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Motorsport - Magazine Covers - 1950 to 1956

Motorsport magazine was the forerunner to Auto Craftsman magazine.  The first issue was published in October, 1950, ended with the August/September, 1956 issue.  It was then was re-titled to Auto Craftsman in December, 1956.  The magazine was owned by H-K Publications at 1140 East West Highway, Silver Springs, MD, and it had executive offices in New York City.  Publishers were Joseph Hardie and Raymond Kelly.

Content was largely focused on European sport cars, antique automobiles from the United States, U.S. domestic cars, and stock car racing.  Hot rod content seemed to be minimal, but Motorsport did have a classic hot rod cover with the April, 1951 issue. 

In the early fifties, many of the general purpose automobile magazines seemed to cover all rodding and racing topics - hot rods, sports cars, stock cars, etc.  Most of these titles either went out of business, or they narrowed their scope which is consistent with the trend to become more specialized as to content and the target audience.

Oct 1950 Vol 1 No 1 Nov 1950 Vol 1 No 2 Dec 1950 Vol 1 No 3 Jan 1951 Vol 2 No 1
Feb 1951 Vol 2 No 2 Mar 1951 Vol 2 No 3 Apr 1951 Vol 2 No 4 May 1951 Vol 2 No 5
June 1951 Vol 2 No 6 July 1951 Vol 2 No 7 Aug 1951 Vol 2 No 8 Sept 1951 Vol 2 No 9
Oct 1951 Vol 2 No 10 Nov 1951 Vol 2 No 11 Dec 1951 Vol 2 No 12 Jan 1952 Vol 3 No 1
Feb 1952 Vol 3 No 2 Mar 1952 Vol 3 No 3 Apr 1952 Vol 3 No 4 May 1952 Vol 3 No 5
June 1952 Vol 3 No 6 July 1952 Vol 3 No 7 Aug 1952 Vol 3 No 8 Sept 1952 Vol 3 No 9
Oct 1952 Vol 3 No 10 Nov 1952 Vol 3 No 11 Dec 1952 Vol 3 No 12 Jan/Feb 1953 Vol 4 No 1
Mar/Apr 1953 Vol 4 No 2 May/Jun 1953 Vol 4 No 3 Jul/Aug 1953 Vol 4 No 4 Sep/Oct 1953 Vol 4 No 5
Nov/Dec 1953
Vol 4 No 6
Jan/Feb 1954
Vol 5 No 1
Mar/Apr 1954
Vol 5 No 2
May/June 1954
Vol 5 No 3
July/Aug 1954
Vol 5 No 4
Sept/Oct 1954
Vol 5 No 5
Nov/Dec 1954
Vol 5 No 6
Jan/Feb 1955
Vol 5 No 7?
Mar/Apr 1955 May/June 1955 July/Aug 1955 Sept/Oct 1955
Vol 7 No 5
Nov/Dec 1955 Jan/Feb 1956
Vol 8 No 1
Mar 1956
Vol 8 No 2
Apr 1956
Vol 8 No 3
May 1956
Vol 8 No 4
June/July 1956
Vol 8 No 5
Aug/Sept 1956
Last Known Issue
 

 

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