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Old 11 Mar 2018, 19:08 (Ref:3807400)   #76
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I unfortunately can remmebre when magazines were full of editorial, loads o different features, long articles.

Magazines now are largely full of fluff.
So i stopped buying them.

Nothing negative about that, just simple fact, but hey never let a username get int he way of your point
Iím just having a little fun and meant no malice in it. Iím sorry.
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Old 11 Mar 2018, 19:10 (Ref:3807402)   #77
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with that in mind (and being completely serious) isnít it about time they brought their plus subscribers a digital version of the calendar stickers? come on guys, iím way too lazy to add it all myself
That is a good point. Really easy to do and itís an opportunity for them to have reminder in your calendar. Itís probably more useful for non plus people.
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Old 12 Mar 2018, 01:32 (Ref:3807443)   #78
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there are sites out there that can generate calendars for various digital formats but...

the reason i mention the plus format is that could in theory be augmented with existing historical data about the event eg links to past results, tyre selections, etc. might take a bit of prep work to pre-create pages and update them but it’s not my area of expertise.
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Old 12 Mar 2018, 15:28 (Ref:3807529)   #79
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I see F1racing.net (or GPUpdate.net) has now been swallowed up into the Autosport belly. Another smaller news outlet gone.

The one thing I don't like to see on the Autosport site is that it only takes someone related to the F1 circuit to sneeze and it generates a "top headline", yet when other series have major events or news taking place, there is never much coverage.
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Old 12 Mar 2018, 18:46 (Ref:3807560)   #80
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add clickbait headlines to that as well. "x announces new driver" instead of "y to drive for x" has been cropping up this winter.
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Old 12 Mar 2018, 19:54 (Ref:3807573)   #81
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The one thing I don't like to see on the Autosport site is that it only takes someone related to the F1 circuit to sneeze and it generates a "top headline", yet when other series have major events or news taking place, there is never much coverage.
That's been a common criticism for a lot of years now and it was the main reason I stopped buying it, what, 12-15 years ago?
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Old 12 Mar 2018, 21:54 (Ref:3807598)   #82
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That was also one of the reason I got quickly disheartened working in the motorsport press for the short time I did.

You would spend hours writing story, speaking to people on the phone, then it would be dropped because some F1 nerk would do something, and you were left to explain to the guy whose time you had wasted that something came up. And they wonder why people don't buy their crap anymore.

the content is meek, the writing is average and the prices are too high.

Magazines have always been a luxury to most, and they feed off of peoples desire to not miss a copy.

Once you do, dropping it is so, so easy.
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Old 12 Mar 2018, 22:30 (Ref:3807602)   #83
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I used to buy every copy back in 1998 to about 2004 because I was massively into F1 at the time and it did do a good job of covering that aspect of motorsport. But as my F1 interest has waned, so has my appetite for such publications, plus you can get free articles online (still - hopefully!) so I haven't really bought it regularly in years. The last one i did buy was the supertouring edition several years ago.
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Old 21 Mar 2018, 13:37 (Ref:3809632)   #84
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I noticed that the magazine got a little smaller by 1/2 an inch this issue (Guide 2018). No biggie. I think you'd like to know that by 9 a.m on Monday, all 4 copies were sold out at my local magazine shop in the San Fernando valley of Los Angeles. Maybe there are F1 fans in the US after all.....or maybe there are only 4 ;-)

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Hi all,

First off, apologies for not posting here more often. Long-termers will recall I used to do so, but the day job takes up rather a lot of time these days!

I wanted to reply to the McLaren/Zak Brown question, which is an understandable one given Brown's dual role, one he is very conscious of.

I can confirm Zak has no influence on the editorial content of the magazine. The only direct contact I have had with him on the subject is when I asked him if we could do an interview and photoshoot with Fernando Alonso at Daytona. In other words, the Jan 25 issue was my idea, on the basis that Alonso's Indy 500 story was one of the biggest things of 2017, we don't often get proper slots with him, and I think it's a cool story. Not everyone will agree, but it was my call, not Zak's.

