DO WHAT YOU WANT
Ithink my last editorial column included something about how keen I was to feature the following issue’s cover car, and this issue is that following issue. That car, as you will no doubt have seen, is Brian Mathews’ fully sick ’59 Ford Galaxie — a car that I’d feel quite comfortable in ranking among the coolest vehicles we’ve ever featured. Of course, that ‘cool’ word is a subjective one, and something I’m conscious of trying not to bang on about too much — but for this car, I’m making an exception. I think it’s cool because it is an enormous middle finger towards convention, and towards what many people would think a car needs to be in order to make the cover. If you’ve forked out the not-inconsiderable coin for a full Art Morrison chassis and huge 598ci Jon Kaase Boss engine, the obvious choice would be to finish the car to the highest of standards — mirror-like paint, detailed chassis, fully upholstered interior — so the whole world can know just how awesome your car is. Or you could do what Brian did, and keep the original paint with all its patina, and the original interior with bench seats front and rear, so the car may keep on serving as a grossly overpowered bar leaner to be enjoyed by him and his mates. If you were so kind as to read my editorial last issue, you’re sure to have read Todd’s, too, which will mean you will also remember that the argument of what determines a cover car — or a feature car, for that matter — is largely a subjective one, as is what makes a car cool. While we’ve got a little feature in this issue about global trends and what’s hot in the international car scene, it’s by no means a guide as to what makes a car cool. In fact, if I can provide a bit of unbiased commentary, I’ll admit that I find some of the cars used as examples seriously uncool. This car, on the other hand … That’s enough from me; cool is in the eye of the beholder, and in my mind you should be turning the pages to read about the Galaxie in all its glory. You can just sit back and enjoy an alternative photo of it in all its glory.