By the way, Leslie, may I complement you on the remarkable restraint you have exhibited regarding my avatar. At this rate I am going to have to try something different; perhaps something portraying the lovely weather we have been enjoying for, ooh, weeks and weeks.
I did notice the bovine content, but I only see that if I click on it otherwise it's a mini and a portion of an old painting I think.
None, have not bought a magazine on a regular basis for over 10 years. May buy the odd mag for a specific feature/review. When I did it was CAR. I think it was LJK Setright who wrote the most amazing story reviews, you felt like you had completed a journey with him. Some of his lengthier ramblings would stretch for 6,7,8,9 pages. It would take me days to read such magazines, now all you need is a couple of hours.
I don't buy anything regularly any more. I started in the early 80's (my first magazine was Motor with a test of the Lamborghini Countach), and after that I bought Motor every week plus Car every month. On top of that I bought Autocar pretty often and when Autocar and Motor merged I bought it every week up until about 18 months ago.
I've only bought one issue of Autocar in the last year, and probably about 4 editions of Car. Car is quite a bit different to how it was in the 80's and 90's and not as enjoyable. Apart from that I find I enjoy Octane quite a bit, and the odd issue of EVO.
Anyone remember Fast Lane???
This was the first car magazine I ever read. It was given to me by a friend of my father...
And this was the first car magazine I bought...
I still have both.
You know, I do believe that is a 'pec'...
Brilliant! I'd love to still have some old car mags. I used to sometimes visit my Dad who was in the RAF and in the Sergeant's Mess lounge was always a stack of Autocar and others which I used to read while Dad chatted to whoever. This was around 1985ish so you can imagine the kind of cars that were in it.
Those magazine's started a life long interest in cars.
I have a yellowing copy of each issue of each title I've written for, but kept only two for the front cover car discussed inside: the Boxster concept - never produced, and the Jaguar F-Type - never produced. The magazines pour forth praise and platitudes and pleas but to no avail. The articles, and indeed, the superlative sports cars themselves, are testament to the stupidity and short-termism of the automotive industry.
(Current Jaguar F-Type is Callum's supervision; I'm referring to Helfet's glorious vision!)
Started reading Car and Autocar in the early 80’s, while still in shorts. Got an annual subscription to both aged 12, as a reward for bettering my English grades, and kept a Car subscription going till LJKS left the building. Haven’t had a subscription since, though I will pick both Mags at an airport along with a few large bars of Cadburys F&N.
While Car set the standards in design, photography and words(employing at the time some wordsmith heavyweights), nothing much remains of these. Autocar were always the road test masters, and have pretty much maintained the standard throughout the years. However, I dearly miss the ‘handling shots’ which would always give a pictorial sense of a car’s behavior at the limit.
Started reading Car and Autocar in the early 80’s ... sense of a car’s behavior at the limit.
A commendably clear, concise, and sharp post I could wish to read.
Have purchased every copy of Autocar since school in the late sixties, but Cropley is really testing me of late ! I take Autosport as an on-line magazine. Race Car Engineering by subscription, but it's getting breath takingly complex, as of course is the engineering. Used to subscribe to Evo, but the delivery was so random, a bit like the content ! Subscribe to Car out of habbit ! Motorsport because its pretty good. always buy Classic & Sports Car, ( who ever buys the breathtaking cars advertised within, can only be folk from oil rich state and people in the money business ? ) Really miss the great days of Cars and car Conversions.
Autocar and CAR with the occaisional EVO thrown in.
If abroad I try and sniff out the local rags if purely for the picture content being a lazy UK citizen (can read and write in english only - sometimes at least).
I'm now on all fours