From the Publisher
Publisher's note: We are publishing our first issue's From The Publisher's column and Clint Dobb's great article, To The Unknown Pioneers. Clint and I were lucky enough to work with Christy and Kevin Thom at Vintage Fuel magazine. Christy was a true pioneer in the motorsports journalism arena, sharing her passion for nostalgia drag racing with all of us thru Vintage Fuel.
You will start to notice some changes to Nostalgia Drag World in the upcoming months. Current news, more timely race coverage, videos, blogs and much more. The monthly magazine section will continue to have race coverage with more of a focus on bringing you great articles, profiles on drivers, associations, groups, tracks, teams, well, you get the idea. We learned from Christy and want to bring you the behind the scenes, personal side of the sport and the great people that are involved.
Thank you for reading Nostalgia Drag World for the past two years. 2015 is here, fire 'em up!
I hope you enjoy our premiere issue of Nostalgia Drag World. When you're finished reading the magazine section of our site, please look around at the other features our website has to offer. Stop back often as we'll continue to update the site daily with news, press releases, blog updates, new bloggers, videos, and tons of new photos.
Thank you to everyone that has helped breath life into our vision. We couldn't have done this without your passion for our sport. You will see some of their names throughout our site. Thank you also to Martin Libhart, Connell Miller and Wayne Satterlee (our web guru) for your hard work and dedication to our vision. This would not have happened without you guys. Special thanks to John Shapiro, Cruisin' TimesMagazine, for your support and encouragement. Finally, I would like to thank Christy Thom for letting me become a part of nostalgia drag racing, full-time. Thank you Christy, for sharing your passion and for showcasing this sport along with sharing your knowledge in marketing and business in general. You are truly talented and I'm proud to call you my friend.
I had the pleasure of working with Christy and Kevin Thom at Vintage Fuel for many years. Clint Dobbs, a co-worker at Vintage Fuel, has put into words his thoughts and feelings about Christy and Vintage Fuel. Please enjoy and take a moment to remember a true "modern day pioneer" in our sport.
Rob Huckstadt, Publisher
To the Unknown Pioneers
by Clint Dobbs
Just as no one really knows who coined the terms “Hot Rod” or “Drag Racing,” there are countless contributors to our great sport who will likely never receive the credit they truly deserve. Of all the persons fitting this description, one comes readily to mind….Christy Thom, the proprietor of “Vintage Fuel” magazine.
Christy Thom came into the motorsports journalism arena having worked in marketing for the Nevada casino gaming industry. And although she was well established in her career, Christy left the glam and glitter of Las Vegas to pursue a dream that she had…bringing fame and recognition to the fledgling sport of Nostalgia racing. Anyone who knew Christy, also knew that she was the woman for the job. To say that she was a harbinger of things to come is an understatement of monumental proportions. Christy had the mind and the means to make things happen in a big way. From scratch, she assembled a staff of investors, journalists, photographers, sponsors and promoters that other publications would have sold their first born children to acquire. Her plan was simple enough: since there wouldn’t be a lot of monetary reward for her staff, they would all need one vital element of character….a profound love of the sport. Christy nailed that one in spades.
Vintage Fuel magazine came out of the gate hitting on all cylinders. With stunning photography and reputable journalism, Vintage Fuel put a new face on the Nostalgia movement. While most of the commercial magazines were focused primarily on California-styled Nostalgia racing, Christy’s operatives were hard at work bringing coverage to events nationwide and abroad. As the magazine grew, so did the website and sponsorship, along with the merchandise.
While Vintage Fuel was rapidly gaining momentum, another force lay lurking beneath the surface…the internet! The result of the web’s “free journalism” coupled with its numerous interactive features caused an industry wide drop in the sales of motorsports magazines with “fanzines” being the hardest hit. Caught in the landslide of journalistic tectonics, Vintage Fuel died a quick and silent death - much to the lament of staff and subscribers alike. And although several parties came forth with offers to purchase Vintage Fuel, Christy did the honorable thing by allowing her investors to claim the write-off.
So next time you snag a commercial magazine off the shelf and reluctantly plunk your hard earned greenbacks down, try to wrap your mind around the logistics of how such a publication came to be. And, don’t forget to shed a tear or two for one of the noblest efforts in motorsports journalism ever conceived and make room in your mental hall of fame for Vintage Fuel magazine and Christy Thom.
Nostalgia Drag World - by Clint Dobbs for Nostalgia Drag World
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