I've been going through a stack of them this last week and I must say, for a newsletter it is quite good. In fact, for a small 'zine it is quite good. And when you consider how much of that work was done by just a few people, and in many cases just one person, it is impressive.
The reason I have been doing this is I want to take in the history and evolution of The Blitz because... I am now it's editor. This may be just a trial but I hope my role in getting this publication put together and mailed out continues until at least when I run out of things to say.
I realize that the frequency of publication has been "irregular" as of late, and while making excuses can't make it all better, if you consider the intended nature and purpose of this publication and the part it plays in the Opel Motorsport Club, and compare that to the level of activity, as I understand it, in that club, well at least there are good reasons for this irregularity.
No one who has been involved in the Blitz wanted to see it disappear so instead of ceasing publication they let things go somewhat dormant while they found someone with the ideas and energy to help get it going again. I guess that is me. I had expressed an interest a while back but was waiting for more stable economic situation at my home. Well, that hasn't quite materialized but I was still interested, so last week I told the folks at OGTS to let me have a go at it.
So there you go. If you don't get your next issue on time, or it does not meet expectations, it is because of me. That said, I am working to revitalize the Blitz. The look will change slightly. It will look more modern, even more Euro, and I will try to develop a more consistent format and organization, with a least a few regular columns in addition to the feature articles.
Regarding those feature articles and columns, you will be seeing topics that are not quite traditional. I'll be trying to bring in Opel-related items that do not involve a wrench or paint gun. For instance, a little more in areas where I have experience, such as digital media and video. I also have degrees in materials science so you can expect to see articles on topics such as materials selection, heat treating, fracture and fatigue, possibly even failure analysis and corrosion. I've got some ideas for number-crunching type projects I can write up, things you can do yourself using a spreadsheet, if you are geeky enough. I think I may even have a few useful things about working on our cars. I've only been into Opels for about 2 years, and I barely did any heavy duty car work before that, but we've broken and fixed so many things on our car in those two years, and solved so many problems, that as long as I stay away from Gil and company I can convince myself I am an expert on these cars. So, stay tuned for articles on our brakes and other things.
And finally, fair warning to you all, if I don't start seeing articles and announcements and photos and just gobs of great Opel stuff coming in soon, you are going to hear about the more about the Tinyvette that you ever wanted to.
This last item is actually a serious matter. The Blitz is for OMC members (Not a member? That's easy to fix.) and friends. In fact, it is about OMC members and friends, and OK, their Opels. Anyway, it is about you, but we need to hear from you if we are to be able to do anything for you. Write up your latest project, or plans, or exploits. We'll have a regular column called "Bench Racing" where you can tell us about your project, project plans, project disasters, rides, races, things you did to or places you went to with your Opel. 500 words will fill a column, 1000 words a page. Throw in some photos and you won't have to write so much. Can't write? Call me and tell me your story. I'll write it. I'll help you get your story out. The Blitz will help you get your story out.
Some other fun things to think about.
Centerfold - The Blitz will have a centerfold. Send in your Opel porn - a glorious photo of your car suitable for a printing on a full, landscape-oriented page, along with accompanying text that tells the loving story of you and your Opel and your understanding spouse, family, dog. Ideally, tell a people story that has a car in it.
Bench Racing - I described this above. Tell us about your projects, plans, and events.
Chapter Opel - I'll be bugging the OMC chapters to get me news from their area. Bugging, constantly, incessantly, until I get it.
International Opel - I'll be bugging Opel clubs from countries outside the US to send in news and photos and stuff that makes you want to ship your Opel to Portugal or Iceland or wherever and enjoy the sites and the road, though perhaps not the price of gas.
Photo Opel - Got a great photo of an Opel or related item? Not a snapshot, a photo! A gorgeous photo, taken at sunrise, or sunset, during the golden hour, in an autumn scene or after a snow storm. Send it in. Don't have one? Wash your car and take it out to the most scenic spot in your area and snap away. Each month we'll pick two to feature in the Blitz and who knows, after a few months we may finally have enough to put out a calendar.
Archives - Reprints from long past issues of the Blitz. These are always fun. Usually always.
Of course there will be the features and technical articles. I am currently working on several articles on a single theme and am in contact with three other people who may/will/should write up their story for the wider Opel community. If I can swing that I think you will be pleased.
Thoughts? Requests? Submissions? Let's hear it.
P.S. Social media, aka Facebook. We'll be there soon. I will need it to help stay in touch with other clubs and they with us. We'll set up photo galleries for color illustrations from each issue (the illustrations in the print version are gray scale), the Photo Opel selections, covers from past issues, and more.