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Anyone read latest CAR mag - am I alone in feeling like the germanic fixation reached some sort of orgasmic climax in the latest edition?

I'm jacking in after buying since 1981 because I can't tell what is ad and what is supposed to be objective journo.....because I hate the partial and amateur analysis of the eco issues, and because when I started I read Bulgin, Setright and Barker and what we have now is little better than the nadir of "I wanna be an engine" Tom Ford crapulence.

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You are getting nostalgic for those wonderful articles when Car was very different from anything else around. There was always some sepia photo of a Renault Fuego and an article so well written it made you wish you owned one.

That, and them being totally in love with Italian rather than German cars.

I find Martin Buckley's articles in Classic and Sportscar the nearest you can get to that old style Car Magazine feel.
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I gave up on CAR years ago. TBH I've no interest in it these days, I never even glance at the cover in Tescos.

I like Buckley too (and he's a Manc ) and I like Porter's column in EVO. Both have a much-welcomed touch of whimsy about them.
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spot on (-: - i recall as a kid being so besotted with new cars that I hung about dealers in a way that would be regarded as stalking nowadays. I actually cycled about 5 miles to attend the Mini Metro launch.......I chatted with the renault dealer when he tried to convince a clearly non-buying kid that the standard 2.0 Fuego (R18 coupe) would eat a 924 for brekkie. Full circle.





I do pick up C & SpCar - and I know what you mean....

I also recognise the switch from latin to germanic which, logically, can't be faulted


but i loved reading how brilliant r4's were....and original pandas.......
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SIF, I'm with you 100%.

Truth is that CAR of today cannot match CAR of the 70s/80s.

CAR of the 70s/80s was suggestive, questioning and provocative in way that no automotive media, or even mainstream media, had ever been before.

Setright, Bishop, Barker et al, were period pieces within their time. They helped CAR force open new thinking, relative to their era. And that new thinking - which was revolutionary then - is common place now. In an odd way, it's thanks to CAR that we have Clarkson, and a rejunvinated Top Gear.

CAR was liberal at a time that media wasn't. Now, thanks to the internet and a more chilled perspective from the 'always on' generation, CAR has has become incidental and irrelevant to the very automotive media landscape it helped to create.

CAR is like the cave man when he discovered fire. Formidable then, but worthless now that we have gas...Unless CAR can find an other source that is utterly brilliant.

For what it's worth, I say this as a massive CAR fan. I learnt more from Setright than I did my science teacher...

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LJK Setright's article was always something to look forward too.
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Agree with Jim about Setright......sometimes you had to sit down with a sheet of paper afterwards.

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SIF, I'm with you 100%.

Truth is that CAR of today cannot match CAR of the 70s/80s.

CAR of the 70s/80s was suggestive, questioning and provocative in way that no automotive media, or even mainstream media, had ever been before.

Setright, Bishop, Barker et al, were period pieces within their time. They helped CAR force open new thinking, relative to their era. And that new thinking - which was revolutionary then - is common place now. In an odd way, it's thanks to CAR that we have Clarkson, and a rejunvinated Top Gear.

CAR was liberal at a time that media wasn't. Now, thanks to the internet and a more chilled perspective from the always on generation, CAR has has become subservant to the very environment it part helped to create.

CAR is like the cave man when he discovered fire. Formidable then, but worthless now that we have gas...Unless CAR can find an other source that is utterly brilliant.

For what it's worth, I say this as a massive CAR fan. I learnt more from Setright than I did my science teacher...

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I agree, totally. Maybe the assumption is that we don't need to understand the engineering - mind you the youngster alongside Setright (some piano student) still showed a huge weakness for italian machinery (not often operational).

Maybe it makes a difference that they can count on having a Jag/Merc etc. as a "our car" all year. *****es!!!
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bloody piers merchant too





why not Rio Ferdinand?
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I changed my original post a bit:

'CAR was liberal at a time that media wasn't. Now, thanks to the internet and a more chilled perspective from the 'always on' generation, CAR has become incidental and irrelevant to the very automotive media landscape it helped to create.'

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still valid
and i think i'm bang on the money there, even though it hurts me to say so; Setright, Barker, Bishop, Bulgin, Green and Llelwyn (sp?) were legends.

The world has moved on from CAR.

Track days and track day heros are common-place (hence Evo)

Car fans love a laugh (hence Top Gear)

Car addicts love the gossip (hence Autocar and Autoexpress)

Joe Blow needs the best in boot space (hence What Car?)

I love old cars, so cheers big cheers to Octane an Classic & Sports Car mag.

Where does CAR, with it's so-so writers who often swear, now fit in?

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like you, I'm not so sure it does


like many amateurs- I think I could do better


but I might have an agenda
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Mark got a ton of old car magazines off someone on here (sorry dude I forget your name)

I've had great fun flicking thru all these old mags, some before I was even born. None of this glossy, 'look I've got boobs that means this car is hot rubbish'
 
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verily it was a better mag when i (or someone like me) was nicking it from smiths in 1982/3


i remember when the sierra was previewed (the PROBE III) it was interesting stuff for a kid who had cut his teeth on knackered cortina mk3's
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I stopped buying Car a while ago (partly because it's really expensive here) and usually buy Car & Driver instead.
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The onlt car mags I buy on a regular basis are practical classics, car mechanics and sometimes Auto italia.

The first two are "mechanically minded" magazines, and the other suits my enthusiasm for Italian cars.

I would only ever buy any of the others if there was a feature in one of them that I wanted to see.
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I remember a brilliantly funny short article (Ferrari Yellow?) about our 'hero' being taken on a test drive by a lunatic factory driver in a 308GTB. I wish I could read it again - inspired writing.

It was also the way they seemed to cover cars like a Peugeot 504 estate or a Fiat 127 that made the magazine so readable.

Car Magazine probably hit its purple patch 1973-1983 and the contributors were truly unmatched anywhere.
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I remember a brilliantly funny short article (Ferrari Yellow?) about our 'hero' being taken on a test drive by a lunatic factory driver in a 308GTB. I wish I could read it again - inspired writing
That, was, I think the Basta! Pasta! Fasta! story, IIRC.

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That, was, I think the Basta! Pasta! Fasta! story, IIRC.

Great stuff

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It went something like... (Ferrari test drive already has the author sick with fear)...

''Remembering the only Italian I knew (when I wanted to stop the waiter spooning more pasta on to my plate) I croaked ''basta, basta'' (enough, enough)....

Knowing I had no Italian, he noted my encouragement... ''Si, Si'' he grinned, ''faster, faster......''
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excellent stuff!
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Gave up on Car and now read Evo
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