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2006 Hummer H2 - Cover Quest

Finding A Reader's Truck Worthy Of Being On The Cover Of 8-Lug

Nov 1, 2010
The entry date for Cover Quest 2010 has passed, and we are now scrambling to select the best trucks from the entries so we can present them to you on the pages of 8-Lug. Response has been humbling-apparently there's a strong desire to be on the cover of this magazine. We'll continue to show the best trucks through the December issue and then make arrangements to set up a cover shoot of the winner's truck, which will run sometime in 2011. Next month, the winner of the 2009 Cover Quest gets his moment of glory with a cover shot.
The Panel
If you haven't realized it yet, Cover Quest is in the hands of the critics you see here. Their decisions are final and you can count on their comments to be brutally honest or sincerely encouraging.
Each reviewer has a different specialty, but in the end, two or more judges must agree on the worthiness of each CQ truck for it to move into the final round of elimination. Typically, selections for publication have been a confidential thing, handled behind the scenes of a magazine like 8-Lug. But for 2010, we're showing you the people behind the curtain. Well, most of them, anyway.
Bob Carpenter
His career with automotive magazines dates back to 1982 when he was an editor of Dirt Rider magazine. After the stint with motorcycles, Bob subsequently took the reins of magazines like Custom Classic Trucks and Truck Builder and never looked back. He's contributed to more than 20 other automotive publications as well.
Photo 2/11   |   2006 Hummer H2 bob Carpenter
Bob knows what it takes for a truck to be good enough to make it onto the cover of 8-Lug, and he doesn't hold back.
Larry Saavedra
With 20-plus years covering custom trucks and cars, Larry is a Telly Award-winning producer of Four Wheeler TV and most recently the editor of RV magazine.
Photo 3/11   |   2006 Hummer H2 larry Saavedra
His career started in 1985 at Truckin' magazine and he was responsible for launching niche titles like Mini Truckin' and 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine. With his insight of the aftermarket and a lifetime of automotive culture under his belt, Larry will be one tough judge to please. But you can count on him to be encouraging, no matter how you rate.
Mystery Judge
Much like Simon Cowell has defined American Idol, our mystery judge has wreaked a lot of havoc in the pages of 8-Lug.
Photo 4/11   |   2006 Hummer H2 mystery Judge
People have gone out and spent lots of money to change their trucks after the mystery judge ripped them for this or that.
With the benefit of anonymity, the mystery judge can let the opinions fly without having to worry about answering to anyone.
This is the one judge the trucks are going to have to impress the most to get a thumbs-up.
The Truck: 2006 Hummer H2
The Owner: Herman Seijas
The Location: Norfolk, Virginia
The High Point: RubberDuck Treehugger brushguard
The Lift: 6 1/2-inch Fabtech lift kit
The Wheels/Tires: 20-inch KMC Rockstar wheels with Toyo M/T tires
The Sound System: Jensen 7-inch flipout with JL Audio subwoofers and amp
Photo 5/11   |   2006 Hummer H2 right Side Angle
Hum Along
"My name is Herman Seijas," the letter began. "I am a 28-year-old serving in the Navy, currently stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. Here are some of the new mods I've done to my rig. Hope you guys at 8-Lug like it." Herman's H2 has a lot of smoke going on starting with Recon smoked cab lights, IPCW smoked LED turn lamps, and IPCW smoked running lamps. A Recon 90-watt strobe kit makes sure the truck gets attention. The exterior trim is matte black and the door handles are by SMA. A RubberDuck 4x4 custom-built Treehugger brushguard dominates the visual cues of this Hummer. KMC 20-inch Rockstar wheels are wrapped with 37-inch Toyo M/T tires. The interior has a lot of painted trim pieces and some simulated carbon-fiber dash pieces. A nice detail on this truck is the matching painted engine components. Herman uses a Hypertech power programmer and a Performance MAF sensor. K&N's intake filters the air while a Borla muffler and RBP tip combine to expel the spent exhaust gases.
Bob Carpenter
It's a Hummer. I'm not putting it on the cover. No way. That would be a sales-prevention move if I ever saw one.
Photo 9/11   |   2006 Hummer H2 thumbs Down
It's a nice Hummer, though.

Mystery Judge
Geez, Bob. You could be a little nicer here, don't you think? So, it's a Hummer...isn't this exactly why we took the word "diesel" out of the magazine title and replaced it with "HD"? So that you could include a few other vehicles our direct competition can't? I'm not going to go into a deep market analysis complete with PowerPoint presentation and all that, but I do agree it's not the best choice for the cover. But you have to do 12 in a year, right? At least give the guy credit for building an interesting vehicle.
Photo 10/11   |   2006 Hummer H2 thumbs Up
Larry Saavedra
Yeah, Bob-you're too comfortable in that big leather chair. It is technically an eight-lug, and I'm glad Herman submitted it. He did an excellent job and I can appreciate all the work he's done. I don't know how he found time to build a truck and serve in the Navy! I do agree that it doesn't really fit with 99 percent of the 8-Lug audience and by putting it on the cover you could very well T-off the suits at Source Interlink Media-ultimately putting your coveted position in jeopardy. Then again, wouldn't that mean your fancy leather seat would be vacant for someone to snatch? Hummers can be very cool, but I'd like to see more custom features and less bolt-ons. So in that regard, I'll have to give it a thumbs-down.
Photo 11/11   |   2006 Hummer H2 thumbs Down



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