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ZeTurbo
09-02-2006, 01:05 PM
Being a car affectionado, I have come across a problem that I am sure many of you have faced.

As long as i have been able to earn my own money, I have "wasted" it in Car magazines. After 5 years I have reached the point where I have no more room. I have been rearranging my personal space lately and found myself reflecting on the use of so many car mags. I have every single Road & Track since February 2001, many EVOs, a few Automobile, European car, Auto Hebdo and AutoSport.

On one side I have grown fond of them. I like sometimes going back to old mags and reading some nice articles. They Contributed a BIG chunk of my automotive education. They are like an old friend.

On the other hand, They are no mercantile value, some are in bad shape, and i WILL on day have to stop collecting them. Also, today i spend most of time surfing the internet for info, and articles. Pictures are also more numerous on the net.

SO, I am asking you, fellow UCPers, to share you experience with this, and maybe it will help me deal with this problem...

NSXType-R
09-02-2006, 01:06 PM
I can understand where you're coming from. I have a sizable collection of Popular Science magazines. I really don't want to throw them out, but its good to keep them. Just find a milk crate or something and stick it in the attic. Besides that, I really have no suggestion.

Nazmacher
09-02-2006, 02:47 PM
Being a car affectionado, I have come across a problem that I am sure many of you have faced.

As long as i have been able to earn my own money, I have "wasted" it in Car magazines. After 5 years I have reached the point where I have no more room. I have been rearranging my personal space lately and found myself reflecting on the use of so many car mags. I have every single Road & Track since February 2001, many EVOs, a few Automobile, European car, Auto Hebdo and AutoSport.

On one side I have grown fond of them. I like sometimes going back to old mags and reading some nice articles. They Contributed a BIG chunk of my automotive education. They are like an old friend.

On the other hand, They are no mercantile value, some are in bad shape, and i WILL on day have to stop collecting them. Also, today i spend most of time surfing the internet for info, and articles. Pictures are also more numerous on the net.

SO, I am asking you, fellow UCPers, to share you experience with this, and maybe it will help me deal with this problem...


Your not alone. Have the same problem. When we were moving into a new place made sure to plan for the mags, but two years later, I'm already outta place. Magazines seem to permeate from almost anywhere. Totally outta control mate. I have absolutely no sensible solution. Although I have thought up a few inane ones.

Firstly, know what you mean bout "They Contributed a BIG chunk of my automotive education. They are like an old friend" But not all articles in a mag are worthy of such praise. Cut em out(though I hate doin so)

"I like sometimes going back to old mags and reading some nice articles." (how often?)

Well actually, to be very honest, I ask myself these qts answer tham, and still end up with more mags. So basically I cant solve any of your problems.

Sure, the internet is a great source of almost anything.... but a mag is still a mag. Sell your table r chair, but for god sakes dont throw em out. Keep em for posterity!

ScionDriver
09-02-2006, 10:07 PM
I have a pretty sizeable collection I have gathered over the years but some have been thrown out either forced by my mom or some lost when we moved. I understand what you mean though, you will never know when you want to reference one.

I still have a Motor Trend, Car and Driver, and Road and Track from January 2000 when they all did retrospects on 100 years of the car. I review those all the time.

I say keep them, buy a couple good storage boxes (I.e. a rubbermaid) and then store them in your garage or basement on a shelf or other dry area.

Gardin
09-03-2006, 02:01 AM
I have collected car magazines for over 20 years I started to subscribe in 1985 and now collect a dozen different magazines every month and still get other magazines regularly so I have approximatly 10 meters of magazines if I stacked them on top of eachother.

dydzi
09-03-2006, 11:59 AM
i had about 100 kg of polish "auto bild" that i used to collect when i was small and last friday i got rid of them all. now that space is being filled by my car brochures :D

DesmoRob
09-03-2006, 12:20 PM
I donated mine to my school library. That way they no longer take up my entire shelf, they aren't lost, and everyone can enjoy/appreciate them. There's even a few Auto Motor und Sport (german), I'd like to see them read that:D.

KonaGreen
09-03-2006, 11:51 PM
I have just moved to a new apartment, and I've got some 200lbs + in magazine's. I'll be donating all of the ones that I weed out to the library, doctors offices etc.

motorsportnerd
09-04-2006, 04:16 AM
They are no mercantile value, some are in bad shape, and i WILL on day have to stop collecting them.



