OVERVIEW:

This site contains archive and history information for performance- and custom-oriented automotive magazines published in the United States that started publication between 1945 and 2010, including: hot rods; street rods; custom cars; lowriders; domestic and foreign production cars, trucks, vans, pickups and sports cars; Volkswagens; race vehicles; replica vehicles such as kit cars and dune buggies; tuners, sports compact and hot hatches; go-karts; model cars; and slot car magazines.

History and cover images are accessed using the links to the left. Simply click on each magazine title or menu to see the covers.

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This library features the most popular performance-oriented periodicals based on circulation data, but it does include many rare issues. As there are 285 published titles so far (not counting limited series, annuals and one-shots) and 28,000 images, they are grouped into 20 content sections as follows. Links to each content section are on the left navigation panel.


THE CIRCLE OF LIFE:
With the demise of printed car magazines at a faster rate since 2014, this quote from Howard Cohen seems appropriate.

"Rather than bemoan the things that are no longer what they were, think how lucky we are to have lived in such interesting times, played with such fantastic and demanding cars and known such passionate, eccentric and accomplished people. We've crammed a lot into our lives and enjoyed almost the whole of an entire golden age."


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Most endeavors in human history are collaborative in nature, and this site is no different. In mid-2018, we started keeping track of those who contributed images and information. I am indebted to the following readers and contributors who helped make this site more accurate and complete: Dale Moreau, Jim Barnhart, Ray Tognarelli, Bob Schmitt, Geoff Hacker, Joel Driskill, Allen Kuhn, Randy Webb, Nick Pettit, William Kile, Mike Day, Kenneth Walkley, Dennis Shaw, Edward Dean Butler, Bill Mazer, Brandon Heine, Bruce Craig, Eric Harriott, Eric Stone, Gerry Boudreau, Ian Guilfoyle, Joey LeClaire, John De Boer, Larry Kargol, Luke Karosi, Mike Martin, Neil Rosenberg, Paul Best, Rob McDonald, Rusty Adams, Terry Boyce, Brian Shepherd, Julie Stembridge, Chuck Coyne, Jayna Huotari, Bill Buxton, John Taylor and Tim Lewis.


LEGAL:
This website is a database compilation. It is intended for general and technical reference, research, automobile history, genealogy and magazine collecting. All abstracts, publishing timelines, net paid circulation data compilations, market share rankings, publisher and title histories, searchable indices, graphics and other text and data are the work of the author and may NOT be reproduced without the author's written permission.

But the magazine covers and table of content pages on this website are digital images of physical printed matter. These image are from magazines owned by the website author, are in the public domain and owned by everyone, or are copyright-protected images owned by magazine publishers. The author of this website uses these images in a non-commercial manner to educate readers about the history of automotive magazines. Readers should fully understand their rights and responsibilities before downloading and subsequently re-using images on other websites or in printed matter.