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from the publisher’s desk
THE DAYS ARE getting warmer. It’s time to roll down the
car windows (or roll the top back if you’re lucky enough to
have a convertible), head out on the road with the breeze in
your hair and enjoy the arrival of spring. But wait—what is
that all over the car? Oh, yes, the remains of winter.
Spring-cleaning is by no means confined to the home.
Your car deserves the same treatment, not only to keep it
looking and running well, but to help ensure your safety on
the road. Even if you don’t drive a classic restored beauty
like some of those featured in our cover story, starting on
page 28, Costco can help get your daily driver in tiptop
shape from bumper to bumper. Whether it’s choosing the
right type of oil (page 35) or the correct tires (pages 37 and 41), making sure your battery
is in proper functioning order (page 35) or sprucing up the inside and outside (pages 39
and page 41), Costco warehouses and Costco.com have plenty of items in stock to bring
out the shine and sparkle, keep your motor running and have you riding in style. The
Costco Auto Program can help you with a hassle-free car purchase and discounts on
service (page 83). And when you need to fuel up, Costco’s Kirkland Signature™ T;; T;;;
detergent gasoline is available at most Costco warehouse locations (go to Costco.com and
search “gasoline” for more information and the location nearest you).
When you’re back at home, you can take it easy by relaxing in the yard, by the pool
or on your deck or balcony in beautiful and comfortable patio furniture from Costco.
Featured in the Costco.com pages, beginning after page 76, are a number of modular sets
and individual pieces to suit your needs, as well as freestanding awnings, patio umbrellas,
gazebos and pergolas. Kick back in a chaise lounge with a Champagne cocktail (recipes on
page 55) while perfectly spiced halibut is grilling (pages 53 and 80) on your new stainless
steel five-burner grill (page E-8).
Whether you are answering the call of the highway or chilling at home, Costco is
ready to help you make the most of the season. C
Ginnie Roeglin is Senior Vice
President, E-Commerce and
Publishing, and Publisher of
The Costco Connection.
from the editor’s desk
LITTLE DID WE KNOW, when we invited readers to
send in pictures and stories about their favorite vehicles,
the kind of overwhelming response we would receive.
You can see the results for yourself in this month’s cover
story, “Motor maniacs,” starting on page 28.
All in all, some 450 enthusiastic, passionate Costco
members sent in pitches in praise of their favorite ride,
from a ’ 48 Plymouth that’s still in the family, going on
67 years, to a ’ 70 VW Beetle converted to electric
(owner Al Bullock invites anyone to “stop and say hello”
if you see him buzzing around in his green Bug near
the Costco in Livermore, California).
It was no easy task to narrow the list to a dozen of the coolest cars to feature in our
article. We looked at the story and the people behind the vehicles—such as Lloyd
Smith, whose son gave him a beautifully restored ’ 57 Chevy, just like the one Lloyd had
had as a teenager; or Lauri Brownson of Oregon, who loves Nash Metropolitans so
much that she now owns seven. We ogled all of the gorgeous photos. And then—well,
we drew straws.
The Costco connection behind all this is that everybody featured in our story is a
Costco member. And, as you’ll see in our automotive Special Section that follows the
cover story, Costco offers a lot of products and services related to cars, from tires to
insurance (and even cars and trucks themselves, offered at great prices through the
Costco Auto Program).
We felt bad that we couldn’t include all of the members and their outstanding
vehicles in our cover story, so we created a special slide show of more vehicles that you
can see in our digital editions (see page 12 for details on our newsstand and online
editions). Just click on the play button and enjoy the ride. C
Tim Talevich is Editorial
Director of The Costco