Shop Talk: John McGann’s New Column
It seems strange seeing my name on the HOT ROD masthead after more than a dozen years with Car Craft. Always the scrappy upstart, CC is the yappy dog nipping on HRM’s heels, and we always took a bit of perverse pleasure when we scooped HOT ROD on something.
Nevertheless, here I am, and I’m bringing Shop Talk, my former editor’s column in Car Craft with me. The name of the column suits me: I live in a garage in South Los Angeles and am therefore surrounded by cars and parts. Currently, I’m cohabitating with my 1967 C10 and 1993 GMC Sierra, a 1985 Camaro, four engine blocks, an Easy Run Engine Test Stand, and hundreds of miscellaneous parts and tools. If I’m not out driving or doing “work stuff ” on the computer, I’m usually working on or under one of those vehicles.
I grew up with a passionate love of cars—fixing and improving them, but always with an eye toward form and performance, rather than style and appearance. This ethos was further ingrained in me during my time with Car Craft, and my goal is to bring some of that to this great institution, the oldest in our company’s long history. More than just a magazine, HOT ROD is a living and evolving community of enthusiasts who take pride in the work they do. We in the media can elevate that work, and at the same time, support and encourage new members to be inspired to make their mark in the community as well. Let me know what you’re working on, and what you want to see more of online and within these pages.
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