So www.Gaugemagazine.com has been around for a long time now, somewhere around 14 years. they are currently one of the longest running car magazines around that is still free to view. No subscriptions or hoops to jump thru to see the stuff they put out. I want to say they started up in 1999. In 2001 my wife bought her Pontiac Sunfire new off the dealer lot and I started working on it a week or two later. As time went by I learned about gauge magazine and would hop online every month and check out the new issue, look at the cool rides, the shows they attended and I decided I wanted my car to one day be in the magazine. A few years pass and my car was getting more and more work done to it. My photos started showing up in the events section from shows we were going to and I remember how cool I thought it was to make it in there, even though it was just small photos in the event section. I wanted a feature at that point.
A few more years go by and it was I believe summer 2006 Import truck bash (or at that point ITB as they got to the point of letting in all cars to the show), for those that have never gone, this was the show to go to in the midwest. they were up to a couple thousand cars entering the show. I had gotten with one of the photographers and the Sunfire got shot at the oval track during the show. but due to things happening the shoot never made it in the magazine. Nothing more dissapointing then thinking you finally made it in but it not happening. Another year or two go by and more work has been put into the car and talking to the owner of Gauge at the Indianapolis World of Wheels I talk to him about reshooting the car. He wants it and I put it off for another few months so I can hand fabricate a new dash and put new wheels on it. It's finally shot in July of 2008 and is in the August issue as the cover car. Mission complete on making it into the mag. You can find the past issue here until they convert it over to the new format. (http://archive.gaugemagazine.com/2008/August/index.htm)
A few years go past and I get to know a lot of the guys at Gauge seeing them at shows and events, by this time I'm deep into photography. the car is pretty much done being worked on. 12-13 years is a long time to work on the same thing year after year and any money I get goes into photography. I got a chance to go out to S.E.M.A in 2012 and for those of you who don't know, this is like a kid in a candy store for car guys/girls. I heard that if you walked every aisle at the show it is around 32 miles of walking. I know me and my wife were there for a week, walking the show for 4-5 hours a day and there was still tons of cars and things we never saw. The first day there we get off the tram and standing on the platform looking down at all the hundreds of cars on display on the outside of the convention center and get a call from Dan Davis. Dan is the Editor in chief at Gauge and he heard I was in town for the show and wanted to see if I would help them cover it. I was there with my camera allready so I told him no problem. I ended up providing coverage for the dub section and it was my first time having photos published in the magazine. We ended up talking more down the line and over the winter I joined the group providing coverage for them and shooting features for the magazine.
So now my first full feature with Gauge Magazine can be seen in the July 2013 issue #175 The Beast on page 126. This shoot was actually kind of speacial to me. for those that don't know me that well I got into modifying cars by way of car audio. I started competing in sound quality events back in 1997. My First year of competition in U.S.A.C. (now U.S.A.C.I.) I won the majority of my competitions and I went to the world finals in KC where I had my butt handed to me. but I loved competing and music and everything to do with it. I went on after that to Judge for a few years and got the chance to meet Alma Gates. Alma was a great lady, competing in SPL events with at the time the loudest truck in the world, this thing had so many man hours put into it, and it was everywhere and was thee truck at the time. We lost Alma a few years back and the truck had been passed on to Ryan Warnick Poundstone who brought the truck out to Slamolgy this year, I believe when we were talking he said it was the first time it had been out in around 6 years.. So for me there was a lot of memory and love for this truck and what it represented to the car audio world at the time. Thanks for letting me shoot it Ryan and to everybody who finds this. make sure you go check out Gauge Magazine and see the type of work they, well I guess I should say the type of work We put out.
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