Kris Marcinak and I got to chatting the other day. What started as a bit of a rant about the state of stage rally in the United States turned into a conversation about how far we’ve come as gearheads.
15 years ago, we spent our time online getting to know people from all walks of life around the world, making friends with strangers through the process of generously helping each other solve automotive problems. We loved connecting with interesting people.
Social media came along, promising more of that exciting new hotness—only to carve us up into convenient market segments they could sell to any shady mofos with advertising budget.
Today we’re constantly dealing with gatekeeping sycophants, the endless social media hype cycle, and coming to terms with what’s next. We either find new ways to use what we’ve spent the last 20 years learning or scrap it all in favor of something completely new.
My conversation with Kris moved from Hangouts to a phone call on the way home from work to this episode of the podcast. He’s a gearhead like us who’s dedicated a lot of time and effort into making something of his automotive interests. In the last 20 years, Kris has gone from rally racing enthusiast and course volunteer to 3X national champion, race organizer, and West Coast Director of NASA Rally Sport.
If you don’t feel like everything is awesome, give this episode a play. We feel the same way.
But we’re doing something about it. (And we’d like you to join us.)