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Car modifying is becoming increasingly popular. From Novas to Skylines, pretty much any car on the market can be modified and improved in some way or another. All you have to do is look around on a street. See the Subaru with a customized bonnet? Modified. See the car that seems to be scraping the floor? Modified. See the car with the black tints on the window? Modified.
There are three main magazines that keep the world informed and enlightened about car modding. They are Max Power, probably the most well known of the three, Fast Car, which is slightly strange and I do not like very much, and Redline, a simple, easy-to-read mag, which despite being easier on the eye is somewhat less popular than the others.
First impressions are very good, with a large picture of the main featured car on the cover. The price, £4.25, is expensive for a magazine but cheaper than Max or Fast Car. The thing which stands out the most is the free gift; since I started buying Redline I have accumulated two CDs, one of which is fantastic, a set of neon windscreen washers, an in-car UV light, a CD holder, a calender, and more posters than I can remember. The free gifts are top-notch, and always related to car modifying. So first impressions are good, how about the mag itself?
There are loads of regular features in Redline. First off, one of the members of staff (usually Renton, the editor) has a message for the month on the first page. Along the right hand side are a load of columns which have the current staff names and pictures along with a short, witty comment following a different topic each month.
The next page shows the cars featured in the mag, and the pages to find them on. Dominating the page is the cover car, which has a much larger pic. Next page shows the contents, ie. the regular features, cruise information, and the like. The regular features include:
-Upfront News and information regarding the car mod world. Decent place to read, although most stories seem to revolve around speed cameras.
-Redletters Letters, emails, jokes, pictures, and recently texts from the public. A good place to read and have a laugh, and also very infomative.
-Crashes Pictures of crashes from readers. Good to read and laugh at other peoples misery. Well, if you like that kind of thing anyway.
-Redhot New products, many of which are exclusive to Redline. Sectioned off into chapters, it is easy to read and features pictures of products such as alloys, bumpers, spoilers, and tuning parts.
-Answers Similar to Redletters, except focused on answering questions about cars and the like. Very in depth and informative
-Redpages A very large section of the mag. Basically devoted to adverts, this has a recently chaptered catalogue of adverts. The outstanding part of this is a massive chunk of pages used to sell modified cars for suprisingly cheap prices. They even sell feature cars!
These are only a few of the features. The writers also include a diary style guide to their own cars, along with pics and information on what has been changed since the last issue. Also, there is a different model each month, plus a "Bodywork Babe", which is basically the dosage of naked laydeez that is expected from most car magazines.
The staff also goes to cruises, which for those who don't know is when loads of modded cars come together and basically compare against the competition. The coverage is good, and any major cruises or car shows are given massive articles.
As far as a once-a-month magazine goes, this is a top notch purchase. Packed with information yet simple to read, and not totally circulated around women, I recommend this to anyone who is interested in cars. The price is fair, the content quality is fantastic, and the cars are brilliant. Go for it.
Sounds good...personally I think modded up cars look a pile of trosh...esp when they got blue lights underneath! although that said i do like the way out ones the do on pimp my ride....I wanna waterfall on the backseat of my car....no wait a min I already got two...aka my kids :-)
HotBabes 04.06.2005 15:55
Sounds good for those who want to mod their cars.I think I'll leave mine as it is though! :-)