Evan J. Smith
December 9, 2013

One commonality between car enthusiasts is that we all fantasize about cars, about building and racing them—and we are forever making changes to the virtual projects. Like you, I am always thinking about a new project, or how I can modify an existing one. I’ve come up with enough ideas to live 10 lifetimes or more.

My fascination… errrr, obsession with modes of transportation extends to planes and trains, too. And I love speed. While I’m pretty darn happy in my current profession, I’d revel in the chance to be a professional racecar driver, and I’m not picky about selecting a class either. NHRA Pro Stock, NASCAR, or Grand Am racing all sound good. Unfortunately, I’m lacking the funds to attack those dreams and probably the talent, too. However, for a car nut, automotive journalist is the next best job. Frankly, I’m not complaining.

As for my fantasies (aka my bucket list), did I mention Pro Stock? I mean, who wouldn’t want to drop the clutch, run a sub-1-second 60-foot time, jam the gears, and run 6s at 200-plus mph? My other bucket list items include running 200 at a standing mile event, attending Bonneville, and traveling to see some of the legendary racing events.

While I love being strapped to a racecar myself, I’d like to spectate at the 24 Hours of LeMans, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and basically any Formula 1 race. For some ridiculous reason, I’d like to jump out of an airplane (with a parachute). I’m not sure why, considering my dislike of great heights.

If there is one thing that never gets old, it’s competing at new tracks and meeting new people. I was fortunate when I ran the Roush RS3 in the One Lap of America in 2012, where co-driver Jeff Lacina and I hit 10 tracks in eight days. This year I’ve ran Mustangs at Daytona International Speedway, Autobahn Country Club, and South Georgia Motorsports Park.

With our expanding digital capabilities, look for MM&FF to extend its racing reach in the coming months and years. We created the first ever Royal Purple Ladies All-Female Shootout, which you can read about on page 112, and we’re constantly adding videos and new photos to Instagram (@MMFFmagazine), Pinterest, and you can now look for fun videos on Vine. Of course, you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too.

But the bigger question is for you, the MM&FF Army. We want to know what you’re up to? What are your fantasies? What are you building and what would you like to see us cover, in features, events, and projects. Tell us, we want to know. You can chime in on any of our social media outlets or by emailing me at evan.smith@sorc.com. Thanks and we hope you enjoy this issue of MM&FF.