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Motor Sport (magazine)

Motor Sport
File:Motor Sport logo.png
Editor-in-Chief Nigel Roebuck
Categories Auto racing
Frequency Monthly
Publisher Motor Sport (magazine)
First issue 1924
Company Motor Sport Ltd
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Website Official website

Motor Sport was founded in the UK in 1924[1] as the Brooklands Gazette, the first edition appearing in July of that year.[2] In August 1925 the title was changed to the all-encompassing "Motor Sport"[3] (not "Motorsport" as many erroneously write the title). The editor of the magazine was, for many years (1936–91) Bill Boddy.[4] Boddy, who had penned much of the history of British race track Brooklands, employed the services of Denis Jenkinson as a Continental Correspondent. Jenkinson, or 'Jenks' as he was known, travelled to all the Grands Prix to cover them for the magazine. His race reports were the only way many of the readers could keep up with Grand Prix racing due to the lack of coverage elsewhere. A talented performer in his own right on both two wheels and four, Jenks became known to a wider international audience when he partnered, as navigator Stirling Moss for the 1955 Mille Miglia race, which they won at a record speed. The duo was victorious thanks to Moss' supreme talent behind the wheel and Jenks' meticulous notes, which were transferred onto an ingenious roller mechanism. Moss was in awe of Jenks’ ability to concentrate on delivering accurate hand signals from his notes whilst ignoring the dangers of being driven along country roads at speeds of up to 170 mph.

The magazine was owned and published by Wesley J Tee during much of this period, but in 1997 the magazine, along with the LAT Photographic archive, was bought by Haymarket publishing.

The monthly magazine underwent a revamp in March that year.[5] It changed its emphasis to articles about motorsport history and the historic racing scene. In 2006 Haymarket sold the magazine to Chelsea Magazines where it remained for three years before being bought privately. In 2006 it started covering modern motorsport again, including Formula 1 and today it continues to do the same with the help of Nigel Roebuck and Mark Hughes. It remains one of the leading titles on both modern and historic racing.[1]

Many well known names in the world of motorsport make special contributions, amongst them: Patrick Head, Alan Henry and Doug Nye.

The magazine's website also records monthly podcasts with the likes of Christian Horner, Mario Andretti, Patrick Head, Frank Williams, John McGuinness and Gordon Murray. Lucas di Grassi, Dario Franchitti, Sebastien Buemi and 2013 BTCC Champion Andrew Jordan also write for the website on a monthly basis alongside staff writers Nigel Roebuck, Mark Hughes, Simon Arron, Ed Foster, Damien Smith, Paul Fearnley, Gordon Kirby, Andrew Frankel, Rob Widdows and Mat Oxley.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Racing Magazines []",, 2009, webpage: mag-agent.
  2. ^ Motor Sport, August 1949, Page 297.
  3. ^ Motor Sport, August 1925.
  4. ^ Buckley, Martin (21 August 2011). "Bill Boddy obituary". The Guardian (London). 
  5. ^ "The history of Motorsport". Motorsport Magazine. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
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