started looking through the old mans car mags in the late 70s when i were 6 or 7.him buying his first mustang got me into yanks and the scene back then plus trips to the cc show in london and local dos in salisbury where i got to sit in rubelion.when i moved to dorset in 83 me nan started buying me street machine.tho it was seing nick farences consul in street machine that got me into kustoms,that and kev rooneys green capri.all downhill from there really.
Sreet Machine & Custom Car prob back in the early 80's. Cant remember what was on the cover of the first issue I bought, but then again, cant remember what was on last months copy :shake:
I dont keep all my old stuff (wish I had) but when you look back at an old issue 10, 20, 30 years old & look at the prices of stuff :shock: :sniff:
Influenced my son (now 19) over the years, he always reads the mags I have lying around (tho never buys 'em, tight sod)
Hot Rod Magazine, back in the late fifties when the pictures had a green tint.
I had a Saturday job that just about covered my 'Paper Shop' bill. I had on order, Hot Rod, Meccano Magazine, Courier (bike racing) and the Beano!
I started off with the odd copy of CC in the mid 80s as a gateway drug, but it was Street Machine that really did it for me being the one with more actual "custom cars" in it. I used to take mags into school to try and get my mates interested but I don't think they could ever see the point.
I'd hate to think how much money I've spent on car mags over 25-ish years, still got most of them too.
for me,as a young lass sometime in the 70s,it was custom car with lemmon squash,loved that car,drew pictures of it,eventualy got the centre page spread on my bedroom wall.dad was chuffed,mum despaired,still does and im 37 now. last time i saw it i think it had blue flames? spoilt the whole thing for me really.got my own chopped mk2 when i was 19,though it was primered,loved that car,where is it now,CAS 44A, ANYONE SEEN IT ?
Miss petrol head,your car was built By Big Ian up here in sunny Scotland many moons ago,I had a drive in her years ago when my mate Alan from Fort William owned then my other mate Kenny had it for a while........................ 20 yrs ago roughly ,so you must have had it after they guys.....If you look on Xmembers Scottish Rodding forum undre old photos there is a picture of your old car at a local car show to me 20 odd years ago
Ps Building a Kustom Mk2 Zeph (When time allows )
Street Machine, the issue from some time in 1989 with the 'Awesome' sticker on the cover was the 1st mag I brought for myself.
Still have the bottle opener keyring from a 1990 issue too.
Before that my dad would get the mags that featured Andy Saunders cars to show me,he's friends with Andy, & would explain to me what Andy was building,& occasionly I would be taken to see the build in progress
I got a book for my birthday with **** Cookes Camero on the cover ,a few days later spotted Aug 83 issue of Street Machine with a olds v8 Cortina on the cover ,that was it i was hooked .
Around 1999 i saw the car at Guildford Cruise and was tempted to buy it ,but the gf talked me out of it .
Think its sad that the next generation will miss the wild rides we built and saw in the 70s and 80s
as for me, a fella round the corner had a yellow pro-street something, but it has to be STREET MACHINE, god i miss that mag :sniff:, never really liked cc, always seemed to have/does have cars that are just not relevant to me.
as a kid my old man had yanks all the time with a few custom throwed in, also i used to buy model kits from norwood juntion models still going in portland road, and nick my dads cc mags, then it happened i watched american gaffitti i was hooked line and sinker, i wanted that yellow car :sniff:, and got one but had to wait years:happy:,
Wasnt really magazines that got me hooked. I was born in a village just outside Stratford upon Avon. As a lot of you will know, This is close to Long Marsdon, Where Avon park raceway is.
There was then, And still is now, A sunday market held on the same air field.
Back then there was no wall, no bank, no stands, no fencing, No nothing really.
There used to be a small temporarry barrier that you could just walk around or jump over.
My mum used to take me along to the market and whenever we were near the track my mum would take me over for alook.
It was all 60s plymouths n 50s Chevys.
I loved them all but wanted a super Bee or a 57 Chevy. They made the best noises!
Used to go home n get the scalextric out, set up a huge straight track, Stick the F1 car rear wheels on me mk1 Escorts n Minis and drag race.
Its been down hill from there on really.
I did end up with a 57 tho:tup:
A kid at school had a copy of Custom Car about 1983 or 84, had a white 49-51 Mercury and a Checker cab in it amongst others. Bought the mag off him and still have it somewhere.
Then a copy of Chrome'n'Flames - anyone remember that? It was still going last time I looked. It had a purple '65 Grand Prix lowrider, a top fuel bucket T and some coverage of one of the Ally Pally shows that got me interested again.
Bought a couple of books about Customising Cars / Drag Racing and then started buying Street Machine in Sept 1987 and Custom Car around the same time, have every issue of both ever since. Classic American from issue 1 as well.
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