The Driver's Seat - Editor's Desk
The Next New Guy
Change is inevitable. As you, our savvy readers, may have noticed, there is now a third different person running this show in just as many issues. Let me be the first to assure you that I am here for the long haul, like it or not, for better or worse. Allyson Harwood spent the past ten years shaping this magazine into what it is today, and I have every intention of continuing that legacy.
Let me take a quick moment to tell you about myself, in the least online-dating-ad-like way possible. I was born and raised in sunny Southern California and still happily reside there today. I'm also fortunate enough to be married to a wonderful woman who shares my passion for trucks, which often leads to bad decisions (really though, who doesn't need an automotive lift in their back yard?). My driveway space is taken up with an eclectic mix of four different pickup trucks, an SUV, and a classic Mustang, all of which are in various states of modification.
From a professional standpoint, I've been with our parent company for eight years now. I started on the digital side of things managing the editorial content for our off-road titles. From there I moved to the feature editor position at our sister publication, Diesel Power, and now reside as editor-in-chief of the magazine you're holding right now (be it on paper, phone, tablet, or computer). That's probably enough about who I am for now.
Thankfully, I'm not alone in this venture, or I'd never get an issue completed and out the door on time. I have a great staff backing me up that makes this whole thing possible, in print and on the web. Our senior editor, Edward Sanchez, and online editor, Melissa Spiering, have both been with the company for more than a decade, and between the two of them, they handle everything you'll read on our website, www.TruckTrend.com, along with contributing their expertise to the magazine each issue. Making sure we stick tightly to our schedule each month, and keeping an eye on grammar, is our managing editor, Lee Lovell. And the man that makes sure each issue is aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and makes all of us look good, is our art director, Andy Mock. Beyond this core group is a network of sales and management support; flip over to the masthead (page 8) to see the full list of people that make this whole thing possible.
Let's talk about trucks for a moment. With so many new pickups, SUVs, and vans hitting the market in the next 18 months, I couldn't be more excited to be coming onboard at this time in history. Ram and GM just refreshed the majority of their fullsize truck lines, giving us their most capable and fuel-efficient trucks to date. Coming later this year, we expect to see the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 hit the market, the fullsize Transit will make its debut, and the second-generation 6.7L Power Stroke diesel will propel the company's heavy-duty trucks back to the top of the power and capability fight. Nissan keeps teasing us with Cummins goodness, and GM is poised to bring back the Colorado and Canyon. And this is really just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
I had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the 2014 Ram Power Wagon, arguably one of the most anticipated new trucks of the year. Based on the Power Wagon's history I had high expectations for the company's latest iteration, and fortunately, it didn't disappoint. Rocky trails are not something that ¾-ton trucks normally handle well. However, thanks to its front and rear locking differentials, electronic disconnecting front sway bar, Ram Articulink front suspension, and 33-inch Goodyear tires, this Heavy Duty handled everything I threw at it in stride. Sure, it's not the ultimate rock crawler, or mud bogger, but it certainly holds its own when the pavement ends.
If the Ram Power Wagon is any indication of what's yet to come, it's going to be an exciting year!