Motorsports or Racer Magazine?

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  1. tampadave

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    #1 tampadave, Sep 12, 2013
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    I periodically pick up Racer and Motorsports magazines at Barnes & Noble. I ended another subscription recently and I'm looking for something to read on the Metro to DC.

    For long time subscribers, in particular, I'd like to hear your opinion of the magazines. Racer and Motorsports are both offering excellent subscription deals. I'm not into oval track racing.

    Thanks in advance.

    Dave
     
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    Grassroots Motorsports is good, I have a subscription.
     
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    I have had both and much prefer the rag from Grassroots.

    Racer is simply a rehash of the SpeedTV crap.
     
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    It will no longer be a rehash. No more Speed TV. RIP
     
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    Thanks for the input, guys. I checked the Grassroots Motorsports website and couldn't find much on F1 (my primary interest). I should have mentioned "F1 Racing" magazine among those I'm considering. "Motorsports" has great variety, including historical pieces, and "Racer" covers a multitude of motor sports fairly well. "Autosport" strikes me as a premier weekly, but at almost $350 per year, it's a bit pricey. Keep the opinions coming! I really appreciate the comments. I need a mag to read on those train rides to DC.
     
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    Yeah F1 and Grassroots are like oil and water.
     
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    You're saying Motorsports. I don't know of a mag with that exact title. Do you mean Motorsport Magazine?

    If so, that might be my choice if the price isn't exorbitant. I'm not familiar with the actual paper magazine though, just love the online coverage (check out the site if you haven't already done so). Lots of great original content and interesting perspectives beyond the typical mainstream. On the other hand, I have no idea how much of what I see on line makes it to the printing press.
     
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    Steve,

    Yeah, I meant "Motorsports Magazine". I've read a few issues and enjoyed them very much. "MM" delves into F1 from a historical perspective more than any F1-focused magazine I've read. Vintage racing is covered as well. They have a current offer of 15 issues for $85 or 30 issues for $150 (40% off news stand price).

    As for using the "MM" website to read articles, it doesn't work for me. I can't do Kindle, Nook, etc. I'm an old-fashioned MGB-driving kind of guy. I like to sit back in my leather chair, magazine in hand, and pour The Macallan and light up a fine cigar. Or, barring the idyllic setting, simply read the print magazine on the Metro heading into DC.
     
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    Understatement!
     
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    Been a Motorsport subscriber the past 2 years, enjoy the magazine. Also read F-1 too. The two balance out each other on news about F-1.
     
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    I've thought of that too. Still, "Racer" is pretty good. If my memory is correct, all three would cost about $193 for annual subscriptions.

    "F1 Racing" = $69
    "Motorsports Magazine" = $85
    "Racer" = $39

    There is always "Autosport". Try $347 for an annual subscription (51 issues).
     
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    Do any of you seniors remember "On Track", I subscribed for years but it

    vanished sometime back in the 90's. It was the best for racing coverage.
     
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    I remember when Autoweek was like a newspaper and was worth reading.
     
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    I think On Track morphed into Racer as I recall.
     
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    It is certainly different now, I have subscribed to it since around 1971 when

    it was in newspaper format, it was pretty much all racing back then. Used

    to save them to get the wood stove started!
     
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    Autoweek was Competition Press way back when. I have dropped my subscription, don't care for the new format or the every two weeks edition.
     

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