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#1 USA Diligence

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 21:12

The magazine began in June 1960 as “On The Grid” and was known as “America’s Motor Sports Magazine”. The title was changed in February 1961 to “Today’s Motor Sport’s” and was known as “The Racing Pictorial Magazine” due to it’s focus on photo journalism. The magazine ceased publishing in January 1964 due to a fire at the publishing house. Issues also include international/national/local race reports, entry lists, race schedules, photos, ads and feature articles Everything is copied to a mid-sized USB flashdrive (4GB, PC and Apple compatible) and organized by year and month. The scanned archive has been run through an OCR program (optical character recognition) is now completely searchable by keyword. Save time and money whether you are searching for articles listing a driver, track or a particular marque.
This format allows for ease of use and portability.

See Sports Car Scan's website at www.sportscarscan.com for more information and magazine samples.

We are also the exclusive distributor for the digitized library of Sports Car© magazine, 1944 through 1970. Information and samples are also available for that publication.

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Chad Struer
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Posted 29 November 2011 - 15:34

I recall this magazine. I still have a handful in my storage room, probably about a dozen. As I recall, it was started in Chicago by a club racer named Ed Pazdur. It did have a midwest slant to it, especially in the early days, as it covered an inordinate amount of local races as opposed, say, to those on the coasts.

The reason for the name change, as I recall, was because the "On the Grid" moniker, while understood by you and me, got confused on the newsstand for an American football magazine, football being played "on the gridiron". Apparently it did newsstand circulation no good when it was stacked with the stick and ball sports mags rather than in the car section.

The magazine was never as 'heavy' or thorough as Road & Track, Sports Car Graphic, or the mainline British magazines of the day, being more photo oriented as well as briefer articles and lighter in tone. However, it did have information that this young enthusiast craved, and while I never subscribed, I did buy many of the issues at the newsstand as my school days allowance permitted. Unfortunately, a general house cleaning by my mother when I first entered the Army saw a good portion of my collection of magazines and programs binned. Fortunately, those which I had boxed in the closet escaped, while only those in the bookcase disappeared. But that is another story.

Tom

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 23:15

It was actually owned by Edward Janov and Edward Pazdur worked for Janov as publisher. Pazdur is still alive and well, Janov passed away in the 90's. He recalled that Janov was an excessive gambler and was rumored to have owed the mob alot of money. Not sure how that fire started...

Content-wise, it has alot of photos and race reports across the board. Samples of several of the digitized magazines are at www.sportscarscan.com and are available for purchase.

Regards,

Chad

I recall this magazine. I still have a handful in my storage room, probably about a dozen. As I recall, it was started in Chicago by a club racer named Ed Pazdur. It did have a midwest slant to it, especially in the early days, as it covered an inordinate amount of local races as opposed, say, to those on the coasts.

The reason for the name change, as I recall, was because the "On the Grid" moniker, while understood by you and me, got confused on the newsstand for an American football magazine, football being played "on the gridiron". Apparently it did newsstand circulation no good when it was stacked with the stick and ball sports mags rather than in the car section.

The magazine was never as 'heavy' or thorough as Road & Track, Sports Car Graphic, or the mainline British magazines of the day, being more photo oriented as well as briefer articles and lighter in tone. However, it did have information that this young enthusiast craved, and while I never subscribed, I did buy many of the issues at the newsstand as my school days allowance permitted. Unfortunately, a general house cleaning by my mother when I first entered the Army saw a good portion of my collection of magazines and programs binned. Fortunately, those which I had boxed in the closet escaped, while only those in the bookcase disappeared. But that is another story.

Tom