As for last week's issue, have people actually read Ben Anderson's piece, or even the cover? Yes, Zak is interviewed, but we're coming at it much from the negative angle of McLaren really needing to deliver now that the Honda saga is over. If not, there is a real chance it could slip into the Williams position of midfield battler. That wouldn't be great for F1 - I am sure we'll all agree we'd like to see more teams other than Mercedes and Ferrari (and possibly Red Bull) fighting for wins.

Ben's final line is: "McLaren must escape decline soon, or else surely the damage will be permanent." We also did a McLaren 'Crisis' cover on the March 23rd issue last year, when our F1 guys fathomed just how much trouble the team was in. I don't think Zak would have been too pleased about either, but I have received no pressure to soften our approach.

Along with George Russell and Dan Ticktum, Lando Norris is one of the most exciting British talents currently on the verge of F1, which is reflected in the coverage. Of course, had he not been Alonso's team-mate at Daytona (where he, unsurprisingly, excelled), he would not have been part of that piece.

As regards other teams, we had a Red Bull one the week before last and will likely have one in the near future. Ferrari and Mercedes will of course follow, though they tend to get lots of covers when the season starts thanks to all the winning!

As an aside, those that know me will also know I endeavour to put non-F1 on the cover when I get the chance - our Le Mans preview and report were last year and I've put the Goodwood Revival on the cover for the past two years. Sadly, I have to be very careful what I select and when as most non-F1 covers result in a fall in sales.

I'll not go on, but please do drop me an email at kevin.turner@autosport.com if you have any further thoughts, questions or criticisms. My only request is that they be constructive and based on what is actually in the magazine, rather than perception from what it was like 10, 15 (or whatever!) years ago.

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Old 21 Mar 2018, 17:42 (Ref:3809669)   #85
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I used to buy every copy back in 1998 to about 2004 because I was massively into F1 at the time and it did do a good job of covering that aspect of motorsport. But as my F1 interest has waned, so has my appetite for such publications, plus you can get free articles online (still - hopefully!) so I haven't really bought it regularly in years. The last one i did buy was the supertouring edition several years ago.
I had a subscription throughout the 80s and 90s, but gave it up once the emphasis became firmly fixed on F1. I still buy two copies every year - the LM Guide issue and the issue with the LM race report - which in itself is a sadly pale shadow of the in-depth reporting we were used to in the 80's....
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I stopped buying Autosport on a regular basis several years ago.

I bought last weeks issue for the Henry Hope-Frost tribute by Marcus Pye, but was disappointed to read that national/club race results are not going to be published.

Does this mean that race reports will also be culled, meaning journalists and photographers, most of whom are freelance, will lose work or is it just an excuse to cull a couple of pages and reduce the cost of printing when we all know the cover price won't drop to reflect the reduction in quality/quantity.
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I've been a subscriber since about 1980, originally collecting the magazine from a newsagents on my way to work, and more recently having it posted to me at work. In the early days I read the thing from cover to cover, but nowadays, thanks to websites like this one, (and to be honest the Autosport website) I can find out what I want to know without the printed magazine.
I still keep my subscription open out of habit, but keep thinking to myself I should save myself some money by cancelling it, and having just full on-line access but so far I've not been able to find out the cost of that (not that I've been trying that hard.
What I suppose says it all is that the past three issues are currently sitting on my desk still in their plastic sleeves! (Maybe it is about time for me to do something about this?)
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Old 21 Mar 2018, 19:20 (Ref:3809699)   #88
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I got into that position (unopened copies) and cancelled. That was before the Autosport Plus online thing.

Also there are changes to the club section, less results and choosing which races to cover. I get the rationale, but they risk sales of people looking for their own name
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Bought last couple- are Roebuck and Pye columns now just occasional? And God , but some of the mangled , portentous prose in the F1 stuff was near unreadable. Guys, it is not compulsory to use 'parlay ' at every opportunity .
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Yes the Fifth Column is now only monthly. I think though they are making a mistake by showing less club racing coverage.
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