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Do you find Rod & Custom Magazine Lacking ??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Rice n Beans Garage, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Hot Rod Elvis
    Joined: Jan 24, 2011
    Posts: 606

    Hot Rod Elvis

    I was at Walmart today and stopped at the magazines (first off, they had maybe 10 or so car mags, and only about two were old car related. They didn't even have Hot Rod. Any way, I saw one called Old School Hot Rods, and thumbed threw it quickly...pretty interesting little mag...lots of customs.
  2. carnut341
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 151


    I have been getting ROD AND CUSTOM for many many years and its always been the best. But, this last issue seemed to be at the bottom! It seems strange that so many people feel the same way I do. I still have several years to go on my subscription so we'll have to hope for the best.
  3. Rod and Custom has always been a favorite and after reading all this, I pulled out the latest issue and reread it and I think it is still very viable to me. I will continue on as long as they print it. I go back to the Spence Murray, Tom McGurk days and it is still an icon.
  4. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 3,790


    I'd like to see more cars and more tech stuff. They do some but the latest series of Miller equipment promotions puts me off. I'm way beyond "let's learn how to weld".
  5. Good rag, but too many damn ads!
  6. billylo
    Joined: May 20, 2007
    Posts: 542


    I am a subscriber and usually I love it, but this month it sucked.......
  7. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,151


    I did in 1989 At the KKOA in Davenpit Iowa. He is very humble. I was like a hyped fan, gushing about how he and Jeff Smith were some of the best at Hot Rod magazines helm. He as cool as can be.
  8. Leebo!
    Joined: Nov 22, 2005
    Posts: 800

    from Yale OK

    Just my .02 cents, but the whole industry might be down. Even the threads here seem to lack the killer builds and techs that it once did. It seems this place pick up in the winter when the shows/runs seem to thin out. I feel somewhat biased by being a member here. Most of the time when it hits the mags, we have already seen build threads or show pics of each ride.
    Part of the problem could be people are putting more effort into just getting by, rather than cranking out customs. in defense of the mags, they have to find something meaningful to shoot to keep out interests.
  9. Lone Star Mopar
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 3,298

    Lone Star Mopar

    no, because I quit buying it..
  10. cancelled my subscription a couple years ago
  11. riskybiz
    Joined: May 27, 2009
    Posts: 146


    I subscribe to R & C and will keep on doing so. This months coverage of Santa Maria was good. I don't like the endless feature for Miller welders. This month issue makes three time my car has come out. Yes there are to many ads and sometimes not enough photos of builds, but I know the Magazine needs ads to help pay the bills. Just my 2 cents.
  12. ironrodder
    Joined: Jan 29, 2007
    Posts: 184


    Dropped Street Rodder several years ago when later model cars show'd up and got tired of all the tech was install'n advertisers parts. Just renewed R&C for 3 more years. Still like the articles like the Don Blair article.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2011
  13. RF
    Joined: Mar 13, 2001
    Posts: 1,897


    We didn't buy Hop Up. Its punck rock fanzine glory has not been corporate tarnished by us.

    Our paper quality sucks, plus we don't have as many pages as we'd like to begin with. Thin, small, and disappointing as it may be (girls often say the same thing...), I feel fortunate just having something to work with in the first place. It'll never please everybody, and I understand why many people have come to dislike the magazine (as well as magazines in general). I'm not blind--there is room for improvement, especially with the content. Despite what my reputation may often suggest, I do take criticism very constructively. But when you've got little to work with, change can be difficult to implement, but not impossible. There's room left for further print evolution as far as I'm concerned.

    Today there are more hurdles to overcome than ever before--the mag biz is nothing like it used to be. But as long as there are still trees to cut, presses to print, and 'stands to sell from, I'm sticking with it.
  14. Rob (RF) -

    I appreciate that you took the time to respond to this thread ... We're a pretty tough crowd! :)

    Thanks for "sticking with it" ... I only wish the execs at Source Interlink would also listen to some of our constructive criticism ...
  15. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 36,030


    Keep fighting the good fight Rob, those 2 roadsters in the new issue make up for the lack of pages!
  16. 60galaxieJJ
    Joined: Dec 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,525


