Yesterday, 8 December 2008, I received my copy of the 1000th Issue of the Grand Old British automobile magazine MOTORSPORT "The magazine that gave its name to the sport." MOTORSPORT was founded in 1924 and has been the standard bearer for all things motorized since.
I started reading the magazine around 1956-57. It was hard to find in the magazine stores of the day, but persistence prevailed and I would find it somehow. Road & Track and the writings of Bernard Cahier and Henry Manney III gave me one perspective while Denis Jenkinson and the photography of Louis Klementaski among others, introduced me to Goodwood, Aintree, Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Reims and Monza! Inside the Green cover were four to six slick pages of photographs like Moss and Salvadori at Silverstone's Woodcote Corner in identical Aston Martin DB3S' headed straight toward an ant level photographer! Real exciting stuff!
For a young kid from Wethersfield, Connecticut, these were the best of times. I had started an on again, off again correspondence with Stirling Moss, I had been to Thompson and Watkins Glen, I had joined The Ecurie Ecosse Association, life was beautiful!
I continued buying MOTORSPORT as best as possible and then I went into the military. No place to keep a collection of magazines. Oh, I'd buy the occasional copy but, I made up for it by going to those places I had dreamed about – The Nurburgring, Spa, Zandvoort, Reims!
While I was in the service, my mother, bless her heart, threw all my books and magazines and records away! I can never recover most of my collection from those days. But, there are times when I close my eyes and see those old photographs...
So I made up for the that loss by writing about the events and covering the events freelance. Occasionally finding a paper or magazine to print my stuff. I got involved with people like EFDA's Dan Partel, I created the Ford AeroSpace Team, a racing fan's club for the employees at Palo Alto, California's Ford Aerospace, Western Development Laboratories and a newsletter called FastLines!
Before I de-rail this train, let's go back to why I started this. MOTORSPORT! If you don't go out of your way to obtain a copy of the 1000th Issue of MOTORSPORT, you need your head examined! By the way, you may need a forklift or maybe a Steinbock Gabelstabler to carry the magazine!
The ever smiling
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