I think Bill Shakespeare said, "parting is such sweet sorrow." Whether he wrote it or not, few truer words have ever been spoken. I am sad to announce that this is my last editorial column
in Circle Track. I have been with Source Interlink Media for just about five and a half years. After my first month I took a leap of faith and moved from New Jersey to sunny Florida, not knowing if a career in automotive journalism was something I was even interested in. I knew I loved cars and I could put a sentence together, now five and a half years later, I've written for six different magazines, built friendships with some amazing people, and got to know the automotive aftermarket from an amazingly unique perspective. And I have to say, if I could do it all over again, there is very, very little I would change!
I love cars—in just about all forms. I grew up around them, raced them, worked on them, and I thought I knew a lot, that is until I got thrown into a conversation with people who actually knew a lot about cars. I really thought I was in way over my head. Five and a half years later, I still feel in over my head, but I know how to handle it much better now.
I have learned so much from so many people, there is no way to thank everyone on the list. I wouldn't have spent the last year and a half at Circle Track if it wasn't for Rob Fisher. Rob, thank you! You have been an amazing boss and a great friend! I am going to miss working for and with you!
Bob Bolles, thank you for always pushing me to write at a higher level technically and to learn as much as possible. I appreciate you always being there as a mentor and a guide as I grew into the CT team.
I'll still be around. Just because I am moving on doesn't mean you aren't going to see my name on a byline anymore. I'm going to try to contribute as much as I can to current projects and the occasional story here and there. The magazine (and Source Interlink Media in general) has been good to me, and I look forward to remaining a part of the CT and SIM team, although in a much lesser capacity.
In my new position I will remain in the automotive aftermarket, and still have the opportunity to work with many of the magazines, just in a different way. I will be doing a large portion of the marketing for an aftermarket suspension company. I will also write when I have the time to do so. I love testing parts and writing about the results, and helping to educate readers on whatever the topic is—I don't know if that is something I will ever give up.
I'm going to miss writing "Wheel to Wheel" each month. Maybe Rob will let me write one every once in a while to vent my racing frustrations or simply voice my opinion from time to time. Until then, thank you for letting me have my dream job, listing to my BS, and being so loyal to such a great magazine. I have truly been honored to have been a part of Circle Track and I have thoroughly enjoyed the last year and a half! While I am excited to move, the thought of leaving is very sad!