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R.I.P. HSEC

Post by greg » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:50 pm

Well I guess HSEC is dead. Too bad, I liked it when I read it. They have published an archive:

https://www.hemmings.com/magazine/hsx
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Re: R.I.P. HSEC

Post by bark » Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:17 pm

Yep, bummed me out to get the latest issue and see the bad news. I really enjoyed seeing the mag in the day's mail, plus my mother in law is now back to the "what can I get this guy for his birthday?" mode.
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Re: R.I.P. HSEC

Post by cripps » Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:40 pm

Yes, it's too bad. I wonder now how the Brit mag 'Classic and Sports Car' is doing? IMO this is a much better mag, although it's a lot more expensive as well.

I'm always amazed at the huge number of glossy ads in C&SC. Do people actually buy cars that way any more? I guess they must do.
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Re: R.I.P. HSEC

Post by rridge » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:03 pm

I've enjoyed Classic Motorsports Magazine, the sister publication of Grassroots Motorsports for some years now. Here's a recent article of interest: http://classicmotorsports.com/articles/ ... 24-spider/

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Re: R.I.P. HSEC

Post by Dan_B » Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:50 pm

Dang! This was hands down my favorite magazine. Very cool of them to post the archive freely.

I wonder how this effects my subscription... Pretty sure I was subscribed for a couple more years.
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Re: R.I.P. HSEC

Post by Dan_B » Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:59 pm

Ah nevermind... just read the letter. I'm not sure I want the other mag. Isn't it just a bunch of boring muscle cars?
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Re: R.I.P. HSEC

Post by jgoodfellow » Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:10 pm

I think the letter said something to the effect of "All-American" classic cars. Sure sounds like nothing but Detroit Iron to me.
I plan to call them and see when my HSEC subscription runs out; it's probably not worth getting a refund for the remainder of my subscription. If they send me half a dozen of the American classics I'll just drop them at my mechanics waiting room and not bother renewing when the time comes.

Funny, I have been thinking of dumping Classic Motorsports for a while as I liked the Hemmings effort a lot more. But I think Tim Suddard and company are struggling, so I will probably hold onto them.
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Re: R.I.P. HSEC

Post by friedman » Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:38 pm

Classic Motorsports is in general a terrible magazine. At least 3/4 of the content is advertisements and/or articles on shows or what to do when attending various shows. Very little content on the cars themselves and admittedly they do come up with interesting cars. I bought the latest issue ( I buy it about once or twice a year) and they just got a really trashed Lotus and plan to build a concourse winning car from it. This means they will just hire out all the work and spend more than the car will ever be worth. Grassroots Motorsports is the sister magazine and nothing they do on GRM is grassroots anymore, they send all their "projects" to specialists to get the work done and most of the time they lose sight of their original premise for their project cars and spend way too much money on them...the Rospit project from many years ago seems to have been the turning point from grassroots to moneyroots projects. Sad that magazines go through this metamorphosis. I remember when Car and Driver was a fun magazine dealing with real life affordable cars. This was back in the 70s and 80s. Then they started just dealing with high end sports cars and SUVs and it's now what I call a doctors office magazine that takes about 10 minutes to read.

HSEC was a nice magazine and I'm sorry to see it go. Just means I have to read more Brit magazines on classic cars.

My wife says I'm real crabby and although I object, after reading my own post above, she may have a point!
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Re: R.I.P. HSEC

Post by sams » Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:09 pm

In a way it's sad to see an enthusiast magazine go away, but I never could warm up to HSEC. I had a subscription on and off for a few years, and while I liked the content, in general I hated the writing style. Some of the writers were good, but a few seemed like they were trying to impress their high school English teachers and show they had made it to the big leagues with some of their cutesy and/or inane phrases.

I still enjoy occasionally picking up a copy of the original Hemmings as well as SCM (although it's a sell-out that's gone hopelessly upscale), but my current subscriptions are to Forza and Cavallino (great writing and photography, and I like the subject matter). The two big British mags are nice, but they are chocked too full of advertisements and not enough articles.
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Re: R.I.P. HSEC

Post by Dan_B » Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:00 pm

friedman wrote:I remember when Car and Driver was a fun magazine ... it's now what I call a doctors office magazine that takes about 10 minutes to read.
This trend isn't surprising to me at all. Who reads magazines anymore anyways? Distracting yourself while sitting in a waiting is about all they are good for now. HSEC was the only magazine I halfway read for the past few years.
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