Don't be so sure about the "no mercantile value" statement. Check Ebay. Old mags can swap hands for quite a few dollars.
I've collected magazines for over 20 years - probably have over 4,000 by now. Titles include issues of the Australian publications Wheels and Motor, both with over 80% complete runs from the 1950s when they started up to this months copies. There's also near complete runs of the New Zealand titles - NZ Autocar and NZ Driver and a complete run of the defunct New Zealand Car (published from the mid 80s-mid 90s). Also, I have plenty of copies of UK magazines CAR, EVO, Autocar, Motor, Autosport; US magazines Road & Track and Car & Driver and other Australian magazines such as Motorsport News, Auto Action, Australian Muscle Car and the defunct Car Australia.
The storage issue is solved in my case as half the collection is in storage in large boxes at my parents place in New Zealand. The other half is stored in a great little room at the back of my garage in Sydney, Australia (where I've lived for seven years) that has been converted into a library.
I don't intend to give up my collection. I'll sell parts of it and nowadays I buy and sell mags on Ebay to fund my hobby of collection older mags from the 50s through to the 70s. Mags don't even have to be that old to be valuable to some people - I sold a 1997 edition of the Australian Motor magazine for over A$50. Its cover value was $6. I paid 45 cents for it as part of a bulk collection. Whenever I buy a bulk collection I sell copies I already have - that was one. I've sold plenty of others for over A$10. Another example is that early issues of EVO go for lots of money on UK Ebay and the very early issues of Australian Muscle Car are worth up to A$160. And EVO started in 1998 and Aust Muscle Car in 2002 - so even recent titles can be worth money. Magazines aren't as valuable as brochures, but they still have a market.
Magazines are great historical resources. The articles and road tests of the new models are always worth keeping - especially for your favourite cars. In the era since the dawn of the internet, magazines have come under lots of pressure. I still find the best magazines better than the huge array of websites devoted to new and classic cars. The internet is great for pictures, forums like this one and as an additional historical resource. However, there's too much poor auto-journalism on the mainstream car review sites for my liking.
The internet may kill of the print media in coming years unfortunately. The great British magazine Car has recently moved more to online publishing and the magazine may suffer as a result. If its successful, other long-standing titles will follow. But the question of whether the internet will kill off the print media and whether this is a good thing is probably worthy of its own thread.
So, if you like your magazines, find a couple of sturdy boxes and store them, or convert an unused storage area into a library like I did.

henk4
09-04-2006, 04:23 AM
Magazines are great historical resources. The articles and road tests of the new models are always worth keeping - especially for your favourite cars.

The "raison d'etre" of UCP. It is like a weekly magazine, but you don't need to store the copies or throw them away, and all articles are instantly retrievable.
BTW I bought Cavallino on a regular basis during the eigthies, and many issues are now worth over a 100 dollars...

motorsportnerd
09-04-2006, 05:38 AM
The "raison d'etre" of UCP. It is like a weekly magazine, but you don't need to store the copies or throw them away, and all articles are instantly retrievable.
BTW I bought Cavallino on a regular basis during the eigthies, and many issues are now worth over a 100 dollars...

I expect that most of the major magazine publications will eventually scan all their issues and post them online with extensive databases of articles available at the click of a button. In fact, I Autosport, Car & Driver and Road&Track already have extensive on-line archives of their old printed copies.
After all, Google has ambitious plans to scan and provide a database of every book every published.
However, I still like looking at the original (especially pre-internet) road-tests and articles rather than an online copy - old fashioned I know.
And I prefer paper to hand-held PCs for reading on the train/buses, etc.
I reckon I'll enjoy the best of both worlds for a while yet - the original, paper based copies of old magazines and the instant access of the internet.

