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Power Trio for PRI Magazine
By Dan Schechner on March 1, 2018

The chronicles of American sports are chock full of great signings.

Remember when the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired free-agent pitching ace Randy Johnson following the 1998 season? Over the next four years “The Big Unit” would go on to collect four straight National League Cy Young Awards alongside a World Series title in 2001.

And who could forget Shaquille O’Neal leaving the Magic Kingdom for the Magic Castle (it’s an LA thing, Google it) upon hitting the open market in 1996? Shaq would spend the next eight years contending for NBA titles—and winning three—while simultaneously bickering with Kobe Bryant over whose jersey was the bigger seller.

I’m not even kidding. There’s an entire Wikipedia entry dedicated to the “Shaq–Kobe feud” and, remarkably, this tidbit is included.

But I digress. The point here is that quality talent has a way of improving the fortunes of teams that compete in a variety of different venues. Which brings us to the March 2018 issue of PRI Magazine—and a trio of new bylines we’re proud to showcase in our pages.

A top freelance journalist for the last decade-plus, Los Angeles-based Bradley Iger has contributed feature stories, tech articles, car reviews and event coverage for the likes of Hot Rod Magazine, Power Automedia, Autoweek and more. Prior to that he was editor-in-chief of Winding Road Magazine, where he covered sports cars and motorsports for an enthusiast audience both in print and online.

Beginning on page 24, Bradley’s meticulously sourced report on key drivers and future developments in performance piston design is a must-read, providing up-to-the-minute information and analysis from leading suppliers such as CP-Carrillo, JE Pistons, MAHLE Motorsport, Wiseco and many others.

We’re equally fortunate to count ace freelance writer and photographer Mike Magda among our newest contributors. Based in South Dakota, Mike has authored stories for dozens of top publications in the automotive, racing, powersports, and technology fields. His past editor credentials include turns at Truck Trend, Chevy High Performance and Hot Truck magazines.

Mike’s comprehensive update on the state of 3D printing provides an in-depth look at current applications, various types of processes and technologies in use today, how companies are utilizing different techniques and materials to increase efficiency, and much more. Trust me, you’ll definitely feel smarter after reading this piece, which starts on page 66.

Rounding out our impressive triad is Texas-based InGear Media chief Todd Ryden. In addition to published works in an array of enthusiast magazines and websites, Ryden’s book credits include “How To Build High Performance Ignition Systems” as well as an assist in revisions of “How to Rebuild the Small-Block Chevy” and the “Chevy Small-Block Interchange Manual”.

Makes sense, too, because prior to establishing InGear Todd was director of the Street Performance Group at MSD Performance in El Paso. So he knows a thing or two about motorsports, which you’ll discover by way of his well-researched and highly informative reveal of the myriad retail sales opportunities—and strategies—in race fasteners and tie-downs, which kicks off on page 94.

PRI has had the honor of working with a number of exceedingly skilled and dedicated contributors over three decades of publishing. And many of them, particularly those who were with us in our infancy, through the years came to feel less like contractors and more like, well, family.

As for Bradley, Mike and Todd, we’re confident you’ll enjoy their submissions in conjunction with this month’s editorial package. And to our newest additions we say, “Welcome to the PRI crew…and we’ll see you all at Judy’s house for Thanksgiving dinner!”

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Dan Schechner is the Editor of Performance Racing Industry Magazine.
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