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#1001 Rob

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 23:06

Here is an article about the magazine's majority owner.

http://www.thesun.co...-porn-star.html

Say no more.


Classy.

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#1002 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 23:07

To be fair to F1 Racing, I think that 48k figure is UK subscriptions or something. But they syndicate the hell out of that magazine to do editions in other countries. They're probably shifting 1million "F1 Racing" variants a month.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 23:32

To be fair to F1 Racing, I think that 48k figure is UK subscriptions or something. But they syndicate the hell out of that magazine to do editions in other countries. They're probably shifting 1million "F1 Racing" variants a month.

And F1 Racing's owner doesn't appear naked in Katwoman. Is that a plus point or a downside?

#1004 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 00:37

I don't know if it's relevant. If the magazine is printed and it's any good, then I guess people will buy it.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:33

I don't know if it's relevant. If the magazine is printed and it's any good, then I guess people will buy it.

In F1 everything seems to be driven by image and perception so I'm not sure I agree with you.

#1006 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:38

Readers tend to know very little about the parent groups of whatever magazine/newspaper/etc they're reading. They know even less about the personal background of the people at those companies.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:43

Readers tend to know very little about the parent groups of whatever magazine/newspaper/etc they're reading. They know even less about the personal background of the people at those companies.

Sorry, I wasn't explaining myself claely enough. I wasn't referring to readers but to advertisers who often do know lots about the parent groups and personal background of the owners to make sure that they are aligning themselves with the right brand values. It is advertising, not news stand sales, which will keep these magazines going.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:47

This link below may explain the looks of the website. It seems they suddenly had an urgent need for a designer...
[url="http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/38965/Urgent!-Designer,-monthly-Formula-1-magazine,-Hersham,-Surrey"]

£18k - £20K for this job, that's surely the salary range for an apprentice in that game, not somebody who they are asking to "hit the ground running". That's definitely a job for someone who's desperate to get into F1 to take a risk and a big paycut to go into.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 18:35

£18k - £20K for this job, that's surely the salary range for an apprentice in that game, not somebody who they are asking to "hit the ground running". That's definitely a job for someone who's desperate to get into F1 to take a risk and a big paycut to go into.

Makes you wonder why they needed a designer so urgently...

#1010 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 18:48

I'm more curious about why you only seem to post about this topic :lol:

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 18:53

I'll see if it's on sale tomorrow in my home city and report back if it is.


Well, I couldn't find it. I'm as disappointed as you are.


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 20:26

Well, I couldn't find it. I'm as disappointed as you are.

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#1013 Imperial

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 22:17

Well, I couldn't find it. I'm as disappointed as you are.


Who needs shops man? Come on, they have a website that just about functions, just subscribe to receive it! I'm sure your £49.99 will be safe.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 01:07

Who needs shops man? Come on, they have a website that just about functions, just subscribe to receive it! I'm sure your £49.99 will be safe.


Some feedback has started to come in:
https://twitter.com/...168009875771392

#1015 Jackman

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 13:12

I saw that Formula mag in the newsagent today, so it exists.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 22:22

James Allen has just posted this ( http://www.jamesalle...x-championship/ ) on his website, without any irony whatsoever, so it would appear...

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 22:58

James Allen has just posted this ( http://www.jamesalle...x-championship/ ) on his website, without any irony whatsoever, so it would appear...

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Oh.... wow. Bless James.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 01:07

Something will be squeezed out here because new F1 fans to buy F1 magazines are not going to appear out of nowhere.

Anyone know if this is still going? I've not seen it in the shops for ages. The website www.gpinternational.com has been down for a week or two and the @GPImag Twitter hasnt been used since 14 March.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 09:40

Oh.... wow. Bless James.


page removed... :rotfl:

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 15:15

Have any of you read The F1 Times Magazine?

I was skeptical at first, but plumped for an annual subscription at just £11.99 for 12 issues. The content is actually really insightful and exclusive.
It's only available on the iPad at the moment, but I see this as the future of publishing. It's all interactive and designed with touch in mind, so you don't have to zoom constantly. I'd really recommend it for the price - though it doesn't have the hardcore journalism behind it, that's its only let down.

#1021 Imperial

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 11:24

Anyone know if this is still going? I've not seen it in the shops for ages. The website www.gpinternational.com has been down for a week or two and the @GPImag Twitter hasnt been used since 14 March.


