|Type Weekly magazine|
Editor Kevin Turner
|Owner(s) Motorsport Network|
Circulation 18,022 Jan-Dec 2016
|Founded 1950; 67 years ago (1950)|
Autosport (ISSN 0269-946X) is a weekly magazine covering motorsport, published in the United Kingdom every Thursday. It was first published on 25 August 1950 by Gregor Grant, immediately prior to the Silverstone International Trophy meeting of that year. In 2016, Haymarket Media Group sold Autosport and other motorsport media outlets to Motorsport Network.
Its current editor is Kevin Turner, having assumed the role from Edd Straw in early 2016. Previous editor-in-chief Andrew van de Burgt, oversaw a comprehensive relaunch of the magazine in March 2009. Cartoonist Jim Bamber was one of its other regular contributors, with his cartoons of motorsport news topics until his death due to cancer in June 2014 . Another cartoonist to have a regular appearance from 1970 to 1994, when Bamber took over his regular slot following his battle with cancer, is Barry Foley, with his Team Catchpole strip.
The team's current roster of staff journalists includes F1 Group Editor Jonathan Noble, Assistant F1 Editor Ben Anderson, Deputy Editor Marcus Simmons, Autosport.com editor Glenn Freeman, Features Editor Scott Mitchell and Rallies Editor David Evans.
As well as covering all significant worldwide motorsport events, Autosport also covers the UK national, club and historic racing scene in the "Club Autosport" section, which includes a weekly column by Marcus Pye. Autosport also organizes the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award for young British racing drivers. David Coulthard and Jenson Button are both on the list of previous winners.
John Vary Bolster (24 May 1910 – 13 January 1984) became technical editor of Autosport on its foundation in 1950 and one of motoring journalism's most colourful personalities. John contributed weekly road tests and technical articles. He filed his last report for the magazine a few days before his death. Active in motor sport during the 1930s and in the 1940s with specials at Shelsley Walsh and Lewes (in particular his 7 cwt twin-engined later four-engined 200 bhp Bloody Mary usually holder of the fastest time of the day) and other venues his racing career was ended by a near fatal accident driving an ERA which overturned in the 1949 British Grand Prix. Owner and driver of a 1911 Silver Ghost Rolls-Royce and a 1903 Panhard-Levassor driven in every possible Brighton Run he was also an enthusiast for Stationary engines. In 1982 he received the Pemberton Trophy, the Guild of Motoring Writers' award for his achievements within his profession.
Author of numerous publications John was also the BBC television motor racing commentator. He was familiar to viewers of the 1950s and 1960s conducting interviews in his deerstalker hat.
In addition to the magazine, the publishers also maintain a website which covers much of the same area. In 2005, autosport.com took over AtlasF1, a rival Formula One news website. For a short time the website was called Autosport-Atlas but in January 2006 the name changed back to autosport.com.
The same company also organises a motorsport-themed exhibition called Autosport International, which has taken place every January at the NEC Birmingham, UK, since 1991. It reflects the magazine's coverage with displays from karting and grassroots motorsport to GTs and Formula One. There is also a Live Action area. Most industry players have presence there. It's the largest such exhibition in the world.
Autosport Asia Edition
In April 2011, Autosport re-launched Autosport Asia Edition. It is published by Bespoke Media Pte Ltd in Singapore. It is a monthly magazine instead of a weekly and the aim is that it will carry over most of the month's content from the British edition, as well as placing a very strong emphasis on the Asian motorsport scene.
Autosport Russian Edition
On 11 February 2013, launched Autosport Russian Edition.
Autosport Arabic Edition
On 1 November 2013, launched Autosport Arabic Edition.
Autosport French Edition
On 3 April 2014, launched Autosport French Edition.
Japanese AutosportSee AUTOSPORT in Japanese Wikipedia
Autosport shares the same name with the Japanese weekly magazine, AUTOSPORT (オートスポーツ), which was first published in 1964. The Japanese magazine covers the same topic but there is no relation with the British magazine.