ZeTurbo
09-04-2006, 08:26 AM
Don't be so sure about the "no mercantile value" statement. Check Ebay. Old mags can swap hands for quite a few dollars.
I've collected magazines for over 20 years - probably have over 4,000 by now. Titles include issues of the Australian publications Wheels and Motor, both with over 80% complete runs from the 1950s when they started up to this months copies. There's also near complete runs of the New Zealand titles - NZ Autocar and NZ Driver and a complete run of the defunct New Zealand Car (published from the mid 80s-mid 90s). Also, I have plenty of copies of UK magazines CAR, EVO, Autocar, Motor, Autosport; US magazines Road & Track and Car & Driver and other Australian magazines such as Motorsport News, Auto Action, Australian Muscle Car and the defunct Car Australia.
The storage issue is solved in my case as half the collection is in storage in large boxes at my parents place in New Zealand. The other half is stored in a great little room at the back of my garage in Sydney, Australia (where I've lived for seven years) that has been converted into a library.
I don't intend to give up my collection. I'll sell parts of it and nowadays I buy and sell mags on Ebay to fund my hobby of collection older mags from the 50s through to the 70s. Mags don't even have to be that old to be valuable to some people - I sold a 1997 edition of the Australian Motor magazine for over A$50. Its cover value was $6. I paid 45 cents for it as part of a bulk collection. Whenever I buy a bulk collection I sell copies I already have - that was one. I've sold plenty of others for over A$10. Another example is that early issues of EVO go for lots of money on UK Ebay and the very early issues of Australian Muscle Car are worth up to A$160. And EVO started in 1998 and Aust Muscle Car in 2002 - so even recent titles can be worth money. Magazines aren't as valuable as brochures, but they still have a market.
Magazines are great historical resources. The articles and road tests of the new models are always worth keeping - especially for your favourite cars. In the era since the dawn of the internet, magazines have come under lots of pressure. I still find the best magazines better than the huge array of websites devoted to new and classic cars. The internet is great for pictures, forums like this one and as an additional historical resource. However, there's too much poor auto-journalism on the mainstream car review sites for my liking.
The internet may kill of the print media in coming years unfortunately. The great British magazine Car has recently moved more to online publishing and the magazine may suffer as a result. If its successful, other long-standing titles will follow. But the question of whether the internet will kill off the print media and whether this is a good thing is probably worthy of its own thread.
So, if you like your magazines, find a couple of sturdy boxes and store them, or convert an unused storage area into a library like I did.

Most of the magazines on my collection are pretty mainstream and the oldest is a Road and Track from Aug 2000. Im sure one day they will be pretty valuable but for now they arent....

Glad to see i am not alone in this. I will probably keep putting themn away in my closet untill I move out of my parents house.(good luck teelling my dad i want to make a library in the garage)

Thank you very much for the input guys.

NSXType-R
09-05-2006, 04:08 PM
No problem man, I'm sure all of us in UCP love cars as much as you do. :D

NSXType-R
09-05-2006, 04:09 PM
After all, Google has ambitious plans to scan and provide a database of every book every published.

You're right, but does a magazine qualify as a book?

KonaGreen
09-05-2006, 10:11 PM
I wish my wife saw my magazine's as some of you do :(

acemotorsport
09-05-2006, 10:32 PM
i have just under 150 mags since start of 2002 i got everything from motor and wheels to driftbattle and xbox/ps2 mags

henk4
09-05-2006, 11:27 PM
I wish my wife saw my magazine's as some of you do :(

I put them out of sight:D

motorsportnerd
09-06-2006, 03:05 PM
You're right, but does a magazine qualify as a book?

Probably not. More thinking about the general direction things are going. I'm sure many of the publishing companies will provide online archives of the old printed copies of many magazine titles before long.

magracer
09-06-2006, 06:37 PM
Ideas that came to my mind:

1. Keep your evo issues and throw away everything else! It's the only car magazine worth reading.
2. Weed your collection. Keep the issues that you like the most.
3. Post in a local car forum and offer them for free to the first person that knocks on your door... wave good bye and cry!;) or give them to a library so that less fortunate people can enjoy them.
5. Find space to store them and be a real car mag nut, like the rest of us! :D :D :D

ps... This is how my desk looks ATM.

25th Countach
10-02-2006, 10:45 AM
Hmmm
*Acting like a person in a AA meeting.*

Hello
Im 25th Countach and I.. collect car magazines.

My car magazines have been around a long, long time. I do check back with them every so often. I find it beneficial to see the past generations of vehicles. Not to mention I think I have one mag from about 82 that did a future issue. Quite amazing to see what was future then.. is literally ancient now. My car mags are very very important to me. I hoard them and protect them like children / cats.

I currently have enough magazines to fill 4, 7' x 3' bookshelves from top to bottom. I also read, Intersection, Car and Driver, Road and Track, Automobile, EVO, CAR, Motor Trend, and Motor Trend Classic, AUTOMOBILE news, a Monthly Porsche magazine.. then there is my This Old House mag and I have about 100lbs of Sport Truck magazines. In all about.. a coupla hundred lbs worth of car magazines. Im not talking naked girl on car mags.. Im talking Road and Track back to 95 and sport truch back to 85. It is insane.

