Tony Gomez is a man’s man. He doesn’t park his body-dropped, flamed, and completely outrageous Silverado in the garage and then drape a car cover over it -- he drives the wheels off the thing every day. Rain, shine, Monday or Saturday, he airs it up and cruises it to work, the grocery store, and then to shows. Many times when we post a picture of a slammed truck on our Facebook page, we get negative feedback with people calling them a “waste of a perfectly good truck” or “trailer queens.” Truth be told, many of the lifted, off-road-looking trucks in the mag will never see a mudhole or be jumped over a desert whoop. But what the lifted and lowered trucks have in common is their custom appeal.

Standing out in a crowd, taking pride in doing the work yourself, and testing your truck’s limits (whether those limits are at the dragstrip, autocross, mudhole, sled pull, off-road trail, or custom truck show) are all part of why we’re in this huge custom truck fraternity. In this issue, we take a close look at the best trucks and Top 50 new parts from the SEMA show. Trucks were literally everywhere and people couldn’t stop commenting about the variety of slammed, lifted, and off-road-ready pickups. In 2014, trucks will be making headlines with several new truck and SUV launches. Also, many parts manufacturers are releasing new products that will make our trucks better and more convenient -- and we promise to show you all of it in full detail. The word custom means something different to everyone. However, one thing we can all agree on is that when it comes to a custom truck, if you can hop in it and blast away the worries of the day, you’ve got yourself a ride worth taking pride in. Keep calm and truck on.