It has been a long tradition around the automotive magazine publishing business that Truckin' Magazine creates firsts. We were the first publication to introduce our readers to the "way back in the day" van craze. We were the first to unveil a monster lifted truck running a big-block blown V-8. We were the first truck publication to feature swimsuit-clad bathing beauties on the covers consistently. While our readers either absolutely love our "Water Toys" section or completely despise it, past staffs of Truckin' had already conceived of this notion of matching themed water toys and trucks way back in 1981. Just another series of firsts in a long line also includes: the first phantom dualie, the first body-dropped truck, and the first extensively modified '88 Chevy, which literally set the bar for any future truck project builds.

So, guess what? Again, we shall be first. Close this magazine and check out two of our main cover blurbs, as they relate to General Motors' brand new, freshly released 2007 Tahoe and Yukon. We're bringing you the very first articles related to the all-new GM truck platform. There is a great story on how to drop a new Tahoe from McGaughy's suspension. Also, make sure to check out the world's first body-dropped '07 Silverado...well, almost. Take a look at the story and you'll see what I mean.

However, the most monumental first I am super-excited about is our brand new AIRAID/Truckin' Project Tahoe. I am terrible about coming up with really great project names, so I am more than open to any great names you may have for this project. Included is a behind-the-scenes image of the Tahoe as it was undergoing a new body kit to give this thing some looks and depth, something it is sorely missing. The way the entire project came together is even funnier. I and one of Truckin's sales representatives, Bill Middaugh, who reps for AIRAID, were over in Phoenix, Arizona, AIRAID's corporate headquarters, taking a tour of their facility and discussing the state of world affairs when, lo and behold, they pop open the back doors to their immaculate R&D center and I see a brand new '07 Tahoe.