I refuse.. to let any of my car magazines go. I couldnt fathom the concept of giving them to a doctors office, or any library. When I moved.. I had to condense some of my autoshow pamplets.. so instead of 10boxes.. I had 6. It was very very difficult.
Its.. insanity. I.. dont believe in throwing away or donating car mags of any kind. I believe in bringing in a priest.. or some Cardinal and blessing / pardoning me.. for I have sinned.. If I ever tossed a car mag. When I go home... my mags are like cats.. all over the place. They are waiting to be read. On my book shelves, looking at me. I have so much to read every month.. (paired with all of the car.com sites I hit a month, Thecarconnection, ultimatecarpage.com, autoblog.com, autoextremist.com, CARS CARS CARS, etc etc). I swear my mind just cant contain it.

I hate to be rude.. but sit in ya bedroom or ya den admist 10 piles of car magazines and bookshelf after book shelf.. of just car mags... and enjoy the world ya live in..

And on top of all that.. I also have 3 book cases.. of just car books. I am a car guy.. but the insanity.. will not stop. And remember the 14th commandment..

P.S KONAGREEN. I also share your pain. My fiance knows how many mags I have and how much I read a month. She also has to step over the car mags to get into bed.. and move them around in the bathroom.

THOU SHALT NOT TOSS AWAY THY AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINES.

peregrine
10-23-2006, 10:01 PM
In search of color slides (or HI-RES digitals) of some older vehicles:

1969 Ghia Lancia Fulvia Competizione
1974 Ghia Ford Coins
1968 Bertone Carabo
1970 Bertone Stratos Zero
1973 Bertone NSU Trapeze
1976 Bertone Navajo
1978 Bertone Sibilio
1984 Bertone Ramarro
1989 IAD Venus
1972 Iso Rivolta Varedo
1968 Italdesign Bizzarrini Manta
1971 Italdesign Caimano
1972 Italdesign Boomerang
1991 Italdesign Nazca M12
1995 Italdesign Cala
1967 Pininfarina Dino 206 Competizione
1968 Pininfarina Ferrari P5
1969 Pininfarina Ferrari 512S Speciale
1970 Pininfarina Ferrari Modulo
1984 Pininfarina Honda HP-X
1989 Pininfarina Ferrari Mythos
1997 Sbarro Ionos
1998 Sbarro Crisalys
1993 Zagato Ferrari FZ93
1999 Yamaha OX99-11

I'm a buyer at the right price. If available but not for sale, I'll pay you to have it/them digitized for me. If you have any of these, RSVP to WmKMead@aol.com

Daz27
10-24-2006, 12:23 PM
Ive got so many copis of Wheels magazine, going back to the early 80's its not funny, and for a while (9 years) I collected Street Machine as well, not counting the V8 supercar official programs and F1 magazines, I must have 300 or so kilo's of mags. I sold the first 20 issues of Australian Muscle Car on ebay for 800 bux. Got screwed cos the first issue alone is worth over 300.
I'll never part with my mags, I grew up and learnt by their teachings. Viva Mclaren f1, Ferrari F40, theres a thousand cars I love because of those mags, and giving them away would be giving away my life.

VtecMini
10-24-2006, 02:26 PM
Regardless of what it may be, be it magazines, books, consoles, games, whatever, I take stock of what the object is worth on the open market via a wee bit of research, then I evaluate its value to me as an object of usefulness/sentimental value/future value/whatever and if its worth more to me than to whomever I'd have to sell it to, it doesn't go.

Great example just half an hour ago. Got a message to call some guy who's got my number from a friend and he wants to buy my boat. I don't use the boat and haven't for about 2 years, but I'm still paying a fair lump a year to store it. Before calling the guy back I come up with an approximate value to me, which as it turns out, is about twice as much as said caller is willing to part with. Net result? I'm keeping the boat.

The boat and I have travelled to the south of France once and Belgium twice, both for international races. Selling the boat is my way of saying that I'll never get back in to it, which is disasterous. So regardless of the fact that I don't use it and its technically of no real value to me, its still worth a lot to me, just like your car mags.

boomchek
11-09-2006, 08:01 PM
If any of you in the vancouver bc area have old car mags or sales brochures that you want to get rid of, please email me.

I have about 1500 brochures and about a 1000 car mags. I am not a dealer, as these are for my enjoyment only.

Thanks

KonaGreen
11-10-2006, 12:13 AM
Hey boomcheck,

I have a ton of CAR uk magazines up for grabs. I'll e-mail you with the ads that I have posted.

Didymus
03-22-2007, 05:56 PM
There's even a few Auto Motor und Sport (german), I'd like to see them read that:D.

Be grateful if they manage to get beyond the pictures in the English ones and actually read the text.

Didy