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Back For Just A Bit More ... - Hoofbeats
No, you don't need to get your eyeglass prescription double-checked, I'm back here in the big comfy editor's chair for another issue or two—sorry to disappoint some of you! When I last wrote Mustang Monthly's Hoofbeats column (Sept. '14 issue) I was saying goodbye to my extended family—that's you, the reader by the way. A lot of changes were happening fast. Somewhere in all that commotion were several magazines that had to still make deadlines and be shipped off to the printer so their fans would have something in their mailbox each month; that included Mustang Monthly.
I can honestly say I had no idea in a million years I'd be right back here heading up Mustang Monthly, even if it is currently just for the November and December issues.
So where does all this leave you, the reader? Frankly, it doesn't matter who the editor is. Many of you probably don't even read the story bylines (that little line of text that state who the author and photographer is for the piece). It only comes with years of dedicated readership (and I thank all of you who have!) that some of you come to know the staff by name; people like Donald Farr, Jim Smart, and myself. Of course today, with social media being so big, it's easy to reach out to said ex-staffers and stay in touch as well. No, whomever ends up in the editor's chair will do the same thing any of us past editors have done, and that's put together the best monthly magazine dedicated to Mustang owners and enthusiasts on the newsstand. From concours vintage Mustangs to today's restomod movement, and of course late-model content that features maintenance, restoration, modification, and more we cover it for you.
Mustang Monthly is an institution in the hobby and it's not going anywhere. Over the years we've adjusted and tweaked and trimmed the issue's content to stay with the current interests of the hobby without forgetting where the hobby came from and where it all started. Over the years I've witnessed Mustang Monthly grow in size, gain readership, move to an all-color format (remember the old black and white tech photos? Yuck!), and adjust its content accordingly. We've removed columns and added columns.
We know that we can't be everything to everyone; it's simply not possible. Some readers only care about vintage, while others only want Fox-body content. Still others only care about the latest and greatest Mustang. We strive to give you something you'll enjoy in each issue and hope that you will broaden your scope a little and appreciate the rest of the hobby, even just a little bit. A Mustang is a Mustang, no matter the year or what the owner has done to it. Personally, I like to modify my cars and enjoy driving them, but that doesn't, and shouldn't, make me some sort of pariah to the hobby. The same goes for the opposite end of the spectrum. A well cared for, low-mileage original is a sight to behold and I certainly appreciate them just as much as a '67 fastback with a Coyote swap and modern brakes and suspension. Is it always your cup of tea? No, of course not, but we should still appreciate all Mustangs (yes, even the Mustang IIs, four-cylinder Foxes, V-6 late-models, inline-six first gens, and so on) and that's what we do here at Mustang Monthly, is appreciate ALL Mustangs, no matter what slice of the hobby they represent and no matter who is in the editor's chair.