We’re all in this together
It seems as though I hear that diesel is dead or dying several times a month. Especially since the Volkswagen cheating fiasco, I have heard report after report that diesel cars and trucks in the United States market are dead. am here to tell you diesel is not dead nor is it on life support; in fact, quite the opposite is happening. While VW has successfully killed off its own diesel segment in the US, other manufacturers have seen the benefits of turning to turbodiesel and have steadily been increasing their diesel product offerings. With Chevrolet, Nissan, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Jaguar, Jeep and others offering new diesel models in the last year and more expected in the coming year, we have a healthy diesel market in addition to the steady flow of diesel powered 3/4- and 1-ton trucks that we are used to seeing.
We will continue to bring new diesel vehicle reviews to you as we are able and of course we will keep covering the best of the best competition, show and daily driver trucks to help you with ideas and inspiration for your own diesel ride. Not only are the factory diesel offerings expanding; aftermarket diesel performance companies are continuing to offer more and more products designed to make our diesel cars and trucks better and better. So keep turning wrenches and have fun with your diesel whether it’s a new model fresh off the lot or a classic that has been in the family since new. We are all one big diesel-loving family.
Of course there are environmentalists, lobbyists and regulators that want the American automotive market to go all electric despite the fact that the electricity has to come from somewhere, which still includes coal-burning pow- er plants. Some of these people would like all others to conform to their ideals and give up gas or diesel burning vehicles to avoid doing further damage to the environment.
And unfortunately, some people within the performance diesel hobby and lifestyle continue to give these people ample reason to want to shut the industry down. When they blow smoke, blacking out public roads and highways, they are putting lives in danger due to lack of visibility. But they are also putting the diesel lifestyle in jeopardy by giving others the evidence and ammunition that could be used against us. When you are on public roads and highways, remember that they are just that—public. Treat others with respect by keeping the smoke to a minimum.
While I was driving to the Rudy’s spring event (see coverage starting on page 72) I witnessed the driver of a black second-gen Dodge with a large orange Cummins “C” on the back window acting like a fool on the road to the track blowing so much smoke it was hard for me to see through it. It would have been a serious black eye on the whole diesel family if this had caused an accident. There are those who want to shut us down already; don’t do anything stupid to make them more determined to get rid of us!
Like the saying goes, one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch. If you know someone that thinks it’s cool to black out the highway, or have been that someone, please stop and tell them to stop. Don’t be that person! Once you get to the track or event you can have fun with your friends, but keep the excessive smoke in a controlled environment like the track or dyno, not the streets. Performance diesel motorsports are tons of fun and I hope we are able to enjoy racing, pulling, showing and dynoing our diesel machines long into the future, but if we are not responsible with the power we wield under our right foot and under the hood we could be in for a very rude awakening and lose access to the sport we all enjoy so much.
I hope you enjoy this issue; we have some awesome feature trucks (including the restored and customized 1st Gen Dodge starting on page 18) and great tech as well as ten full pages of Ultimate Callout Challenge coverage (starting on page 26) and highlights from Rudy’s, so dig in and enjoy. Drop me an email and let me know what you think, and if there is something you want to see in the magazine let me know. Until next time keep it shiny side up and have fun wherever you are! UDBG
Man would I love to park a new 2.8L Duramax-powered Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 in my driveway. It would definitely see some serious off-roading as often as possible!
On the other end of the spectrum, we see great life in the diesel market when guys like Jason Gunn painstakingly restore and enjoy classic diesel trucks like this one, rather than simply sending it to the scrapyard.