A quick message: I once said, back in issue one of MotorPunk magazine, that if other mags are a new Evoque on PCP, then MotorPunk is a hotwired XJS with an iffy MOT. Sadly, sometime very shortly, that Jag will be put on axle stands and its insurance cancelled. It seems that more people want mass market cars, as opposed to the obscure cack we ‘punks love to champion in print. Sorry, but issue four of the print magazine will be our last. For a while, at least. Consider it SORNed.

Subscribers will soon hear from the Publisher, Performance Publishing, for a refund of any subscriptions paid up front. Their details are online here and their other publications continue as normal. It’s not them, it’s us. Darryl and I would like to thank Adam, and the team at Performance Publishing, for taking a leap of faith in backing our magazine in the first place. We had hoped that enough of you cheapskates reading content for free online would cough up a few quid to help produce something special in print. Not quite enough people did that to make it financially viable in the long term and we’d rather go under than saddle the mag with a ton of shite adverts. We could have had a better defined editorial focus, we could have used cheaper paper, we could have drunk less when we went to Latvia to drive Ladas. But that’s not us. A massive thank you to those who have backed us. Some of you have become friends, some have become sexual conquests, all have been a pleasure to write for. Thank you.

There’ll still be occasional content here on the website to keep people entertained, and we’ll continue to write for other publications and do YouTubing, too, but MotorPunk in print joins Jalopy, Fast Car, What Daewoo and other once-loved publications in being a thing of the past. It seems that, despite our very best efforts (and quite a bit of money) the internet has sucked up too many peoples attention and not enough of us value things in print any more. If it’s online, people expect it for free, yet to produce the kind of content we bloody well love, it costs. On a personal note; I’ve deleted a lot of stuff I’ve written on internet forums and junked my FaceBook – there’s enough toss online without me adding to it. So that’s it for now, folks. Thanks again.

You can still buy back copies direct from the publisher, here , and my black comedy about old TV puppets is on Amazon here, too. Please check here for occasional twaddle about the stuff we all love. We’re now off to the pub. Cheers.

Rich Duisberg

Darryl Sleath

 

 

About The Author

Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

6 Responses

  1. Dave Roberts

    Oh dear. That’s really a shame. Sorry to hear.
    Glad I wasn’t a sexual conquest though …
    Good luck in the future

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  2. Kevin

    Sorry to see you go ! I never got your print publications as post to NZ is too expensive, are you doing on line ?

    Best wishes..
    Kevin.

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  3. Jeremy Edwards

    It will be missed – I loved the spread of it, from manky Marinas to obscure luxury desert buses. Could Patreon or Ko-Fi be a way of funding semi-commissioned video or articles? Could we subscribe to a pitch for a crap hire car trip?

    Reply

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