Here it is, the difficult third album.
Once again I must start by apologising for the delay. We are nothing if we are not ambitious and I promise you things behind the scenes are improving. Striving for professional production values with a £300 laptop and Microsoft PowerPoint certainly comes with its challenges - as always I must thank the massive amount of goodwill and free time given by those who are committed to the cause, I am so very grateful for their help and input. I’m confident issue 004 will be on time - it’s set to be a corker and I cannot wait to share it with you.
In the meantime I’m so proud to say we’ve reached over 18,000 people. All we are trying to do is create a magazine we want to read. It starts and ends there, but it certainly seems to be striking a chord. So, what's in store for you over the next 146 pages and 37,000 words? Once again we have some new kids on the block, and in the case of Michael Greenfield-Raban that’s a literal statement. He may only be 13 years old, but he writes well beyond his years and his obsession with cars is matched only by our own. It’s become a new part of the mission statement to encourage the next generation to pursue a career in cars - Michael eases himself into the mix by sharing his interview with Yukihiko Yaguchi, the chief engineer for Lexus’ F Division, before discussion the brief history its cars. It won't be the last time you hear from him.
Next up is Wayne Goodman. A friend of RUSH, you may already know him as ‘lifeinthefastwayne’ on the various social media platforms, out exploring in his orange Lotus Exige sidekick Fanta. Wayne can stay up late into the night chewing the fat over cars, and offered his car and words for one of the centrepieces of this issue. Initially I was reluctant to permit an owner to review their own car for fear of bias, but whilst his essay is a passionate one, he also tells it how it is - warts and all. As Exiges stop rolling off the production line at Hethel, it’s important to get the full picture of where Lotus is and what its till stands for as the beloved company transitions into its new era.
Elsewhere you’ll find some extensive bickering in the hot hatch war, the first in an ongoing series of articles in which four of us have put our own meagre personal funds into a hot hatch of choice, then immediately proclaimed it as the best thing since sliced bread. We light the blue touch paper on p58 by introducing each purchase and how it’ll vanquish all comers “in the twisties”.
I do hope you enjoy our third publication