The new issue dropped on my doormat just a couple of days ago.

I can't comment on their website, but the Twitter activity has always been almost non-existant.

Has anyone seen last weeks The Racers Edge, from the office/s of F1 Racing? I was amazed how small it is and how few people were milling around in the background. I wonder if the whole building is theirs or if they just use one floor within the publishers building (there was a staircase in the background). If that is the size of their office as market leader, then it is quite possible their lowly rivals are operating from little more than telephone boxes.

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Just a quick edit that (having done things back to front) I've just looked at their website and Twitter. Oh dear. As a monthly they obviously went to press some time ago, so that would explain the latest issue landing with subscribers in the past few days, but no functioning website and no Twitter promotion of their new issue. Perhaps the end is nigh.

Edited by Imperial, 09 April 2013 - 11:27.


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 11:43

Racer's Edge is just a podcast isn't it? It seems to be 'hosted' by Haymarket so he does a bit in their office. They've got some recording stuff on-site. Haymarket is part of the Teddington Studios complex and they have one of the bigger buildings with 6 floors in total.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 11:59

James Allen has just posted this ( http://www.jamesalle...x-championship/ ) on his website, without any irony whatsoever, so it would appear...

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What was it about?

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 12:06

What was it about?


Ths, basically: Lotus F1 Team Confirm Launch Of 2013 World Simulator GP Championship™

...the moving images generated will be indiscernible from real life, and the races will be as enjoyable – if not more enjoyable – than the real thing. One day, perhaps all races will be run this way.


Tcha! James, James... :blush:

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 13:27

Racer's Edge is just a podcast isn't it? It seems to be 'hosted' by Haymarket so he does a bit in their office. They've got some recording stuff on-site. Haymarket is part of the Teddington Studios complex and they have one of the bigger buildings with 6 floors in total.


Weekly video, it's on Peter Windsor's youtube channel. Embarrassed to say I'm not sure if video is technically a podcast!

He said in last weeks episode that they are just temporarily broadcasting from literally within the working office area for the next 6 weeks or so (I assume this is non-race weeks only) as they are having a permanent facility built elsewhere in the building.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 22:31

The new issue dropped on my doormat just a couple of days ago.

I can't comment on their website, but the Twitter activity has always been almost non-existant.

Just a quick edit that (having done things back to front) I've just looked at their website and Twitter. Oh dear. As a monthly they obviously went to press some time ago, so that would explain the latest issue landing with subscribers in the past few days, but no functioning website and no Twitter promotion of their new issue. Perhaps the end is nigh.


I saw it in a news agent today and it looked noticeably flimsier than the previous issues. I was worried that I might accidentally tear ithe pages just flicking through them. The cover seemed to be made of the same paper as the pages inside and I'm sure that it wasn't like that before. Lovely shot of Kimi on the cover though!

#1027 Imperial

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:10

I saw it in a news agent today and it looked noticeably flimsier than the previous issues. I was worried that I might accidentally tear ithe pages just flicking through them. The cover seemed to be made of the same paper as the pages inside and I'm sure that it wasn't like that before. Lovely shot of Kimi on the cover though!


I tweeted @willbuxton yesterday to ask if the magazine is still going and he hasn't responded. Yep he's in China and will be 'busy' this weekend, but he's continued tweeting unimportant nonsense up until 37 minutes ago (at the time of writing this), such as comments about Mark Webbers new haircut.

I would imagine if the rumours were starting to flying that a magazine you write for has ceased publishing you'd want to nip it in the bud and confirm it's not true. He hasn't done that, so...

I would strongly recommend subscribers (are there any?!) keep an eye on those direct debit mandates and make sure the publishers don't start charging for something that may not turn up. The deal I got keeps me going for only another two issues, if they land, and if the next one ain't landed by a week after it's supposed to, it'll be goodbye direct debit.

Hmm...it was launched with a reasonable fanfare too, so if this has stopped already what hope does that other new F1 mag have? (Can't even be bothered to check what it's name is).

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 02:05

I tweeted @willbuxton yesterday to ask if the magazine is still going and he hasn't responded. Yep he's in China and will be 'busy' this weekend, but he's continued tweeting unimportant nonsense up until 37 minutes ago (at the time of writing this), such as comments about Mark Webbers new haircut.

