SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher
Our job is to educate and entertain our readers
The life cycles of a magazine must be active and evolving to survive in today’s harsh print environment. We have a new opportunity every four weeks to present this publication in fresh and interesting ways. And as the final decision maker for the growing American Iron family of magazines, I feel our job is to educate and entertain our readers with high-quality editorial and attractive presentations.
Easier said than done. I have been the editor-in-chief here since 1991, and I am fortunate to have worked with some of the best and brightest in the business. I feel all of our team has benefited from those that came before us. And that is the case once again.
Last year, our longtime editor Chris Maida retired and moved south. While Chris continues to contribute to these pages, Steve Lita stepped up and has been hard at work improving what Chris helped create. After many years as art director for American Iron Magazine and creative director for TAM Communications, Chuck Queener has just retired. I am delighted to announce that Tricia Szulewski, who has been designing our other magazines for more than a decade, is taking over from Chuck with this issue.
So, who are these “new faces” at American Iron Magazine? Good question. Both are long-term, year-round motorcycle riders and wrenches. Both have been on staff here for more than a decade. Both are MSF instructors, and both, I assure you, are passionate about and dedicated to motorcycles and riding. I feel fortunate to have them leading our team. After you look through this issue and see some of the initial improvements, I am sure you will agree.
We publish the premier and best-selling magazines in their respective areas because we have a great team. And thanks to your support and feedback, I am confident we will continue to improve when and where we can.
Mark Your Calendar
We are invited to so many great motorcycle events, rallies, and races, it’s tough to decide which to go to and still take the time to publish all our magazines (American Iron Magazine, American Iron Garage, the new American Iron Power, and American Iron Salute). In case you are curious, here are a few that we plan to attend in the next couple of months.
• Mama Tried
Held in Milwaukee, this custom bike show has grown into a very cool event.
• AMCA Meet
New Smyrna Beach,
gathering of classic
bikes for a swap
meet and bike show.
• Daytona Bike Week
Anyone reading this should
already know about this one.
• Sons of Speed Race
For the first time, pre-1925
boardtrack-style motorcycles will
race heads-up at the New Smyrna Beach Speedway. I will be racing my
Team American Iron 1915 Harley
twin, so please come cheer me on. Tickets are available at the gate or
• Handbuilt Motorcycle Show
Austin, Texas. A fast-growing show of high-quality, handbuilt custom motorcycles.
• Kickstart Classic
Maggie Valley, North Carolina,
to Denton, North Carolina. Our event for classic motorcycles (new ones are also welcome).
Ride safe, ride smart, have fun.
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