIGEON HOLE IT. So fellas, (to the music of "it's a grand ol' flag") can ya do it? Can you hold up inspite of chicken!@#$ advertisers waffling and publishers telling you what to print and doe eyed hobbiests complaining? I can tell you this. It's hard, but it's worth it. Git after it boys and girls, I triple dog DARE ya. - Sincerely, the C.C.A.S.C (Concerned Citizens Against Stagnation and Cornism) p.s. Spanky Spangler is my new hero.