Street Trucks Magazine Letter from the editor Chris Hamilton. Living the Life and Printing the Passion!
Ever since I was a kid, and even before I could drive, the custom truck scene was all I cared about and my family members always said I’d grow out of it. They said, “Eventually your values will change as you get older, and you won’t care about spending money and time on your vehicle. All you need a vehicle for is to get from point A to point B. Surely your career or school or family life or investments will get in the way of your silly little truck hobby.”
Well, I’m 41 now, and aside from my amazing wife and beautiful daughter, trucks are still the first thing I think of when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I think of when I go to sleep at night. It’s a sickness, and I have a feeling you’re probably self-diagnosed with the same condition.
So many people throughout my life could never comprehend why I would spend so much time, money and effort working on an old truck or my daily driver. Especially those times when I had to ask for a ride because my truck wasn’t able to make it to the parts store. Eventually as I got older, the sickness got even worse and there was no over-the-counter medicine that could help. Working on trucks turned into working on flyers and websites for all the local events and car clubs. Of course, I did that for free because it was a passion of mine, but I got a lot of heat from family and friends who thought I should be charging for this stuff.
Now as I am older and about as deep into a lifestyle as it can get.
I still find myself getting a ride from my wife to the auto parts store because the truck is incapacitated at the moment, or explaining to my daughter why she has to spend a few hours in the sun walking around the field full of show cars and trucks.
They definitely don’t understand the love we have for the trucks and the people that surround this amazing industry, but if you’re anything like me, the family and friends you surround yourself with love and support your passions more than anyone ever has before.
So, you want my recommendation?If you’re a truck guy, you’re a truck guy and you know it. Own it and live it every day!