I would imagine if the rumours were starting to flying that a magazine you write for has ceased publishing you'd want to nip it in the bud and confirm it's not true. He hasn't done that, so...

I would strongly recommend subscribers (are there any?!) keep an eye on those direct debit mandates and make sure the publishers don't start charging for something that may not turn up. The deal I got keeps me going for only another two issues, if they land, and if the next one ain't landed by a week after it's supposed to, it'll be goodbye direct debit.

Hmm...it was launched with a reasonable fanfare too, so if this has stopped already what hope does that other new F1 mag have? (Can't even be bothered to check what it's name is).

The best solution is to just buy from the news agent if it appears again. I have just seen that the Twitter is still quiet and the website down. Any response from @willbuxton?

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 11:23

The best solution is to just buy from the news agent if it appears again. I have just seen that the Twitter is still quiet and the website down. Any response from @willbuxton?


Nope, but more importantly I have learned via his Twitter that he was in a restaurant with someone who ordered pigs stomach for lunch and also that he was listening to DJ Shadow yesterday. Thrilling stuff and exactly why I ceased following him long ago.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 13:31

Why is it up to Buxton to tell you about some magazine? He's a freelance writer: he has no relationship with the company behind it other than (hopefully) being paid for an article.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 13:49

Nope, but more importantly I have learned via his Twitter that he was in a restaurant with someone who ordered pigs stomach for lunch and also that he was listening to DJ Shadow yesterday. Thrilling stuff and exactly why I ceased following him long ago.


I trust you've contacted the publishers with your concerns?

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 15:07

Why is it up to Buxton to tell you about some magazine? He's a freelance writer: he has no relationship with the company behind it other than (hopefully) being paid for an article.


Well you know, Twitter is *supposed* to work two ways. Just wanted to see if he would respond.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 15:21

Why would he? It's nothing to do with him.

#1034 Imperial

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 15:26

Why would he? It's nothing to do with him.


He may have known the answer to the question is why.

Anyway, GP International have in fact replied to advise they are indeed still in business.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 04:02

He may have known the answer to the question is why.

Anyway, GP International have in fact replied to advise they are indeed still in business.


Its a shame they have to remind people that they are still in business. Why not just keep the website open and the Twitter updated? One Tweet a week would be enough. What surprised me is that when they were asked on Twitter if they are still going they didnt seem shocked. They must realise that with no Twitter, no website and reduction in magazine quality, people will assume the worst. Thats all the more reason that they should ramp up Twitter and website coverage! At this rate it will only be a matter of time before they actually do go under.

FWIW I think you did the right thing to ask @willbuxton about the magazine first. Anyone who is on the payroll will be one of the first to know if it is in trouble. He may not want to broadcast the news though - particularly if he is too busy writing Tweets about irrelevant junk like what people had for dinner. Who in the world cares about that? The very fact that he thought people would be interested sounds very egotistical to me.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 07:13

Except that he's not on the payroll.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 13:36

Except that he's not on the payroll.


He just writes for them every single month. Do you genuinely think Will Buxton had NO IDEA whether GP International still exists, or would make a call to find out? He'd happily spend several days researching and writing an article not knowing if he'll get paid for it or not bothering to check if he is wasting his time?

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 13:42

Why dont you call and find out. You people are wasting my bandwidth arguing about Twitter.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 14:14

Why dont you call and find out. You people are wasting my bandwidth arguing about Twitter.


Thrilled.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 18:46

Except that he's not on the payroll.

Err why has he shown you his bank statements. Or are you Will buxton? If so, I totally don't take back my comments about the unprofessional egotistical rubbish spewed forth on the @willbuxton Twitter. :)

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 18:58

I trust you've contacted the publishers with your concerns?

I e-mailed them over a week ago - no response.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 19:34

He just writes for them every single month. Do you genuinely think Will Buxton had NO IDEA whether GP International still exists, or would make a call to find out? He'd happily spend several days researching and writing an article not knowing if he'll get paid for it or not bothering to check if he is wasting his time?

Yes. Every single month. Good grief.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 20:33

Yes. Every single month. Good grief.


Blimey who drank your pint?

