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A few years ago, I lost High Performance Pontiac. The publisher automatically switched me to Motor Trend. (Why would I want to read about somebody swooning over the number of cupholders in the latest "crossover") I had to call them to get my remaining subscription switched to Mopar Muscle. That was fine but now they have cancelled that AND Car Craft right after pestering me to resub to both. My wife did the resubs as that's all I wanted for Christmas. I actually had to call them and get a refund. On top of that, they signed her up for Motor Trend On Demand and she had 2 months of subscription charges for that without even knowing. ($4.99 per moth for the rest of your life). They didn't even have a number to call. I had to send an email to get that cancelled. Fortunately they responded right away and refunded all of it. If my cable bill gets too high, I will seriously consider Motor Trend On Demand. But not unless I can get it on my TV screen. I do not want to watch shows sitting in a computer chair in front of the PC.

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Guys....all of you who have received the offer from TEN for digital subscriptions for the remaining portions of your subscriptions to Hot Rod DeLuxe, Street Rodder, Muscle Car Review, and the like....please be aware that you have ANOTHER option which they cleverly failed to convey to you. 

Call the number at the bottom of the notice for customer service and DEMAND a full refund check for the value of your remaining subscription period that you paid for.  This id the clearest way of saying to TEN and the new owners of the now-discontinued titles that you strongly disapprove of their decision to drop this titles (which were, I am told by insiders, still profitable), and that (if you are like me) you have no used for digital subscriptions in their place. 

Best....TIM 

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On 1/18/2020 at 5:33 PM, Ace-Garageguy said:

But the mags are going AWAY...not just going to a digital format.

There are MANY more people in the country than ever before, but far FEWER real hardcore dirty-hands car enthusiasts.

Just as the percentage of drivers who can operate a manual gearbox is declining every year (in 2017 it was down to less than 20%), the percentage of the population that would even think working on a car was something they might like to do is dropping rapidly. I'm in the industry. Even though a good mechanic or bodyman/painter can still make high five- to low six-figure incomes, we have NO entry level folks coming in. 

I agree.  The manual gearbox issue is frustrating to me.  It's hard to find a new car that even has it as an option.  Even then, you usually have to order it as dealers won't stock them.  Couple that with people that just aren't even interested in driving or even owning a car. 

As to mechanics/bodymen, it seems all the trades are suffering from a lack of new entrants.  Plumbing, welding, etc.  So much emphasis on college and tech for the younger crowd is stifling the fields where we have so much need for new blood.  

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On 1/18/2020 at 9:32 PM, Modelbuilder Mark said:

Just saw a Traditional Rod and Kultrure mag on the racks today. Is that one going away as well?

What???? I thought they ceased publication early last year. Now I have to go on the hunt. If this is true that they're still publishing, that's great news!

Edit- Traditional Rod and Kulture Illustrated ceased production after issue 57.

According to this article on the HAMB, a new magazine called Speed and Kulture  is taking it's place. Trying to find a source for it now.

https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/speed-and-kulture-magazine-traditional-rod-and-kulture.1165943/

Edited by Mr. Metallic
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4 hours ago, Mr. Metallic said:

What???? I thought they ceased publication early last year. Now I have to go on the hunt. If this is true that they're still publishing, that's great news!

Edit- Traditional Rod and Kulture Illustrated ceased production after issue 57.

According to this article on the HAMB, a new magazine called Speed and Kulture  is taking it's place. Trying to find a source for it now.

https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/speed-and-kulture-magazine-traditional-rod-and-kulture.1165943/

Incredibly disappointing. I will have to check out Speed and Kulture.

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The Rodder's Journal is the best automotive magazine in print.  When they were located in South San Francisco, they would set up a vendors table at the Good Guys show in Pleasanton, CA and sell back issues dirt cheap at $5.00 each.  Now that they have moved their office to the east coast, they are no longer at the Good Guys shows in Pleasanton.  Too bad about the end of all of those car magazines.  I was especially bummed out about Lowrider Magazine.

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MCR had a pretty good run, but they never did fill the gap left when Tom Shaw passed away :unsure:

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On 1/18/2020 at 12:17 AM, The Junkman said:

Just a question: has The Rodder's Journal gone away?  I had a subscription a long time ago and still pick up issues that interest me but I've not seen it in the bookstores for months.  Real great for inspiration

They haven't gone away. They moved their offices from San Francisco to Virginia and brought their printing back to the United States from overseas. I called them last week, Issue #83 is due to come out soon. They apologized for the delay, it took them longer than they thought to get back up and running. The last issue was #82 Spring 2019. I have a 2 year subscription and they said I will see every issue. Love the magazine, best one out there. Wealth of history, information and inspiration on Hot Rods and Customs, both past and current.

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I'm also a subscriber and as I understand it from the emails I've got from them (wich is a couple a week) the delay is mostly because of the Covid19 and all shutdowns.

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TEN... The Enthousiast Network. Or just a business? I experienced the cancellation issues as well. Terrible service. Enthousiast should treat eachother differently. IMHO.

 Rodder's Journal is a great magazine (or should we say "book")!!

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On 1/18/2020 at 3:33 PM, Ace-Garageguy said:

But the mags are going AWAY...not just going to a digital format.

There are MANY more people in the country than ever before, but far FEWER real hardcore dirty-hands car enthusiasts.

Just as the percentage of drivers who can operate a manual gearbox is declining every year (in 2017 it was down to less than 20%), the percentage of the population that would even think working on a car was something they might like to do is dropping rapidly. I'm in the industry. Even though a good mechanic or bodyman/painter can still make high five- to low six-figure incomes, we have NO entry level folks coming in. 

Hello, this is very true. We had a I car meeting last summer and Otto from Germany was teaching computers on cars. There was 50 of us and he asked how many are retiring in 5 years or less. 47 raised their  hands. No one new comming in. 

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Just received issue #83 in the mail today. Excellent magazine as always.

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Rodder"s Journal is more a collectable book series than a magazine.  And I might add, the best that real hotrodders could ever hope for. 

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9 minutes ago, Flat32 said:

Rodder"s Journal is more a collectable book series than a magazine.  And I might add, the best that real hotrodders could ever hope for. 

Yup.

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21 hours ago, Flat32 said:

Rodder"s Journal is more a collectable book series than a magazine.  And I might add, the best that real hotrodders could ever hope for. 

I'll second that.👍

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On 1/20/2020 at 10:38 PM, carrucha said:

The Rodder's Journal is the best automotive magazine in print.  When they were located in South San Francisco, they would set up a vendors table at the Good Guys show in Pleasanton, CA and sell back issues dirt cheap at $5.00 each.  Now that they have moved their office to the east coast, they are no longer at the Good Guys shows in Pleasanton.  Too bad about the end of all of those car magazines.  I was especially bummed out about Lowrider Magazine.

You can still get back issues on-line for $5.00. You just have to pay postage. I order 4 a couple of months ago, and with postage, they were about $9.00 each. Still a bargain for what you get.

 

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On 4/14/2020 at 3:09 PM, vintagerpm said:

You can still get back issues on-line for $5.00. You just have to pay postage. I order 4 a couple of months ago, and with postage, they were about $9.00 each. Still a bargain for what you get.

 

I was not aware of the online price for back issues.  Thanks!

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Got my latest issue in the mail yesterday. 

Major feature on the original Uncertain T and the clone built in New Zealand and shown at 2019 SEMA.  And  some new info about Steve Scott and the original car, plus a little new news on the original model kit origins.  

TIM 

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