Originally posted by Lemans
this appeared on the American Le Mans Series Forums on a discussion on Motor Sport:
"I've read it since 1966. In fact I have several late sixties and seventies issues. It's actually way better now than then....."
What's the opinion of those who have read Motor Sport since the 60's and '70's? Is it better now as this person says?
I guess discussion of this will all be very subjective. But you can't really compare because what you might call its "mission statement" has changed. 60s and 70s - a "newspaper of record" of senior-level motor racing events, interspersed with the occasional road car article and lots of vintage stuff. Nowadays - not quite the same. Which is better is a matter for debate and personal opinion.
Style and presentation - well, this is not unlike the discussions we have recently had about Foyle's bookshop. Motor Sport is pretty slick these days -some would say too slick, but not unattractive and certainly better than some of the other comics. In the olden days, it was quirky and even bizarre - ever-decreasing font sizes to cram all the article in, lots of "continued on page 836", even if the continuation bit ran only to a sentence or two, that bloody silly page numbering system so that all pages in a "volume", which ran for a 12 month period, were numbered continuously so that, say, January would contain pages 1-95, February pages 96- 184, etc....and then you would start all over again with the next "volume". The classified ads were always good, though - I was particularly fond of John Britten's works of art, and those for the Portobello Motor Company with their legendary 2CV buyer, the Rabbi Moishe Blenkinsop-ffrench.