Advantages Up to date news, well informed writers
Disadvantages Heavy F1 bias
WHAT IS IT?Autosport is a magazine covering all aspects of motor racing and rallying, published 51 times a year by Haymarket Specialist Magazines Ltd. It has been around since the early 1950s and comes out every Thursday, except over the Christmas period when there is a double issue on the last Thursday before Christmas, hence 51 issues a year. There are a number of free supplements throughout the year including previews of the Le Mans 24-hour race, British Grand Prix and Rally GB.
In addition, the first issue each year includes a pocket sized A-Z directory with over 5000 entries giving contact details for teams, circuits, clubs, manufacturers and suppliers World-wide, and some diary stickers for major international and UK national events (I tried these on my Palm but found I couldn't see the screen afterwards!). Before the season starts, you also get useful poster sized international and national event calendars – just the right size for the back of my kitchen door!Autosport is the magazine of choice for most professionals and fans from Formula 1 right down to grass roots national racing and rallying. It is not unusual to see the likes of Juan Pablo Montoya (F1 driver), Richard Burns (World Rally driver) or even myself flicking through a copy during a quiet moment at an event. The magazine has correspondents all over the world, and 5 ‘star’ writers, these currently being Juan Pablo Montoya, Allan McNish, Dario Franchitti, Alister McRae and James Thompson.
HOW MUCH IS IT?The cover price is £2.80 rising to £3.95 for the double issue at Christmas, and it is available from most newsagents and supermarkets. I have subscribed for many years and pay £92 a year in advance (by credit card) to have the magazine delivered with my post, although this offer isn’t now available to new subscribers. The current price for new UK subscribers is £58.20 for 26 issues, a saving of 20% over the cover price. There are varying rates for elsewhere in the World all with savings of at least 15%. You can pay by posting a cheque (UK banks only) or by credit/debit card via post, phone, fax or e-mail. Full details are in the magazine and at www.autosport.com where you can also subscribe online.
WHAT’S IT LOOK LIKE?The magazine is usually just over 100 pages, with the 2002 Christmas issue weighing in at a hefty 188 pages. It is printed on thin, slightly glossy paper, with the cover and centre pages being on thicker, glossier paper. It measures approx. 12.9 by 9.0 inches, or if you have gone all continental, 302 x 228 millimetres.
The front cover features the logo across the top, which is a black & white chequered flag, followed by the word ‘Autosport’ in large red uppercase letters on a white background. This only differs when there has been a major victory for a Briton at international level (e.g. Damon Hill winning the F1 World championship), in which case the word ‘Autosport’ is changed to British Racing Green. The rest of the cover usually features 2 or 3 colour photographs and a few headlines in varying colours.
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