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Which magazine has the best articles worth saving?

Both excellence and panorama have become largely monthly sales ads and rarely have any thing Worth saving. Lots of articles about rich people writing checks to "build" cars. How hard it was and how much they suffered waiting for the car to come back from various shops. Followed by essays on how wonderful it was to turn the key and the engine goes vroom, the gear shift makes it go into gear Etc. Occasional fluff about how to check your tire pressure. Doesn't seem like they are providing any content Beyond historical documentation and new car promotions. Photo spreads of high-dollar Restorations for the air-cooled crowd . What is a better enthusiast magazine these days?
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What kind of content are you looking for? I first started getting Pano in 1993 and Excellence around that time as well. There have always been complaints about too many ads and content that doesn't appeal to everyone. It's hard to make a go of it publishing any magazines these days, so I think they have to balance with whatever pays the most bills.

The DIY articles are largely replaced by places like Pelican and Rennlist. I have most of the UpFixin volumes and in their day I think they were essential. But I hardly ever look at them anymore, there is better information online.

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RBogh, I was long a major consumer of certain car magazines but find most disappointing nowadays. As MSalvetti says, the business of publishing magazines has become a loser, so less resources are being invested and what I want now cannot be done in magazines anyhow...because what I want is the kind of stuff we all contribute here and on other websites. My daily browsing includes PP, ddk-online.com, abcgt.com, fchat.com, alfabb.com, garagejournal.com, bringatrailer.com, etc.

That doesn't answer your question, of course. I still get Classic & Sports Car but only pick up Excellence occasionally. Classic Porsche (from England) can be a fun air-travel read, but like all magazines now, I ask myself if it's worth the $$. If I had to recommend just one magazine, it wouldn't be one of the Porsche-related numbers, but rather MotorSport, which remains my favorite - and money well spent - as a combination of deep interviews with interesting people, insightful racing analysis and in-depth stories about cool racing cars (and sometimes, bikes). Best, John in CT
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If you own a 356 the 356 registry's magazine is worth of saving, lots of technical articles to understand and how to repair restore your Porsche.
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At this point, none. In the 70s and 80s you needed the newsletters and magazines. But now there is far more knowledge on Pelican.
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-000- is excellent, in depth, and covers subject matter and have resources not available in other Porsche dedicated magazines.
Pete Stout, who was editor at Excellence and for Panorama had done an outstanding job with his new venue.
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Panorama has been excellent the last couple of years.
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hi boys i have some magazines from California in 1970`s
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Many of the authors in the articles were very thorough and although some threads in Pelican are good they rarely can be expected to reach those levels of documentation. I understand that there are pressures that have driven the choices of the editors but also wonder if there are other magazines that might go beyond new car evaluations and superficial build stories.
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Many of the authors in the articles were very thorough and although some threads in Pelican are good they rarely can be expected to reach those levels of documentation. I understand that there are pressures that have driven the choices of the editors but also wonder if there are other magazines that might go beyond new car evaluations and superficial build stories.
There is good and fluff in any publication. Kinda depends on what you are looking for specifically.

There are a number of AMAZING DIY builds documented here in this forum if you take enough time to look.

Search threads by cnielsen, wayner, kghjr, flyn-hawn,or Jack Olsen to name a few.
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Another fan of 000, here.
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That’s a heavy subscription price....

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I still like excellence, but really enjoy the European mags like Total 911....

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[QUOTE=matt930s;10002153]Thatís a heavy subscription price....

-000- is more like investing in books or journals than in a general rag.
Reference material, sourcing, quality of bindings and artwork etc.
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As a PCA member since 1974, I used to save all my Panoramas, but now I only keep Excellence and 000. The internet has made most magazines inconsequential as all the technical information is searchable and available in a digital format. I find the same about my professional publications.
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Classic Porsche Mag out or the UK. All air cool stuff you just can’t imagine
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While there's a wealth of info here and on the internet, still need to consider the source and cross-reference to validate the information.

Tech books and mags typically have editors and a lead time to verify published data is valid, thus the accuracy or the brevity of content thereof. Internet forums don't have that luxury. Users are left with opinions from various sources to deduce; some wives tales, some accurate, some not so much.

The magazine with the best "articles" used to be Playboy, but I'm dating myself.

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While there's a wealth of info here and on the internet, still need to consider the source and cross-reference to validate the information.

Tech books and mags typically have editors and a lead time to verify published data is valid, thus the accuracy or the brevity of content thereof. Internet forums don't have that luxury. Users are left with opinions from various sources to deduce; some wives tales, some accurate, some not so much.

The magazine with the best "articles" used to be Playboy, but I'm dating myself.

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My sense exactly. It seems like there is a lot on the forums however it doesn't reach the level that some of the dedicated articles used to. That is why they were worth keeping. I don't know if it's just me but I don't feel like I'm getting that as much from the glossy fluff stories these days.
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Some of the Forum threads are very good but I looked back at a random Panorama to see what was worth keeping. Take a look.
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