Publisher’s Note from Dreams Auto Issue 2018
As a young boy, I had a passion and love for cars and trucks. Racing car sets were on my wish list every Christmas, and my father would reward me with new Matchbox Cars for my collection. Tonka trucks filled my private city in the backyard. Naming a manufacturer and model from the back seat of the car on highway drives occupied me for hours. That passion has carried through my entire life as it has for many people. So what is the innate appeal of automobiles and mobility? For me it is the synergy of art, design, engineering and performance. It’s the creation of a “masterpiece” unlike any other that is made flawless by blending these different elements into one.
For some, a car is just a means to get around. For those of us who are avid fans of these mechanical wonders with wheels, each car represents a time in our history and a culture of achievement.
The evolution of mechanical design and performance can be traced to pioneers and dreamers who inspired humankind to think and strive far beyond the present. Leonardo da Vinci and his volumes of mechanical designs motivated the world to innovate. American Henry Ford made horseless carriages a reality for the masses. European engineers and designers brought elegance and performance to the world. Japanese firms combined mass production and performance to better serve consumers. New entrepreneurs like Elon Musk are taking us into non-fossil energy for cleaner performance, and California and European engineers are advancing technology for greater safety.
And yet, we still marvel at the introduction of a new car. Its artistic design, innovative engineering and technology, and performance. The appeal to get into a new car today remains as strong as when we were kids.
The innate appeal of these mechanical wonders is simple: each reflect the precise integration of all elements to define our culture and make mankind mobile like never before.
Steve Tobia, Publisher Dreams Magazine
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