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Event Coverage RIP: Rod & Custom Magazine

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, May 29, 2014.

  1. steves29
    Joined: Jan 19, 2010
    Posts: 194


    The way of the future. Can you imagine trying to run a paper version of the H.A.M.B. !
  2. drptop70ss
    Joined: May 31, 2010
    Posts: 1,184

    from NY

    Gonna miss it..been building stuff for years but as a newbie to traditional parts and builds the mag was a great source of information and learning for me. I like a magazine in my hand, I cant stand reading on a handheld device. Hope it comes back in some form, and good luck to those impacted by the shutdown. Been through that as well.
  3. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,252


    :( As previous posters have mentioned,print media is in trouble,newspapers or magazines.I can name two that have gone tits up in the last couple of years.They were not related to our hobby,but they are examples of old time mags going south.
    1-Life magazine.IIRC it was around during the civil war.
    2-Ladies Home Journal.Just about 2 months ago went belly up.It had been published for 130 years."All good things must come to an end".Want to wish all the best to all who have lost their jobs over this closing.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
  4. 26hotrod
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 958

    from landis n c

    Glad I been buying back issues @ swapmeets &etc. for the last several years. I pray those that were surprised by the shutdown come out of this smelling like a rose and we are looking for a rebirth in the future. If I am offered another mag. to finish my subricption I will let them know I appreciate their concern but am disappointed in the outcome of R&C. I praise the LORD for my organized library of old hotrod mags....................................
  5. Ace5n85
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
    Posts: 132


    I'm with ya! This Magazine is why I got into Hot Rods, and in turn, found the HAMB. I haven't had the opportunity to meet any of those involved with R&C in person, but I'd feel better knowing my money went to help those guys make it to the next chapter. I know it isn't a lot of money, but I for sure feel like I owe it to them more than the publisher owes it to me. Good luck fellas, even though men with your talent and passion won't need it!
  6. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,664


    Major Bummer!
  7. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,664


    and to think I was considering getting rid of my old copies just a few days ago. there is something to be said for procrastination!!!
  8. R n C is the only ones I kept... I sold a bunch of late '80s through '00s Street Rodders at the swap meet 5 for $1.00... the 12-15 year olds like 'em.

    Which means only one thing.

    There WILL be a group of people who will be turning our traditional hot rods into jelly bean colored, smoothed over billet rods in 10-15 years, so they can have one just like their grandfather had.
  9. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,683


    Thanks for all of your great photographs over the years, Tim!

    Would second that. Y'all did some fine work that will be missed!
  10. chevymike
    Joined: Jun 16, 2006
    Posts: 266


    One of the things I really don't like about media going to online source versus printed source is, there is no real record of what was said. A printed magazine/book is much harder to change content versus online. Basically online has no historical reference as it can be changed on a whim and future rearders would never know.

    Sad to see print media disappearing....
    Joined: Nov 13, 2002
    Posts: 1,229


    My hats off to them! They published a great mag,sad to see it go! They always had a good mix of cars.Always looked forward to getting my copy in the mail
  12. B.A.KING
    Joined: Apr 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,758


    YOU HAVENT SEEN ELVIS? he's setting on the crapper reading R&C on the phone!!!
  13. 40fordtudor
    Joined: Jan 3, 2010
    Posts: 2,503


    Not long ago I read where Rob Fortier was let go---felt bad about that and feel worse about this. Can't see any improvement just around the corner, either. RIP R&C.
  14. I just got my first 2 copies on a 2 year sub I bought from my grandson for his magazine sale drive. At least he got some credit for it. I really liked them especially the August issue and was looking forward to the next 22. TRJ, TR&K, and CKD are my favorites but purchased at Barnes and Noble. I know it costs more but I am trying to do my best to support the local workers. I never use self-serve checkouts at Home Depot, Lowes, and grocery stores for the same reason. Being booted from my job of 24 years at the tender age of 54 was no fun and I hope my efforts are helping someone in need.
    RIP R and C and good luck to Kev and all affected.
  15. TTTT8
    Joined: Jun 2, 2011
    Posts: 61


