All good things must come to an end and it's with the deepest gratitude and a little sadness that I'm writing my final column as Associate Editor for European Car and eurotuner.com. To say my time here has been a joy would be an understatement.

So what's it like to jump off the blogosphere and into real automotive journalism? Demanding!

Imagine hanging out at your local batting cage and connecting with a series of fastballs in the pro cage. You're feeling great and think you can take on Randy Johnson himself. Then a scout sees your performance and next thing you know, you're under the lights at Yankee Stadium expected to perform like a pro. The pressure is on and you better pony up or you'll find yourself back at your 9-to-5.

This was definitely the big league for me, but EC provided me with the kind of opportunities you dream about as a kid. Blasting down the Autobahn at full speed, experiencing the Rolex 24, two-days of intense driving instruction from the AMG Academy at Laguna Seca and, my personal favorite, watching the McLaren P1 unveiled in Paris.

While being whisked away to far off places is a delight, the work that followed was where the rubber meets the road... so to speak. Thanks to a 24-hour news cycle you'd better select your words and ideas carefully; you're now competing against the world for those lucrative web "hits" and magazine sales.

Luckily, the weight didn't fall squarely on my shoulders. The team at EC is in a league of its own. From our fearless editor Greg ensuring my story was as intelligent as I intended, to Alex critiquing my photos to find the best quality, Lucia keeping us on schedule and Jeremy maintaining contemporary design trends.

You may have noticed over the past year that vintage cars have infiltrated the mag. This isn't a coincidence. My automotive lust has found refuge in the classic cars from the golden-era of design, their racing pedigree and the owners who love them. My departure from EC will place me squarely in the middle of the hottest vintage brand on the market - petrolicious.com- where you'll find everything from classic cars to lifestyle brands.

Saying goodbye is never easy since it signifies an end, so I'd rather say thank you to my friends in the field, my colleagues, Alex for his continued pursuit for awe-inspiring photos, Greg for his enthusiasm and Source Interlink Media for providing me with the tools to become a better journalist.

Thank you for reading and I'll see you on the concours field.

By Ezekiel Wheeler
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