Classic F1 publications go digital

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine


Two of Formula 1’s most respected journals are digitising their comprehensive back catalogues.

Top annual F1 journal Autocourse, and early F1 magazine and authority Motorsport, are publishing electronic versions of their early editions.

Motorsport have begun offering searchable, browsable editions of entire decades of their magazines on DVD. The magazine covered much more than just Formula 1 but the epic original Grand Prix reports by Denis Jenkinson are utterly fascinating.

I have a stack of Motorsports from the fifties and sixties piled up in my parents’ home and am especially delighted they’ve come up with a more practical way of giving access to them. Unfortunately my birthday’s not until November… (I’m also a fan of the new-look Motorsport).

The decades DVDs for the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, each containing 120 issues, are ??39.99 per decade. There are also individual year editions available for 1957, 1967, 1976 and 1986 because of particular interest in these years, priced at ??14.99 each.

Meanwhile, owners of the famous Autocourse, Motocourse and Rallycourse annuals for F1, motorbikes and rallying respectively, have indicated they will be producing electronic copies of their editions soon.

Individual editions of Autocourses from early years are sold for hundreds of pounds and complete collections have been valued at over ??4,000.

My own Autocourse collection numbers 14, including my prized 1982 edition, which famously has no number one driver in its annual “top ten drivers” list, because of the death of Gilles Villeneuve.