2007 Chevy Tahoe And GMC Yukon - Introducing The Airaid/ Truckin Project Tahoe
It has been a long tradition around the automotive magazine publishing business that Truckin' Magazine creates firsts. We were the first publication to introduce our readers to the "way back in the day" van craze. We were the first to unveil a monster lifted truck running a big-block blown V-8. We were the first truck publication to feature swimsuit-clad bathing beauties on the covers consistently. While our readers either absolutely love our "Water Toys" section or completely despise it, past staffs of Truckin' had already conceived of this notion of matching themed water toys and trucks way back in 1981. Just another series of firsts in a long line also includes: the first phantom dualie, the first body-dropped truck, and the first extensively modified '88 Chevy, which literally set the bar for any future truck project builds.
So, guess what? Again, we shall be first. Close this magazine and check out two of our main cover blurbs, as they relate to General Motors' brand new, freshly released 2007 Tahoe and Yukon. We're bringing you the very first articles related to the all-new GM truck platform. There is a great story on how to drop a new Tahoe from McGaughy's suspension. Also, make sure to check out the world's first body-dropped '07 Silverado...well, almost. Take a look at the story and you'll see what I mean.
However, the most monumental first I am super-excited about is our brand new AIRAID/Truckin' Project Tahoe. I am terrible about coming up with really great project names, so I am more than open to any great names you may have for this project. Included is a behind-the-scenes image of the Tahoe as it was undergoing a new body kit to give this thing some looks and depth, something it is sorely missing. The way the entire project came together is even funnier. I and one of Truckin's sales representatives, Bill Middaugh, who reps for AIRAID, were over in Phoenix, Arizona, AIRAID's corporate headquarters, taking a tour of their facility and discussing the state of world affairs when, lo and behold, they pop open the back doors to their immaculate R&D center and I see a brand new '07 Tahoe.
Coincidentally, we also have an AIRAID air intake article in this very same issue highlighting the fact that AIRAID was the first to market with an air intake that makes quite decent power. Anyway, back to the story: I ask what the company plans are for this Tahoe, and they tell me: basically nothing, other than them needing the SUV for research and development. Well, over a long lunch we quickly formulate a plan that immediately includes me driving the Tahoe back to Orange County, California, and dropping it off with several of the aftermarket industry's most respected names for their research and development, all in the name of building one bad-ass ride that by the time you actually read this column will be completed and have already led one leg of our annual State 2 State Cruise, culminating at the Truckin' Havasu Spring Break Nationals. While there, it will be proudly on display, and I am sure it will be a major hit. How can it not be?
Without the major talents of the following companies, this project would not have worked out in the limited six-week time span we had in which to complete it. So, my most sincere thanks go out first and foremost to AIRAID's president and owner, John Levitz; National Sales Manager Chris Thomson; and Marketing Director Kevin Wilson, who let me take a vehicle with only 300 miles on it and drive it back to our office immediately to begin on a six-week mad dash with no idea what the end result would be. All I can say is: thanks, guys. Also, without Street Scene Equipment President Mike Spagnola, McGaughy's Suspension President Mike McGaughy, Baer Brakes President Todd Gartshore, Weld Racing VP of Marketing Boyd Coddington Jr., Dave Taylor at Roadwire, Jenny Mehlow at Sony Electronics, Audio Innovations President Joe Provenzano, Robin Kroll at Phoenix Imaging, Dana Zamalloa at Toyo Tires, Shawn Gibson of Gibson Performance, Ernie Bunnell of 3dCarbon, Louie Morosan of The Custom Truck Shop, and finally, Theresa Contreras of L&G Enterprises, none of this would have been possible. So, thank you to everyone for their support and for understanding our incredibly tight deadlines all in the name of being, once again, first.