For work and for play
The theme for this issue is Work Trucks, but that doesn’t mean it will be a boring issue. We’ve put together a good mix of tech and feature articles that applies directly to most work trucks but doesn’t leave out the performance enthusiast in you. The Cummins, Duramax and Power Stroke tech articles can help you address and improve issues and areas of your truck whether it’s used for work, for your daily commute or is exclusively reserved for play or show duties. Speaking of show trucks, they can be work trucks too— think about the Diamond Eye Performance Ram and the Matchbox Super Duty featured in this issue. Both of those trucks do work by being on display and drawing attention to their company. Their work is to draw eyeballs to their cause and they both do it well.
In addition to the tech and feature articles we also have a first look at the 2019 GMC Sierra half-ton pickup, and we look forward to bringing you more information on the new 3.0L diesel engine as soon as we are able. We also plan to slip behind the wheel of a diesel half-ton Sierra or corporate sibling Silverado as soon as possible, too. To round out the issue, we have coverage of two events (one from Ohio and one from Tennessee) and another Reader’s Ride minifeature. Remember, if you feel that your truck is worthy of being featured in the magazine but we haven’t done a photo shoot with you yet, one of the best ways to get noticed is to send us photos and a description of your truck and upgrades. Even if it doesn’t lead to a full-blown feature you may be the next Reader’s Ride featured in the magazine.
By the time you read this, the Spring Rudy’s event and UCC will be in the books— each event is less than a month away as I write these words. I wonder what new and unexpected things will happen at Rudy’s and if we’ll see a new Ultimate Callout Champion a week later—or will the Firepunk dominance turn into a 3-peat championship and the beginnings of a diesel dynasty? No matter what happens we can be sure that it will be exciting, and the UDBG staff will be there with their cameras pointed at the action to bring it to you here and in our sister magazine Diesel World.
As for the work-versus-play conundrum—i’ve been told that I have the coolest job in the world, traveling and witnessing firsthand some amazing automotive adventures and incredible automotive accomplishments. Over the years I have ridden in race cars with legends like Mario Andretti and Robby Gordon and have even earned a Baja 1000 class win. So yeah, my job is pretty darn cool! But on the other hand, driving through the night or sitting at my desk for hours on end to meet deadlines can be rough too, so it certainly is work. Even at times when I have been languishing at the keyboard trying to make the right words come out (like now, when it’s been about 28 hours straight), I can lean back and think about all the cool people I’ve met and things I’ve done and witnessed. The pain and frustration fades away and it is all good! No matter what work you do or where your diesel adventures take you, have fun, be good, and until next time keep it shiny side up! UDBG
Which one is a work truck—or are they both work trucks? Really all diesel trucks are work trucks, aren’t they?!?