The question I get asked more than any other is: “How can I get my (fill in the blank) featured in Diesel Power?” My advice is put yourself in us editors’ shoes. Each month it’s like the season opener on diesel stories. We’d like to shoot everything we see, but we only have a limited amount of pages. For example, the Readers’ Rides section on DieselPowerMag.com has 2,104 entries. Our print Readers’ Diesels section gets about three new entries each day— although, due to picture-quality problems or incomplete technical data, many entries end up sitting in my disorganized folders. A few years back, Trevor Reed wrote an article in Diesel Power that provided tips for taking better images—reviewing that piece will get you closer to getting your ride in Diesel Power.
Build Your Diesel Your Way
If you read Diesel Power regularly, you already know Editor David Kennedy loves off-road race trucks that are also street legal. Evidence of this comes from the fact that there was a stock-appearing, fullsize truck airborne on his first cover as editor of Diesel Power. Racing is not all Kennedy likes, however. A diesel with great attention to detail and an overall execution that produces great photographs (like the Night Stalker on February’s cover) will also get into the magazine. Second in command is Jason Sands. He’ll print anything having to do with junkyard builds that go fast from a dead stop. He also likes multipurpose rigs, hyper-mileage cars, and monster trucks. Mike McGlothlin has a soft spot for vehicles with great character. This means the truck was built slowly—while in use—and on a budget. He distills years of experience, ideas, and prudent modifications in a few pages. The diesel story I want to write is the one about the girl (and her Dad) who built her own drivetrain system in her garage and now only needs to fill up her truck twice a year. She also grows switchgrass in her backyard and uses supercritical steam to turn it into diesel fuel for her car, house, and neighborhood.
I Also Like Military Vehicles
Rodney Dial is from Alaska and sent me pictures of his ’56 Saracen six-wheel-drive British-armored personnel carrier. In 500 hours, the entire truck was rebuilt and re-powered with a DT466 and Allison transmission. Steele Shrum, owner of Alaska Diesel Power, did the fabricating, and the local shipyard even got involved by forming the steel for the floor. The Saracen now has 14R20 run-flat tires, a weight of 21,000 pounds, and a maximum speed of 70 mph. Its air suspension raises the middle wheels to allow for tight turns. Rodney uses this unique vehicle to advertise his tattoo studio.
Do What You Like
Diesel Power features so many different vehicles and topics each month because we cover all things diesel. On second thought, maybe don’t worry so much about what we like. Instead, just keep working on the projects that drive you and send us an email telling us about it. You just might find your diesel on the cover.