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Gauge Editor-in-Chief Donnie BabbBetter Late than never…
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The month of June is going to be an absolute race for our 4th annual Slamology Car, Truck, and Music Festival. Make sure to join us on the weekend of June 23-24, 2007. For this year’s event, we have moved the dates to make it easier for participants to get us into their calendar. This year’s show is looking to be our best yet. We have extended the show times on Sunday and have turned the main stage into a large music festival featuring over 40 music acts. This one will be for the record books. Stay up on all the last minute show details daily, by visiting the official web site for the show at

As Gauge has grown and my job responsibilities have changed over the years, my passion for automotive photography has unfortunately been shoved to the side. It seems kind of crazy, because all day long I talk to photographers about their own personal automotive photo experiences. On a recent trip to Tampa Florida with some friends, all the elements came together for this month’s cover. So I blew the dust off my camera and went to work.

To start this story, I was introduced to Nolan Goins who owns this month’s cover vehicle. One of the coolest 1968 Pontiac GTO’s I have ever seen in my life. Every inch of this car is spotless and the fact that it is riding on Air and 20” spinning wheels just makes it just that much cooler. After just a few minutes of talking about that car we were off to find a place for this photo shoot. In a few hours we had found the perfect spot and Nolan was on his way to meet with us. From the time that we had started talking about shooting the car till the first shutter closed, word had spread that I was in town and a small crowd had gathered to check out the photo shoot. Not long into the shoot there was a phone call asking if we would like to have a model pose on the car. With many promises that she was a true beauty I agreed and this month’s cover shoot started to come together...

2007 Show Tour

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About 30 minutes later a car pulled up and I was introduced to this month’s cover girl Nina. As soon as I saw Nina I knew that this was truly going to be a totally cool photo shoot . If you look in the back issues at the show coverage from Hot Import Nights, Tampa you will see that she was a featured model for the show. Shortly after our introduction Nina was in her bikini and posing all over the GTO. When looking through her Gauge Girl coverage you will also see her posing on a DONK rolling on 30” wheels. You will see much more of this car in another issue of gauge this summer, I just could not resist showing off these great photos of Nina. Make sure to hit Nina up on myspace for a friend and let her know that Gauge Magazine sent you.

For the first feature vehicle this month we catch up with Staff Photographer Brad Walker on the photo shoot of Jeff Gregory’s 2005 Scion TC. With just one look at this car, it is easy to see that Jeff has spent countless hours in the garage on this topless machine. I see thousands of heavily modified vehicles every year and not many compare to this. Nice job on the car Jeff. I can’t wait to see it this summer in person.

Many of you may remember our next feature from the cover of Mini Truckin Magazine just last year. When the opportunity came to shoot this one of a kind Scion XB at Spring Fling in Panama City this past march, photographer Toby Mosholder jumped all over it. One thing to pay extra special attention on this vehicle is the totally radical rear suspension cantilever setup. This modification is one of the most radical suspension set ups we have seen to date.

We end our feature vehicles this month with staff photographer Randall Reynolds shooting one bad ass old school Isuzu Pup owned by Mike Rusnak. Crazy body mods, 20 inch wheels, a super low stance and bright paint make this flawless mini hard to beat at any awards ceremony.

For show coverage this month we start in Columbus Ohio with the newest member of the Gauge Staff, Rob Snodgrass or "Double O" as we call him around the office at the Cruisefest Nationals on May 11-13 2007. Over the past 15 years Cruisefest has grown into one of the wildest shows you will ever attend. Darrell Unzell and his staff yearly step the party up and this year was no exception to this madness. Start collecting beads and getting your beer cold for next year’s show.

The next show on our tour this month, we traveled out west and caught up with staff photographer Jason Peckovitch at the Discount Tire Street Tuner Mayhem in Morrison, Colorado on September 10, 2006. Just one look at the coverage and it is easy to see that this show not only pulls top notch vehicle, but also pulls the hottest woman in Colorado. For info on next year’s show visit

Every year on Memorial Day Weekend for the past 8 years our staff has been attending what has become one of the largest Truck and Compact Car shows in the country: Slammin and Jammin! Charlie Cobble and his top notch crew, yearly take the bull by the horns and give over 2000 participants 3 full days of non-stop fun. You will know where to find us next year on Memorial Day weekend. For info on all of Charlie’s shows visit

To finish up show coverage this month we travel to Noblesville, Indiana with Matthew Petro for the 6th Annual Chrome Carnival presented by the Indiana Freedom Cruzers. This event has become a yearly spring attraction for many auto enthusiasts in Indiana. For additional info on the Indiana Freedom Cruizers and the 2008 event visit

Well that wraps it up for me this month. As always if you have any questions, concerns or comments, do not hesitate to contact us… and if you are on mySpace, don’t forget to stop by and check out some of the cool videos we have posted there!


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