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4 THE SHOP MARCH 2019 \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ © 2019 National Business Media, Inc. All rights reserved. THE SHOP (ISSN 2380-7415) is published monthly by National Business Media, Inc., 2800 W. Midway Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80020; (303) 469-0424; FAX (303) 469-5730. Subscription rates in the U.S.: One year, $45; Two years $80; Three years $108. Canada: One year, $76; Two years, $142; Three years, $201 (U.S. Funds). Mexico/International: One year, $98; Two years, $186; Three years, $267 (U.S. Funds). Periodicals Postage Paid at Broomfield, CO 80020-9998 and additional mailing offices. USPS/National Business Media Automat- able Poly. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to THE SHOP, PO Box 460651, Escondido, CA 92046-0651. All items submitted to THE SHOP become the sole property of THE SHOP and National Business Media, Inc. and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. Advertisers and/or their agencies, jointly and severally, assume all liability for printed advertisements in THE SHOP. Opinions expressed in THE SHOP may not necessarily reflect the opinion of the magazine's editor, its management or its advertisers. Letters, photographs and manuscripts welcome. or those of us old enough to remember, it's fun to think back 20 years or so to when sport compacts first splashed onto the customizing scene. Mainly import 4- and 6-cylinder coupes and sedans, they were known for their Easter egg colors, big stickers, annoying exhaust sounds and over-the-top aerodynamics components. Like many things young and fun, the earliest vehicles often took things a little too far for the mainstream crowd, earning ridicule and derision from the status quo. Two- and even three-tier wings and aggressive front lip spoilers that scraped over the slightest bump left many traditionalists shaking their heads. Over the years the styles toned down and the acceptance ramped up, as sport compacts drew a new, dedicated generation into the specialty automotive aftermarket. These days, of course, imports are at every track, and sit side-by-side with classic muscle cars and other customs at events like the SEMA Show—sometimes in the same booth. And while, thankfully, those buzzy mufflers have mostly disappeared, the once- mocked aerodynamics products have stuck around and evolved, making their way onto everything from new-model special edition vehicles to trucks and SUVs. "I have always tried to design body kits that have the DNA of the factory vehicles—to create something that looks like it was designed by the factory designers," says Billy Longfellow, vice president of design for Air Design USA, as part of his look back on the last two decades of the body kit market (see page 17). As the quality of styling components has risen, their reach has expanded, he notes. An added aesthetic touch often leads to additional appearance and/or performance upgrades, making aero products a market entry point for many vehicle owners. "First impressions count, and the body kit is like the first part of the puzzle," says Longfellow. "It's not long until the calipers are painted to enhance styling, or a cold air intake and exhaust are thrown on, etc. It's like a drug—one upgrade leads to another." In those early days, most tests showed that the extreme body styling products actu- ally hindered the vehicle's performance. Today's knowledge and technology, however, have changed all that. Pros like Moti Almagor of Blackbird Fabworx are actually using active aerodynamics to gain an edge at the race track (see page 58). "The principles of fabrication are the same; the physics, the aerodynamics are the same regardless of what car you're working on," he notes. "It's just a question of how good are you at adapting your techniques, knowledge and methods to another car?" It's been quite a journey for aerodynamics products through the 2000s, from in- your-face add-ons to sleek, subtle accents. And with so many changes headed toward the automotive market, there's no doubt still a long ways to go. The Aero's Journey F \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ DRIVER'S SEAT PUBLISHER REGAN DICKINSON EXECUTIVE EDITOR JEF WHITE DIGITAL CONTENT EDITOR ANTHONY BOWE ART DIRECTOR IVETH GOMEZ GRAPHIC DESIGNER LINDA CRANSTON EASTERN TERRITORY SALES MANAGER WENDY MILES WESTERN TERRITORY SALES MANAGER RYAN WOLFE SALES SUPPORT ERIN GADDIE TECHNICAL CONTRIBUTOR MIKE MAVRIGIAN CONTRIBUTING WRITERS JARED COHEN, JOHN GUNNELL, PHILLIP M. PERRY, JOSH POULSON, JASON R. SAKURAI, EDDIE WIEBER NATIONAL BUSINESS MEDIA PRESIDENT & CEO ROBERT H. WIEBER JR. VICE PRESIDENT/INTEGRATED MEDIA JOHN BENNETT VICE PRESIDENT/PUBLISHING DAVE POMEROY VICE PRESIDENT/FINANCE KORI GONZALES, CPA VICE PRESIDENT/NBM EVENTS SUE HUEG, CEM, CMP VICE PRESIDENT/AUDIENCE LORI FARSTAD DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL SERVICES WOLF BUTLER MULTIMEDIA PRODUCER ALISON MCDONALD MULTIMEDIA PRODUCER BRIAN HAUSER Jef White Executive Editor

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