Messages from the editor

Happy New Year!!!  It is amazing to think that 9 years ago we released the first issue of Gauge Online Magazine. 

It seems like just yesterday we were on location with Todd Wilt with his Ramster truck at the very first cover shoot and scrambling around digging up show content to fill up the first issue of gauge. It seriously brings a tear to my eye when I think back at all the sacrifices we have made to make sure that Gauge Magazine stayed alive. Over these years we have made irreplaceable lifetime friendships and met thousands of hard core auto enthusiasts.  I truly believe that we here at gauge bring something different to the web every month for anyone to enjoy for free…  So please sit back and enjoy the next 9 years of gauge… We don’t plan on going anywhere so don’t you…

Next month on the weekend of February 8-10, 2008 we will be hosting our 5th annual Gauge Magazine Lifestyle hall at the Indianapolis World of Wheels.  This lifestyle hall has become a must attend for all auto enthusiast in the Midwest.  Again this year there will be non-stop entertainment with great music by DJ Kidd Kutt, a Hydraulic and Air Dance Demonstration featuring Matt Petro’s project S10 Air Dancer, and the top modern show cars in the area.  We look forward to seeing everyone there, make sure to stop by the Gauge Magazine Booth and pick up some of our cool new T-shirts and stickers.  If you would like to register your car or get some more information just give us a call at 317-856-1810 or check out the official web site at

We start off our January 2008 issue on location with photographer Razor with one of the coolest modified 2007 Jeep Sahara’s we have seen to date, owned by Chris Covert.   Chris has taken the first step to modifying this jeep by installing some of the hottest aftermarket accessories available, then he wraps it up with a killer stereo in the interior.  The awesome photography of this Sahara is brought to you from a photographer out of Springfield, IL named Razor, make sure to visit his my space page and see more of his awesome photography.

To help brighten up the cover this month and cure your winter blues Razor along with the help of Shaner from Springfield, IL hooked up with one of our hottest gauge girls to date; Dawnielle Royalty.  Dawnielle is no stranger to the car show scene, she has been active traveling the 4x4 scene with her family since she was a little girl.  Make sure to visit Dawnielle’s my space page to get a sneak peak at more photos of this true Indiana beauty.

2008 Show Tour

see our event calendar for the latest upcoming show details!

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For features this month, we catch up with staff photographer Brad Walker on two separate photo shoots. The first one is of Damon Orbinett’s 1997 Chevy Dually.  Now Damon has not skipped anything when it has come to his truck. Stock floor body drop, full air suspension, custom paint and interior are just a few of the things that make him first on trophy day. Make sure not to miss this bad ass Chevy. 

For the next feature this month, Brad had the pleasure of shooting Jeff Ball’s 1997 Honda Civic. Jeff has built a true example of a tuner vehicle with tons of motor work;  including a turbo charger and huge intercooler.  Super nice job on the Civic Jeff… Can’t wait to see your next project.

Show coverage, Show Coverage, Show Coverage… To start the year off we have one of our thickest issues to date on show coverage featuring 6 shows, from California all the way to Florida.

To start off coverage let’s take a trip to Millington, Tennessee with Brad Walker to the 4th annual Relaxed Atmosphere All Star Event.  Over the years Relaxed Atmosphere’s show has grown to a great labor day weekend show.  Make sure to add it to your calendar in 2008.

Next on the show list, we Travel out west and catch up with Cheri, Chromey, and James at two events that are both to Benefit the Children’s Hospitals in Southern California for their holiday toy drives. Both of these events attracted over 500 enthusiasts that brought out toys by the truck loads. Make sure not to miss either event in the show coverage.  These events are what make our sport stand out from others.

Balliztik Scions CHOC Carity Toy Drive

8th Annual CHOC Cruise Toy Drive hosted by Gauge

For our next event, we catch up with staff photographer Randall Reynolds at the L8est Crayz Truck and Bike Show presented by Team Chozen on the weekend of August 25-26, 2007.  Team Chozen has done a great job putting this show together. Make sure to check it out in 2008.

For as long as I can remember one of the most anticipated shows of the year is Scr8pfest presented by Pebble Pushers, with just one look at the coverage from the 2007 show; it is easy to see why… Crazy dragging, bad ass cars and hot girls make this a weekend to remember. Make sure not to miss this show in 2008

To finish up this massive issue we catch up with Brian Infinger at the 16th annual Slamfest in Tampa, Florida on the weekend of October 6-7.  Beautiful Florida weather make this show a true pleasure to attend every year… not to mention about 1000 of the most radical vehicles in the south.  If you can get to Florida for a show in late summer 2008 this is the one, don’t miss it… www.minimadness.com


Before I wrap it up this year I need to mention something that was brought to my attention just after the holidays.  Last month we featured Bruce Flannaagin’s 1968 GMC.   I was contacted by his family and Bruce was killed in a motorcycle accident on 12/24/07. Bruce was a hardcore truck guy and a longtime reader and supporter of gauge magazine. Everyone please put Bruce’s family into your prayers.

Well that wraps it up for me for this first issue of 2008… This is going to be a great year for all of us.. Stay tuned as we turn up the volume one more time….

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 add us to your friends list.

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