Performance Tuner Magazine was founded in the winter of 2012 by Damir Pecenkovic after a conversation about the current state of automotive media, most specifically the state of tuner based magazines held between Damir and his good friend Tai Kahn (Founder of CorSport USA). Shortly after this conversation Tai suggested, granted some what jokingly, that since Damir had a background in Media and Graphic Design, and wasn't happy with the current offerings, that he should start his own magazine. Shortly after this conversation Performance Tuner Magazine and its motto of "For Tuners By Tuners" was born.
Performance Tuner started out as a simple idea that evolved in to a passion project, that then became a magazine with an average circulation of over sixty thousand per issue with readers from countries all over the world. Damir realized as PTM was growing that the PTM staff would need to too. Damir brought in multiple talented writers, photographers, business advisors, editors and other individuals who all equally shared Damir's passion for tuning cars and shared his vision of continuing to grow Performance Tuner Magazine to reach more and more automotive enthusiasts from around the world.
Fast forward to the days after the summer of 2017 when Performance Tuner Magazine officially released its last issue and closed its doors for good and we now have the PTM Archive. An archive of all 33 issues of Performance Tuner Magazine that were released. This archive contains links that will allow anyone that is interested in reading the issues to download full size, high definition, copies of each issue and will also allow anyone that wishes to personally print a copy for themselves to be able to do so. The archive will continue to stay live to allow our readers and fans to enjoy Performance Tuner for years to come.
When I initially started PTM I had no idea that it would have grown from an idea, my iMac, and my Canon DSLR to a magazine read in thirty six different countries around the world. I had no idea that I would get to work with so many amazing and talented artists that would become members of my staff, that I would get to meet so many passionate shop owners and so many awesome car builders. Most of all I never would have imagined the amount of awesome cars I would get to photograph, look at and in some cases ride in. It was truly an awesome journey.
I want to thank everyone that helped make Performance Tuner a reality, especially all of our readers/fans that continued to support us as we grew and evolved. Many might think that it is a bad thing that PTM came to an end, that I might feel like we failed or closed down because we couldn't do it, but it is quite the opposite. PTM was never meant to be a career or a means to make money, rather PTM was an idea, a what if, a could it be done, a process, a journey, one that I feel like we completed. And not only completed, but exceeded what any of my initial expectations or dreams of what Performance Tuner Magazine could be were.
The journey itself was an amazing one, but it is now time to get back to the main passion, the one that brought this on in the first place. My love for modifying, driving and racing cars. The unfortunate truth is that between a full time job, a family and Performance Tuner my personal car modifying and racing had to take a back seat, now it is time to get back to that. For those of you interested you can follow that journey at Circuit94.com, a site that will serve as a chronicle or journal of sorts. For the final time......Damir Out....