I’m pretty sure that a deep love of literature and art is not often corresponded by an equally deep passion for all things automotive, and that whenever I write about cars, some of my readers just skip that bit.
But I wanted to take a moment to talk about Motor Sport magazine, which, like Road & Track (which I’ve talked about here before quite often) is a classic publication that has been around for a certain amount of time.
But Road & Track, born in 1947 started out borrowing articles from established journalists that had made their names in the British motoring press, in Autocar, The Motor and, yes, Motor Sport.
Founded in 1924, and with a green cover that acknowledged its British heritage (green is the racing color for Britain), Motor Sport is one of my favorite magazines, and one of the few automotive publications I read regularly despite having gone through several different editorial directions within the past couple of decades. It even had a red cover at one point (gasp!).
Well, for one thing, it focuses on race cars, which are the most exciting part of the automobile kingdom. For another, it keeps the modern stuff to a minimum and concentrates on the history of racing, which is where the romance and heroics live. I assume that today’s action will become more interesting as the hidden stories come to light, but right now, all we have are results.
A good case in point is the issue I recently finished reading (and which prompted this post), the February 2018 magazine. This one combines a huge tribute to the late Colin McRae with current (well, from 2018) Formula One news, an interview with Adrian Newey and another with Gordon Murray–probably the two most groundbreaking designers in the past 40 years of F1–plus reports on classic car racing and a feature on Group C.
For anyone with a love for the history of racing, this is paradise. I won’t recommend that you go out and buy an issue, because I assume that anyone with an interest in motorsport will already be familiar with it. But on the off chance that you’ve been living under a rock for the past nine decades, go get an issue.
You can thank me later.