There's an old saying that goes "The more things change, the more they stay the same." Well rest assured, despite Rob's departure, you'll not notice any huge changes in R&C, with the exception of my name at the top of this column. Sure, we had our disagreements on occasion, but it was a pleasure to work with a guy who's been my friend for many years before I moved to this country. I wish him well, though you'll still be seeing his name here as he'll be freelancing for us. See, the more things change...

Regular readers will know I've been with R&C for seven years, so I'm hardly the "new guy," and will have picked up on the type of cars I like and the style of tech stories and project builds I undertake. Again, none of that is going to change. I have no brand loyalty, per se, though the 1928-29 Model A will always be the finest body style ever, at least in my world. I own an early Model A (of course!) lakes race car, a custom 1949 Chevy, and an odd doesn't-fit-any-particular-pigeonhole 1946 Ford sedan-turned-pickup. Oh, and a 318 1973 Dodge shortie van I plan on using to tow the race car to Bonneville. Not exactly loyal to one brand or era, huh?

Speaking of that 1949 Chevy, or "Project Purple Pig," I fully intend to get that wrapped up this year, now that the Tribute T is finished and my race car is getting close to being finished with a totally different powertrain. It's been dormant for way too long, and deserves to be finished, painted, and upholstered. Oh, and I have no plans to start running van stories, should that last paragraph have you wondering! Our mid-1960s cutoff will remain the same.

I'll still be tackling as many of my own tech stories as my new responsibilities will allow, as I firmly believe a hands-on approach by an author results in the best tech articles. In fact, I don't think you'll even notice anything different. I'm still opening mail from when Rob asked what you wanted to see in the magazine, and I welcome any and all input. Oh, and I hear ya: more customs. See, the more things change...

Jim Thompson
Saxonburg, Pennsylvania
1936 Ford Cabriolet
Rod & Custom/Coker Tire Fab Five Winner

We here at Rod & Custom are proud to announce the overall winner of the Fab Five award program, presented by Coker Tire. Jim Thompson's 1936 Ford Cabriolet emerged as the eventual winner, and Jim will be receiving a set of Coker wheels and tires of his choice. Congratulations Jim! If you missed the feature on the 1936, it's in our Mar. 2014 issue, as well as online at www.rodandcustommagazine.com.