Autosport is a global motorsport publishing brand headquartered based in Richmond, London. Established in 1950 at the same time as the origins of the Formula One World Championship, Autosport is recognised as an opinion-forming and enduring journalistic authority in the world of motor racing for almost seventy years.
|Editor||Matt Beer (online)|
Kevin Turner (print)
Autosport began life as a weekly magazine in 1950 and expanded into digital publishing with the creation of Autosport.com in 1997. In 2016, Haymarket Media Group sold Autosport and the rest of its motorsport portfolio to Motorsport Network.
Autosport launched its website – Autosport.com – in 1997. As distinct from the magazine, the online content is more internationally focussed and as well as covering sports news and reporting on races, Autosport.com also produces video and galleries taken from the Motorsport Images archive and in-depth long-form content in the website's subscriber-only sections.
Current editorial teamEdit
- Glenn Freeman - Editor
- Matt Beer - Deputy Editor
- Alex Kalinauckas - Plus Editor
- Ben Anderson - F1 Editor
- Scott Mitchell - F1 Correspondent
- Jack Cozens - International Editor
Autosport first issue was published in 1950 and the weekly newsstand title has been in continuous publication ever since.
It covers all forms of motorsport from Formula 1 through to the British club racing scene. The magazine carries race and rally reports from high-profile and significant meetings from all over the world and the UK and blends this with news analysis and in-depth articles looking at contemporary cars, drivers and events as well as retrospective looks at significant characters and developments from the sport's past.
Traditionally Autosport had only focused on four-wheel racing, but its editorial expanded to include MotoGP coverage in 2014. In the past, the magazine once carried reviews of new road cars, but it is now specifically dedicated to racing and rallying.
Current editorial teamEdit
Since May 2016 the magazine has been edited by Kevin Turner, who was previously the editor of sister title Motorsport News. The other full-time members of staff are.
- Editor - Kevin Turner
- Deputy editor - Marcus Simmons
- Grand Prix editor - Edd Straw
- Chief sub-editor - Peter Hodges
- Group National Editor - Jack Benyon
- Editorial assistant - Matt Kew
- Art Editor - Lynsey Row
- Designer - Michael Cavalli
In addition, the magazine features a number of freelance correspondents. Among these are F1 columnist Nigel Roebuck, Sportscar specialist Gary Watkins and British Club racing expert Marcus Pye. It also has a roster of correspondents covering club-level racing from the British domestic racing scene and prominent international races and rallies.
On 7 October 2019, Autosport issued an announcement appearing to indicate the end of its struggling print edition. The statement focussed on the brand’s digital strategy and on the print edition it said, ‘We are exploring options regarding our print edition and any news will be communicated at the appropriate time.”
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.
Autosport Engineering & Autosport PerformanceEdit
Autosport Engineering and Autosport Performance are regular supplements that appear in Autosport each month on a rotating basis. Edited by James Newbold, Autosport Engineering is derived from the section of the Autosport International Show of the same name.
The supplement showcases the innovations and expertise of the engineering taking place in motorsport, with a particular focus on companies based in the UK.
Autosport Performance appeals to amateur racers and those thinking of taking up the sport and provides expert advice, track guides, product reviews and shares inspirational stories. Both products are also available online.
Autosport International is a motorsport-themed exhibition, which has taken place every January at the NEC Birmingham, UK, since 1991. The Show is divided into a number of areas such as Autosport Engineering, The Live Action Arena and the F1 Racing F1 exhibition.
Established in 2015, the Autosport Academy is a training programme for young aspiring motorsport journalists. Overseen by Matt Beer and Tom Errington, the Autosport Academy currently has around 30 members, who are trained in news and feature writing, sub-editing, race reporting, CMS usage, picture editing.
The Autosport Awards, held annually at The Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in London on the first weekend in December is motorsport's red carpet event, honouring the achievements of the race drivers from Formula One and other world championships, as well as recognising and promoting emerging talent.
Former Autosport EditorsEdit
|Gregor Grant||August 1950||March 1968|
|Simon Taylor||April 1968||August 1971|
|Richard Feast||August 1971||November 1973|
|Ian Phillips||November 1973||April 1976|
|Quentin Spurring||May 1976||November 1981|
|Mark Hughes||November 1981||November 1983|
|Quentin Spurring||November 1983||March 1988|
|Peter Foubister||April 1988||January 1992|
|Andy Hallbery||February 1992||April 1993|
|Bruce Jones||April 1993||June 1996|
|Laurence Foster||June 1996||February 1998|
|Mark Skewis||February 1998||March 2000|
|Anthony Rowlinson||March 2000||February 2002|
|Laurence Foster||February 2002||January 2004|
|John McIlroy||January 2004||October 2005|
|Andrew van de Burgt||November 2005||July 2011|
|Charles Bradley||July 2011||November 2014|
|Edd Straw||December 2014||May 2016|
|Kevin Turner||May 2016|
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- "Online editor appointed at autosport.com". ResponseSource.
- "MotoGP news, analysis and stats". Autosport.com.
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- "Marcus Simmons". Autosport.
- "World-renowned Formula 1 journalist Nigel Roebuck returns to write for Autosport magazine". Motorsport.com.
- "AUTOSPORT launches Russian version". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
- "AUTOSPORT launches Arabic website". Autosport.com.
- "AUTOSPORT launches French version". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
- "Autosport Engineering". Autosport.com.
- "All you need to know about this year's Autosport International". The Irish Sun. 10 January 2018.
- "Andrew van de Burgt appointed editor-in-chief of Autosport". haymarket.com. Haymarket Media Group. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011.