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 20:29

I e-mailed them over a week ago - no response.

They must have been too busy putting the current issue together :)

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 18:01

Who here watches the Racer's Edge with Peter Windsor on his youtube channel? If you dudes/dudettes are bored and have nothing better to do on a thursday evening I recommend checking it out, here: Racer's Edge

It is filmed at F1 Racing's HQ and I say it's a nice little laid back show about various F1 topics. It starts in exactly an hours time.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 07:52

Who here watches the Racer's Edge with Peter Windsor on his youtube channel? If you dudes/dudettes are bored and have nothing better to do on a thursday evening I recommend checking it out, here: Racer's Edge

It is filmed at F1 Racing's HQ and I say it's a nice little laid back show about various F1 topics. It starts in exactly an hours time.


Yep, it's a great show.

In terms of technical discussions and the depth of knowledge in the conversations held, it's everything that Martin Brundle said he went to Sky for, but what Sky has in fact failed to deliver.

The choice of guests is excellent. They'll never get the likes of the highly controlled Lewis Hamilton/Fernando Alonso etc popping up on Skype for a chat, but there's the odd current driver makes an appearance, as well as other luminaries and up and coming drivers from around the world. Jarno Trulli was very interesting last night. The beautiful thing is that people seem to appear because they want to, not because their teams PR person has scheduled. People do generally appear via Skype or similar and sometimes have a kitchen or bedroom as their 'backdrop'. It's amazing how normal a lot of these people really are, if caught in the right environment like this, as oppose to under the glare of dozens of cameras and surrounded by team personnel.

In contrast I would say the 'other' weekly show, i.e. Sky's 'The F1 Show', has gone down hill so much I've taken to recording it instead of watching live, so I can skip all the fluff. The show seems an exercise in cross-marketing other Sky content (frequent features involving the Sky cycling team and having a vague motorsport link, which are never relevant to F1) or guests from the few teams who will consistently send people to appear, namely Marussia, Caterham, Lotus and nobody else.

The only downside to TRE is once a month they go through the entire current F1 Racing magazine and discuss it at length. That in itself is advertising, which I guess pays for the show, but for me either spoils the magazine if I haven't read it yet, or is a bit boring if I have already read it.

A minor blip compared to The F1 Show though. Well recommended.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 11:12

Kind of bumping this up to ask has anyone got the latest issue of GP International?

My subs copy never turned up, had no response to multiple emails to both Bright Publishing and the magazine itself, seen no copies in the shops.

May be coincidence, but seems fishy in light of recent discussion above.

Starting to think I may as well cancel the direct debit for even the miniscule subs deal I got, at least then I wont be guessing if it will turn up...

Edited by Imperial, 21 May 2013 - 11:13.


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 12:57

In F1 everything seems to be driven by image and perception...


I suspect that you are quite close to the truth; most recently, surveying landscape and hatched job media have done on RBR because of Pirelli' tire, I tend to agree with your assessment.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 20:12

Kind of bumping this up to ask has anyone got the latest issue of GP International?

My subs copy never turned up, had no response to multiple emails to both Bright Publishing and the magazine itself, seen no copies in the shops.

May be coincidence, but seems fishy in light of recent discussion above.

Starting to think I may as well cancel the direct debit for even the miniscule subs deal I got, at least then I wont be guessing if it will turn up...


Their website is back up and running apparently: http://www.gpinternational.com/


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 20:43

Kind of bumping this up to ask has anyone got the latest issue of GP International?

My subs copy never turned up, had no response to multiple emails to both Bright Publishing and the magazine itself, seen no copies in the shops.

May be coincidence, but seems fishy in light of recent discussion above.

Starting to think I may as well cancel the direct debit for even the miniscule subs deal I got, at least then I wont be guessing if it will turn up...

I got the digital copy today - I went for the hidden-in-an-obscure-corner-of-the-website option of the non-iPad version, primarily because it was only 18 quid for the year and I'd decided the other mags weren't worth the price. That said, you really do get what you pay for - the digital copy amounts to a pdf file of the magazine pages which is a pain to read, and Bright Publishing seems a bit amateur hour - sometimes they upload the magazine a week before it goes on sale, sometimes its a fortnight after.

So the issue has been put together (cover story is about James Hunt). Whether they have printed it is of course another matter.