My magazine reading and collecting started early in 1962 with a couple of Australian magazines...
At first it was Wheels, Modern Motor, Sports Car World and a little later Australian Motor Sports. I got to meet Mike Kable, who wrote for a couple of them, quite early on and he recommended that I read DSJ's reports in Motor Sport. My first issue of that was the August, 1962 issue (I think that's right) with the German GP report.
If I was going to read English magazines I opened my eyes to the American ones too. As I was working in the middle of Sydney, there was no shortage of choice on the magazine stands of the newsagents' and so I found Sports Car Graphic (September '62? With the Belgian GP in it), Car & Driver and Road & Track, while I also started to get Motor Racing from the English magazines as well.
And as I look back on what I've written I realise I'm wrong about where I started. The first magazine I got was Hot Rod Magazine, from when I first started work in December, 1961. I actually continued to get that for a couple of years, but my pursuiits had changed.
Racing Car News came along in September, 1963 and from that time on my main magazines were RCN, Motor Sport and Road & Track. For a while I was picking up Autosport, but it was a weekly and so outdated by the time it got here, still it was essential reading for an insatiable youth.
I don't know when I gave up on Sports Car Graphic or Car & Driver, but I kept on getting Road & Track until 1993. With my son moving to America at that time he was supposed to organise a subscription for me and send them out a few months at a time, but that never happened. Motor Sport lost a lot of my attention when DSJ stopped writing and then even more when it went 'all historic', but I kept getting it and often not even opening it until about 2012.
The Australian weeklies and fortnightlies (Motoring News and Auto Action) never caught my dollars, though AutoNews did for the couple of months it existed in early 1965.
AMS disappeared in 1970 or 1971, but I hadn't bought it for some years by that time, Autosportsman never held much fascination for me either, but it did ironically start my journalistic career when, when it was blended with Australian Hot Rod, I was asked to write a couple of stories for it in 1970.
And then there was that delightful interlude with the Italian weekly, Autosprint.
I had a job in a production office at a plywood factory in Sydney and they employed a lot of just-arrived migrant labour. The kind who will accept lower pay because they didn't speak the language. Here I met Vincenzo Basile, with a huge mop of black hair and a willing smile and a rabid love of motor racing. As I finished work early in the afternoon there I had time to do things each day and he asked me to run him down to 'Summ'rill' (or Summer Hill) where bulk airmail supplies of magazines came in to some kind of importer's.
And for that time I started to see Autosprint, while when there were race meetings on I would drive Vince out to Oran Park or Warwick Farm. He was a pure delight to be with, Bob Levett and myself trying to overcome his language shortfall (and ours, of course) and feed his enthusiasm.
It must have been the Tasman Cup Warwick Farm meeting of 1972 when we picked him up to take him out there for the weekend. We were trying to explain what cars would be running, murdering the languages in order to do so. Finally he twigged to what we were saying, his eyes lit up and he said, "Cinquelitre monopostos!"
A moment in life not to be forgotten...
Within a few months, however, Vince could no longer deal with imprisonment in a country so far from his beloved Monza. I wish I could see and speak to him today.