Old Car Magazines

Every car enthusiast at some point or another has bought themselves a car magazine. In the same way that record collectors and music lovers buy old copies of the NME and Melody Maker, car lovers seek out old car magazines such as Practical Motorist, Motor Sport and Motor Trader. There’s a certain joy in skimming through the pages of old car mags and not only seeing the models of the day in reviews and articles but also looking at the advertising from that era, it’s always interested to stumble across a classic article about a beloved, classic car.

It’s very exciting to find old car magazines in good condition for sale on online auctions sites such as eBay because magazine by their very nature are first bought, read through then ultimately throw away or passed onto friends and family. These types of magazines nearly always end up as bathroom fodder even before they end up in the rubbish so it’s very rare to find old car magazines in anything other than a tatty, worn state. Old car publications sometimes meet an unhappy end at the hands of rodents with a craving for the printed word or simply just degrade over time from poor storage. For old car magazines to survive intact they will need special treatment and care when transported during a clear out or house move.

Some collectors of old car magazines might simply stick to a single publication or a particular era so if you’re lucky enough to find someone who’s letting an entire collection go you might just have a fantastic lot of a certain motoring magazine; usually their value is based on their scarcity and condition. If you’re buying online in bulk make sure you can collect the magazines in person as your precious magazines may be damaged in transit if the seller has inadequately packaged them.

10 Tips For Safe Motoring

Motoring in many countries today is considerably different from twenty or even ten years ago. With the exception of a few countries the standard of car driving has very noticeably fallen sharply. Whatever the reasons, attitude plays one of the biggest parts in safe, considerate motoring. There are dozens, possibly hundreds of ‘better motoring’ tips – here are just a few to help you to make the festive season, and all the year around, a more pleasant experience on the road – for others as well as for you.

1. ‘Give and take’ is a saying that applies as much to safe and pleasant motoring conditions as to other, every day life activities. In heavy traffic, allow other motorists to creep in from side roads. Do not close the gap just because you can…this is merely a demonstration of immaturity and inexperience – an experienced, mature driver does not act like this.

2. By the same reasoning – also in slow moving traffic – if a motorist from your left or right is indicating that he/she would like to change lanes, let them in, it costs you nothing and makes you feel better for being courteous.

3. Take note of intersections, particularly where the road is marked with yellow cross hatch ‘box junctions’, that you don’t enter the box until your exit is clear. The object of the markings is to show the area of the intersection that is the ‘danger zone’. It is to prevent congestion and also serves to show you where you do not want to be should a large 30 tonne petrol tanker come bearing down on you at speed! If there are no yellow cross hatchings on the road, just imagine a box in the middle of the cross road junction with imaginary lines drawn from each of the four corner kerbs…that’s the danger zone.

4. At train level crossings, keep clear of the area also marked by yellow cross hatching until, again, your exit is clear.

5. On the open road use your mirrors often. This will enable you to make early decisions on vehicles approaching from behind. A good motorist is aware at all time what is happening in their immediate and middle distance vicinity (at least), behind as well as to the front.

6. Limit your passengers to the number of seat belts that can comfortably be worn. At modern speeds (or even at a mere 50kph) an accident without a seat belt being worn can be disastrous.

7. Drive at a speed that is conducive to safety in relation to the conditions prevailing at the time. In other words, just because the speed restriction sign indicates that you can drive at 70kph does not mean that it is safe to do so if the road surface is wet, icy or otherwise covered in slippery substances.

8. Read the road at least three, preferably five cars ahead. By so doing you will be able intelligently to make whatever decisions you need to make, without them having to be ‘sudden’ decisions. This can save you and your passengers pain, anguish, money and regret.

9. Maintain a sensible distance between your car and the one in front. These days, if you collide with the vehicle in front, there is no excuse…you were driving without due care and/or attention, even dangerously; most countries have quite severe penalties for this.

10. Give signals to all road users in good time, not AFTER you have begun the procedure. And remember, you are giving them for those in front as well as behind you. This applies to cyclists and pedestrians alike. If they see your signal in plenty of time it may well prevent them from moving into your path without warning. In turn, this will prevent you from living with regret for the rest of your life.

Happy motoring!