    I guess this means I won't be buying any more multiple year subscriptions to any magazines. Lost out on Hot Rod Builder, now R&C, and maybe PHR. Gotta cut my losses on unfulfilled subscriptions. Especially sad to see R&C gone - again!
  16. nickleone
    Joined: Jun 14, 2007
    Posts: 345


    Print mags are folding every where. LADIES HOME JOURNAL folds after 131 years.
    There will be nothing to read in the doctors office LOL.
  17. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 34,448


    Thoughts out to any folks that lost employment over this. We thought Emap was bad but Source Interlink proved to be worse!
  18. sodbuster
    Joined: Oct 15, 2001
    Posts: 4,957

    from Kansas

    That sucks that they shut it father would bring over his latest issues and 'share' them with me......and he just renewed (even though RF was let go & he still had hope that it was going to stay the same)......didn't someone make the call back in 2010?

  19. LuckyFordGuy
    Joined: Jun 13, 2008
    Posts: 275


    Yes that is sad just renewed it
  20. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
    Posts: 20,763


    I feel sad for the 6,000 employees I heard this has affected. :(
  21. 31Apickup
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 2,700


    I bought all of the annuals they had back in the late 70's and early 80's along with used older issues and have been subscribing since the relaunch in 1989. My favorites are the early 70's issues before that hiatus, with Tom M, Jake, Bud and the crew, so much great tech and stories. Sadly I think this is the future for printed media. I guess we should all roll our old subscription fees into an Alliance membership and support the HAMB.
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  22. Rot 'n Kustom
    Joined: Sep 24, 2004
    Posts: 1,985

    Rot 'n Kustom

    I'm 61 and first subscribed to R&C when I was 10. I still have almost every issue I got new and many more I picked up second-hand, going back to issue #1.

    That magazine started the fire for me: see my HAMB alias.
    Thanks to all the staffers over the years who made it a special part of our lives.
  23. mikhett
    Joined: Jan 22, 2005
    Posts: 1,412

    from jackson nj

    Sign of the times! I guess us old Kustom guys are dinosaurs!
  24. Larry my friend ... I'm curious how you are getting FREE Internet access? ... Last time I looked at my Comcast & Verizon statements, I was paying $39.99/month for the high-speed Internet connection at my home ... and $17.99/month for an "Unlimited Data Plan" for my iPhone ... but then again, I don't have a "Donna" to pay my bills :rolleyes: :D
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  25. Lone Star Mopar
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 3,099

    Lone Star Mopar

    Let my subscription run out a few years back, couldnt even see it being worth the 10$ a year or whatever it got down to. Condolences to the folks who lost theyre job in this deal.

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  26. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 9,461


    Damn Hemi, Comcast cable connection, around here, costs me $80.00 a month and that's just for high-speed internet access...and I don't even have a cell phone - can't afford it...!!! There ain't nothing FREE anymore...!!!

  27. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,978

    from Berry, AL

    This has been coming for some time. When the big corporations started buying up competing magazines, it's a sign that the weaker ones would be the first to fall. Not saying R&C was weak, but it was a somewhat limited market. Folding it into Street Rodder is a logical choice for a downsizing move, as they cover a lot of the same territory. With the corporations, the bottom line rules, and if they can save a buck or two and make three or four, that's what drives them. I haven't bought any magazines in years other than an occasional news stand purchase. Like many others have said, I can find what I want on the web, and print it out if I want a hard copy. Times change, and it sucks that people lose their jobs when things change, but that's life. I'm sure the buggy whip and horse collar makers cussed the new automakers with those new fangled horseless carriages came out. Best of luck to those folks, I hope they land in a better job!
  28. That sucks balls! That was the ONLY rag I would actually buy instead of just flip through at the book store!

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  29. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,167

    Deuce Daddy Don

    Ol' Stroker McGurk is pissed!!!
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  30. FritzTownFord
    Joined: Apr 7, 2007
    Posts: 1,020


    Kev is in at Street Rodder now

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