Wow, what a ride it has been. This will be my final editorial, and it's only now dawning on me how far we've come over the past year and a half. It has been truly amazing, however it's time to let someone else have a steer.
Although I didn't know it at the time, it was this post back in 2008 that led me down the path to where I am today. It was how Rod and I crossed paths and, some two years later, I found myself with a one way ticket to the Northern Hemisphere to embark on an adventure that I will never, ever forget.
When I first started, Rod mentioned how Speedhunters was a life changing experience for him. And I can now agree with that unequivocally.
My time here has been a memorable journey. Despite having fewer resources last year, the team banded together and delivered a vintage era of Speedhunting. We made small, progressive tweaks to our formula as we strived to make our feed more immersive. We added weight, depth and substance to our features. We shook things up by covering new genres, and tried to show you what goes on behind the scenes.
Our ambition from the get go was to make you feel like you were right there with us, every step of the way.
The team never took their foot off the gas, and it's truly humbling to see our monthly audience swell from 400k to one million in such a short period of time. I sincerely hope you've enjoyed the ride thus far.
But where to from here? With such a large, global audience now tuning in, it was time to give Speedhunters a reboot. I'm sure everyone would agree that we've outgrown our site's infrastructure, which has been showing its creaking bones for a while now.
You would have noticed that the site has been quieter than usual over the past few months. With most racing series' on their off season break, we have been diverting efforts onto special projects, which include some long overdue improvements to the site. Just as teams and drivers have used the winter months to regroup for their assault on a new championship, we too have been building towards the new season.
This new phase has seen the management of Speedhunters move from Vancouver to EA's DICE studio in Sweden. Rest assured that you're in good hands, as there's no one better suited to guiding Speedhunters than the person who created it: our m8 Rod. There are some exciting times ahead which Rod will announce in the very near future.
Over the past year and a half I've collaborated with talented and inspiring people from all corners of the world, and I honestly could not have asked for a better team to work with. To each and every one of you, I thank you.
It's through the unwavering passion and support of so many people that Speedhunters has become what it is today.
In my eyes Speedhunters has, and always will be, more than just a website or blog. To me, Speedhunters is about the desire to explore this thing we call car culture.
It's a journey of discovery, and with each day of 'hunting we unravel just that little bit more.
Speedhunters has opened our collective eyes to what's really out there. It's a window into events you've never heard of in countries you'd never visit.
With the digital age breaking down geographical boundaries, Speedhunters has removed our blinders and shown us there's a whole other world of cars beyond our comfort zone.
My hope is that you see Speedhunters as an opportunity to learn, appreciate and accept the diversity within our culture, instead of chastising and hating others for being different. Irrespective of our personal preference or style, we should remember that we all share the same underlying love of cars.
Being the Editor-in-Chief of Speedhunters has been more than a job. It has been a privilege.
- Charles Kha
Since doing a minute of silence would be out of place, I would like to dedicate you this: a minute of noise straight from a Can-Am McLaren V8 engine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=9ZHMjdzw0w0#t=38s VROOM VROOM!
I appreciate all the kind comments, it means a lot to me. Thank you. Every member of the Speedhunters team put in an incredible shift during my time with the site, and I'm confident the future will be even bigger and brighter here on SH. I'm excited to see what's in store :) Regards, Charles Kha
Top job charles, Speedhunters is something you should be very proud of. It obviously takes a tonn of effort and it shows 100%
Thanks for everything, Charles. I've been following your work since Auto Salon mag, and you even printed one of my letters to you. I'm the dude who invited you to check out Sepang F1 circuit and take a tour around our garages whenever you're in Kuala Lumpur. The offer still stands! Thanks again, and good luck! SK
Thank you very much Charles for the great work you have done at Speedhunters. I stumbled on this site last year and i have to say it changed my life, opened my eyes, taught me a lot that i have shared with numerous people in Kenya.... its through this site that i came to love drifting, had motivation to do my first engine rebuild at home and many other things. We wish you great success and God speed in your endeavors and look forward to a refreshed Speedhunters era... The house that Rod Built. Thank you once again.
Thank you so much Charles for your contributions! Speedhunters has truly changed my life for the better; I am overjoyed that this site exists and can provide enthusiasts with broad coverage of all the motoring mania that's happening all over the globe! Best of luck with everything in the future!
Thank you Charles, it's been fantastic working with you. Your generosity, passion and elevator farts (WTAC11!) will be sorely missed. Cheers, Matt
You have done a great work this past year. I've seen Speedhunters improve from what used to be a majorly US car culture blog, to a full fledged all around the world reference for what's new in the Car Culture. It is probably my no. 1 source for what happens out there, anywhere! Thank you so much for your work Charles! It will remain in our minds and hearts for years to come!
Charles, Thanks for all the great work you have done for the site. Its been a great ride! Thanks from all the sydney TGS crew!
I can't agree with every post and article but I will gladly admit I love the site. You guys put out great work and not everything is going to be a masterpiece but the site as a whole is a masterpiece. I wish you the very best and hope to keep seeing your words on paper or online in the future!
Thanks for all the work, you have helped show me a side of carculture I would never have seen. Looking forward to the future of Speedhunters!
Thank you for all of the hard-work.. it really shows everytime I visit the site Speedhunters has become one of my favorite sites and I would argue that it is THE best car culture site on the web. Thanks again!
Charles, congratulations on a game-changing stint at SpeedHunters. It's been a pleasure to read the site under your guidance. "Bandied together" should be "banded together," non?
Thank you very much Charles. Your farewell article sums up everything that makes Speedhunters special. Good luck in your future endeavours.
Amazing work! Congratulations on helpting to create what is easily my "Go To" website for anything automotive. For such a short time, everyone at SH should be proud of themselves for such a massive accomplishment. Thank you for your hard work, it obviously shows in these pages! I don't know where you're going to next, but they'll definitel benefit from your experience. Now... where do I sign up to be Editor? ;)
Sorry to see you go Charles, you made a bit impact here and you will be missed. Hope no one else is leaving. It has been quiet for a while on here with some others quite noticeable with their absence.