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Are there any magazines left for people like us?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rpu28, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. Well at least you can write.....wait but you won't be able to read this reply ahhh nevermind.
  2. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,562


    The HAMB and The Rodders Journal, plus all the old pre 1965 Magazines in my collection, that is all I need. Bob
  3. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


  4. 39 Ford
    Joined: Jan 22, 2006
    Posts: 1,558

    39 Ford

    I have been reading "Hot Rod" mags since 1960 and find that I am bored with the crap they print. I would rather look at a home built car that is 10% as nice as the pro cars they feature. The mags exist only to sell adds and promote advertisers products. What ever your interests are cars, guns, boats or whatever mag writers are only shills for their advertisers.
  5. 60 Belair
    Joined: Feb 19, 2006
    Posts: 747

    60 Belair

    Rodders journal.
  6. 59 brook
    Joined: Jun 12, 2005
    Posts: 1,017

    59 brook

    thats why there are no traditional style mags . everyone goes to the net
  7. Angry Frenchman
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 1,752

    Angry Frenchman

    is Hop Up still around??
  8. wsdad
    Joined: Dec 31, 2005
    Posts: 1,255


    I had 3 magazine subscriptions and would also buy off the rack if something caught my interest. Then I found the HAMB. I haven't subscribed to anything in years.
  9. Make an effort to find them. Mag-neto. Rolls & Pleats. Kustoms Illustrated.
  10. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,793


    Better read them while you can. One day, they'll ALL be gone. In the mean time, if you can come up with a magazine that makes money with no ads and catering to .5% of the population, go for it.
  11. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,152


    YES! Use the old. old rags for references BUT we live today. The good magazines TODAY are out there. CHURCH. HAMBER ZOMBIE puts out a fine one. Just the other day, a thread announcing a NEW magazine was closed because of some pee stained grump-pees (!) did not like a format showing women w/tattoos.
  12. The only car mag subscription I still have is Auto Restorer. The name doesn't quite say it all, as non-restored cars show up (they did a chop on a 46 Ford coupe a few years ago, and there's a guy going to do a V8-60 into a 50s MG) and they cover more than just cars; old trucks, some sports cars, older imports, pretty much anything over about 30 years old. It's very much DIY oriented too; very little of the 'we got this part from so-and-so, so much easier than fixing old junk' attitude.

    And did I mention there's NO ADVERTISING?
  13. metalman
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,279


    I rairly buy magazines anymore, it's always been mostly about the tech articals to me and nowdays the tech articals suck imho. That said I find todays tech articals relevent to the hobby today. Why would there be a tech artical on adapting a junk yard part when 90% of the readers would rather read on how to install their new shiny store bought parts? Face it, the majority 1 800 their hot rod parts nowdays, those of us still building with old stuff are getting few.
    I'm with Bruce. A while back I bought 4 years of Car Craft (62 thru 64) all in binders for a 20 dollar bill. Hours of good reading AND tech articals still relevent to my build style. Go to the stand and buy $20 worth of mags and I'd be thru them in less then an hour.
  14. J. Fitzhugh
    Joined: Nov 7, 2004
    Posts: 296

    J. Fitzhugh

    Thanks all for the TRJ shout-out. I can tell you factually that several stories in TRJ have taken me over a year to research, like the Mighty Ardun story, or the Tom Thickstun/Tattersfield/Baron stories. or a more recent story on the history of the Vertex magneto. Try finding photos of a factory in Switzerland that ceased production 40 years ago. Or the original blueprints for Kinmont brakes or the Italmeccanica blower. I certainly hope at an average of 12 pages and some over 5,000 words, that they take longer than 10 minutes to read.
  15. luke13
    Joined: Oct 25, 2013
    Posts: 381


    what he said, but down under we have one percent magazine and chopped.
  16. scrubba
    Joined: Jul 20, 2010
    Posts: 938


    Two magazines come to mind, Gasoline , ( Swedish publication ) and Still

    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 103


    I'm fortunate to have a pretty good rag store not to far away. So I get to thumb through them all, if a tradition style car or truck catches my eye I buy it. As far as how to and tech. It's all right here, this is the greatest hot rod sight on the planet!!!!!!!!!! OK now, who has a good used 31.5" reversed eye chrome spring they want to give up????? Thx, T
  18. Unfortunately no.
  19. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,682

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    I used to think the old mags were the new ones have shot right past them in price, except for very earl stuff, maybe pre-1953. They are now cheap reading and still pretty easy to find, though the early '50's are rapidly disappearing from the easy to find sites.
    RJ is an EXCELLENT magazine. I wish they would add a true tech section. Imagine a carefully researched (both in old magazines and via interviewing old-timers) and detailed article focusing on something like different trad routes to A-V8's, Ansen vs Ford brake conversions, ignitions, etc.
    What if the took "A Technical History of the Racing Flathead" and expanded on it...
    What if they got Bingelli to explain how the %$$ his gasser was a second faster than it should have been...or downloaded some of the tech that is always briefly mentioned in interviews of people like Garlits.
    Hey...what if they just got rights to reprint the tech-heavy pre-1961 Hot Rod Mag annuals and books, or the big circa 1960 big books from trend/petersen like "how to build a hot rod" or "clutches and transmissions", or simply Reprinted Don Francisco's flathead rebuild...those would be revelations for the poor folks who don't have originals...
    Too few late-model people have access to the best of the past, and the old timers are disappearing.
  20. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 16,066


    Jay, you should start your own magazine. One issue per year. Nothin but quality and the stuff I love. I'd be your first subscriber!
  21. johnny two tone
    Joined: Feb 26, 2011
    Posts: 27

    johnny two tone
    from nj

  22. yblock292
    Joined: Oct 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,937


    Car Kulture Delux issue #61 mainly cause my 51 shoebox is in it! First time i've have one of my cars featured.............kinda kool!
  23. 26hotrod
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 917

    from landis n c

    The HAMB,R&C, and TRJ. Oh yeah and old copies of R&C when I can find them at the swap meets. Tech articles in TRJ-I like that idea they could do it rite...............
  24. Bad Daddy
    Joined: Nov 13, 2010
    Posts: 829

    Bad Daddy

    Gasoline is a good one. It's now being published for the U.S. market...

    Joined: Jun 23, 2006
    Posts: 1,476


    X 2 here!
    Joined: May 1, 2010
    Posts: 1,087


    TRJ & R&C. But the H.A.M.B. gives me my real fix in real time. R&C seems lacking since Freidburg got the big chair. Still a decent rag tho. TRJ is an entity unto itself. But the H.A.M.B has it first, nearly everytime if not before. Good job & thanks to all who contribute.
  27. wizzard23
    Joined: Dec 12, 2009
    Posts: 733


    Oh yeah, congrats Jack. For some reason that's my current favorite too!
  28. yblock292
    Joined: Oct 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,937


    Thanks Harry!
  29. Degenerate
    Joined: Aug 5, 2007
    Posts: 239

    from Indiana

    I spend the money in the workshop, not at the newsstand.
  30. mashed
    Joined: Oct 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,474

    from 4077th

    There's plenty of tattoo magazines that cater to the circus sideshow enthusiast.

    I'm interested in hot rods, not pseudo pinup freak girls.

    And being into traditional hot rods is not exactly "living today".

    It's more like "longing for yesterday".

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