    Its a hit or miss thing with me. I usually only buy a magizine that has tech or an article the I really car about.
  17. Racewriter
    Joined: Nov 14, 2008
    Posts: 780


    I don't find Rod& Custom lacking at all. Still a great mag. I read it, the wife reads it, and then it gets bound up and put on the shelf.
  18. Sutton Speed
    Joined: Jul 15, 2006
    Posts: 1,121

    Sutton Speed

  19. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    I for one think you guys are doing a great job. I have a subscription and will always have one. The throwback articles as well as the great cars (except livewire :) ) have been awesome. I work for outlaw biker magazine and I understand there is only so much that can be done inside of the constraints given. You guys keep pumping them out and we'll keep buying 'em!
  20. Hotdoggin DaddyO
    Joined: Jul 23, 2011
    Posts: 640

    Hotdoggin DaddyO
    from Hays, Ks

    I live in the middle of western Kansas, there is hardly a car scene here. And as far as traditional rods and customs, forget about it. So any outside influence is a welcome treasure here. I look forward to my R&C showin' up every month.
    I've been a R&C subscriber again now for several years. As a pubescent kid I drooled over all those cars - copies pirated by my pal across the street whenever his big brother brought one home. We couldn't drive yet and R&C was the "small" mag then. I hesitate to think how long ago that was! But I know now how much I learned from it and the other mags out there.

    I jump for my R&C each month! My only critique is the articles could be longer and a few more pics. I know from doing it myself what a herculean task it is to do a publication of any kind. The R&C guys seem so comitted! Someone should tell corporate to give them 20-30 pages more each month and a couple more interns!!

    So, long live R&C!
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2011
  22. falfas55
    Joined: Apr 21, 2004
    Posts: 288


    I sent in my cancellation letter last night. It's only August and I've gotten my November issue already. They just seem to push it down our throats too fast. I'll use the H.A.M.B. for any info that I may need. Thanks to Ryan and his crew.
  23. BCR
    Joined: Dec 11, 2005
    Posts: 1,262


    I'm doing my part!:cool:

    yep, I like the mag. Subscribe to it and have for a long time. The HAMB and the internet are great but car mags showing up in the mail are still exciting to me at 41.
  24. 296 V8
    Joined: Sep 17, 2003
    Posts: 4,666

    296 V8
    from Nor~Cal

    I take back what I said before (for the time being)
    Got the new one today and was pleasantly surprised (sep for the ass ugly 50 merc)
    Joined: Aug 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,222

    from Colorado

    I still enjoy the rag. the cost is reasonable . If you haven't noticed a lot of hot rod and custom car magazines have folded due to the economy and computers. Some day we will be saying that's too bad there gone. Custom Rodder was my favorite but they are history now. They need our support to survive. Tom Mc Mullin ( RIP ) from Street Rodder Magazine told me banks don't want to loan you $ for a product that has 60% thrown in the trash that didn't get sold on the book shelf. They depend on the adds to survive.
  26. No the latest issue has a great artical about The Dal Porto Lakster.
    Not every issue can burn the barn down. I'll still subscribe.
  27. Degenerate
    Joined: Aug 5, 2007
    Posts: 239

    from Indiana

    I buy R&C and will continue to. I travel in my day job and I stuff a bunch of car related mags in my bag when leaving town so I will have something to read while traveling. I'm also certain I couldn't publish a magazine of any kind.
  28. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?

    Thanks Rob for your response, I think your doing a pretty damn good job with what you have to work with. I do stand by my previous post from a few pages back about too many customs, but that's just me. Keep the history and the hot rods comin', I'll keep doin' my part at the news stand! Promise.
  29. RichG
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
    Posts: 3,919


    Sorry man, I quit subscribing when I found the Hamb. Don't feel alone though, I dropped my wheelin' magazines when I found sites that covered tech that I could afford, not to mention almost real time interaction with the people who performed that tech... it's hard for paper to compete with that.
  30. skoh73
    Joined: Apr 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,553


    I found it very ironic that the editorial at the front of this month's mag was questioning whether or not magazines will eventually go the way of the Dodo bird, and my copy had issues with the printing causing some of the pics and writing were very distorted- something you don't usually have to deal with on the HAMB.

    But on the whole, I am usually happy with the way R&C appears to be headed. I am of the ilk that will always want a physical copy in front of me.

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