By now, just about everyone has learned of the demise of SA, its website, and its discussion forums. While it is in some senses the “end of an era”, it is also a moment of truth for our beloved hobby.
I started writing for the former Scale Auto Enthusiast Magazine in 1982. In 1989, The late Gary Schmidt, who founded SAE, asked me to pen a column for a new sister publication to be called CAR MODELER knowing my penchant for replica stock modeling – which I was happy to do, called it STRICTLY STOCK, and lasted through the five years of that magazine’s existence. STRICTLY STOCK then moved to the pages of SAE, and I am still to this day grateful and appreciative for all the kind words and comments from our readership. That column, and my relationship with the magazine, ended with the “revamp” into SA without an E. From that moment on, I have been happily a part of MODEL CARS Magazine – and that relationship remains unbroken.
Gregg, like Gary Schmidt before him, understands that this hobby is not a solitary one – that there is a social aspect to it. Not everything is about “How to [fill in the blank].” Both men infused their magazines with that spirit, and fortunately for us, one of those magazines kept that spirit alive and kicking – and Gregg deserves major kudos for that. As my dear friend, the late John Slivoski, one of the founders of NNL East, once commented to me over a hamburger at Johnny Rockets, “Its not about the little plastic cars. It’s about the friendships we make along the way BECAUSE of the little plastic cars!”
I’ve known Gregg for many years, and he has become one of my closest friends. I’ve known the trials and tribulations he has gone through and continues to go through, and I also know firsthand of his love for the hobby and his passion to keep MODEL CARS afloat despite all the obstacles he has faced. I am both proud and happy to stand with Gregg in the reboot of the magazine, and to help keep the promise of MODEL CARS being the best and most relevant publication devoted to our beloved hobby.
Its been said that nobody gets rich writing for a magazine. While that may be true, I look upon it as a labor of love, much the same as our hobby is a labor of love, as twelve years of STRICTLY STOCK was a labor of love for me. That said, I hope you will join me in welcoming MODEL CARS Magazine back into the fold, with the promise of it being better than ever, and to promote efforts to keep the brotherhood of our worldwide model car community alive and well.
Larry Greenberg, Associate Editor, MODEL CARS MAGAZINE