Originally posted by ry6
I would love to see the magazine succeed.
Me too, Rob.
When I began reading Motor Sport in the ‚Äė50s, and Motoring News along with Autosport in the very early ‚Äė60s, they were the only means of finding out what was going in motor sport. The average daily paper and even TV was only interested if a driver was killed. Sadly that happened too often. So the function of all motor sport magazines has changed completely.
I shall always be grateful to DSJ for introducing me to the sport on the ‚Äúcontinent‚ÄĚ, and to John Bolster for his commentaries at Brands Hatch, when I was a spectator at weekends from school nearby in the ‚Äė50s.
Today I can watch every Grand Prix on my TV live. I have my computer connected and receive the split times of every driver on every lap as they happen ‚Äď even when the adverts are on TV. There‚Äôs no reason to buy a monthly magazine to tell me what happened. In the '50s and '60s the merest snippet of news or opinion from a driver was like gold dust. Today every team has its pre- and post-race press conference. Meanwhile club racing has become far too expensive and ‚Äúone make‚ÄĚ oriented.
Today no one can make a profit by publishing reports of the last two or three Grands Prix every month. Autosport has become a preview magazine. So now we are looking at magazines about races which took place some time ago. Historic if you will. News travels too fast for a monthly magazine
Many of us enjoyed the early editions of Automobile Historique ‚Äď full of long articles about races long gone by ‚Äď but you have to be able to read French to enjoy it, and, if you live outside continental Europe, to subscribe to it. Today it carries little or no advertising, has a circulation of under 15,000 (declining), is stocked in fewer and fewer outlets, and probably only exists because the editor‚Äôs family owns a printing works. Lately its format has changed to include a monthly ‚ÄúWomen and cars‚ÄĚ article of the ‚ÄúI like:‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt like:‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúI quite like:‚ÄĚ variety. Hello Historique
The thing that intrigues me is that -
there are so many extremely wealthy people who "play" with their valuable historic cars and spend millions to play -
there are also many "comfortably" off enthusiasts who own and race their beloved historic cars -
there are those who sell information on subjects they have researched to the owners and prospective owners and purveyors of these cars (maybe to increase the value?) -
Surely it is in the interest of these "stakeholders" to put a little bit back into their "sport/hobby" to keep a mag like this alive?
There are so many good stories to be told.
Sure there are. Are you saying that some of these stakeholders should buy MotorSport, or that they should contribute to it, and if so, in what way?