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Meet The New Editor Of Diesel Power Magazine - Particulate Matters

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KJ Jones
Sep 18, 2014
If, by some chance (or miracle), this is the first issue of Diesel Power you've ever opened, welcome to the magazine! And, congratulations on joining me in the "New Guy/Girl" Club, an exclusive society made up of folks—male or female—who are just getting their feet wet with this brand and/or with diesel trucks or cars.
Being new also applies to members of the team who put this magazine together. I actually fall into both segments of the category. After what seems like a lifetime of playing with and working with late-model Ford Mustangs (as tech editor, senior tech editor, and editor—for a brief moment—of the former 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords magazine), I now find myself smack-dab in the middle of the diesel scene, as Diesel Power's newest editor.
Yes, I've been appointed to the Big Chair as Mike McGlothlin's (who isn't gone "for good" by the way) successor, and I'm charged with making sure DP continues to meet—and hopefully exceed—the high level of excellence many of you have come to know, trust, and expect over the last decade.
If any of this newness is a surprise to you veteran readers, trust me, being asked to take over this brand was one of the biggest surprises of my career. Up front, I don't come into this job with "expert" credentials of any sort (yet). However, the passion I have for all types of performance is honest and deep. Be it a car, truck, go-kart, mini-bike, or even a big wheel, I dig it if it makes "big steam" (the term of endearment car guys use when talking about lots of horsepower) and raw-dog torque, and I really love exploring ways of making boatloads of either one, by whatever means.
Photo 2/2   |   Here's my girl…a 1995 Ford F-350 dualie I affectionately call "Big White." White is a super-spoiled (oil and filters changed every 3,000 miles, and the tach's needle has only been past 3,000 rpm four times in the 10 years I've owned her), moderately modified dualie that's primarily used for towing my enclosed race trailer, hauling stuff, and also just for cruising around in—simply because I like listening to the "clack, clack, clack, clack, clack" sound of her 7.3L Power Stroke. Despite my newness to Diesel Power, OBS fans may recognize Big White. The truck has been the test subject in a few tech articles—a few of them penned by our other "new guy," Trevor Reed.
That's definitely my plan with Diesel Power: to continue making inroads on the performance side of the diesel hobby, by bringing you hard-core tech experiments and detailed insights on engines, trucks, and cars, courtesy of the fantastic group of staff writers and freelance contributors (Mike now joins those ranks) who help make this magazine happen.
Staff editor Trevor Reed is also one of the "new" guys here. However, in the grand scheme (and ironically), he's a new guy who's got a lot more time with the brand than I do. Trev is actually part of the old guard at Diesel Power, having served on the magazine's original staff (as a feature editor) from 2006 to 2008, and then again as a freelance contributor to DP since 2011. I'm very happy he's back with the group full time, and I know that as a collective unit, we're all going to provide you with the very best in all things diesel—in the printed magazine, and also through dieselpowermag.com.
Based on the many diesel-related videos I've watched online (the ones showing enthusiasts doing massive burnouts, running 11s at the dragstrip in daily-driven pickups, and performing the ludicrous act of "rolling coal"), which some of you may be the stars of, I truly believe that many of you folks who are reading this probably share my feelings about high performance.
On a personal note, I've owned a 7.3L Ford Power Stroke dualie for 10 years. However, it's only now that I truly consider myself a full-fledged "diesel guy." I'm excited about being one and, as the "new guy" here at Diesel Power, I'm really looking forward to being a diesel guy and a part of this group—which includes all of you—for what I hope will be a very long time.
Kaje
KJones@enthusiastnetwork.com
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