Alright, whats going on here? Hunkins writes that this is the last issue of PHR. I re-read it and it does not say its Johnny's last issue, (which would be bad enough) And its not the April issue, so..........If this is true, I want to know who to vent my extreme displeasure toward. I should be annoyed that my subscription is payed up for an extended period, but that's nothing!He writes that Car Craft and Hot Rod will be there for us. Bullsxxxt! As a decades long fan and reader of multiple car mags, I will tell you I gave up on CC long ago because they clearly were out of touch with the real world of hot rodders and car fans. (Prostreet is dead! Prostreet is back! Prostreet is dead again!) Got news for ya CC, you clearly have no idea what is going on in the very active car scene in my part of the country, and have missed the mark since the 70's. Subscribed to HR for years also. For the last 4 I kept telling myself "If I see one more gasser, or damned Lumina (Etc) I am gone." And for some time I have been gone. Consistent feature cars that couldn't be driven in the real world, etc, lost my interest long ago. Power tour is cool, but too far away. Drag week is AWESOME, but they cant even figure out how to promote or cover their own event without looking like idiots....PHR was the only magazine that consistently has features, articles and events that fit my interest. Real cars, real useful ideas and how to's and events that I am actually interested in. All professionally presented and executed. Not just superior but FAR superior to anything from the other camps. My hats off to Hunkins, Dulcich, Campbell and the rest for having their fingers on the pulse of the real hot rodder.So whats the deal here? Who do I scream at at Source Interlink/Enthusiast Network to let them know they have really screwed up? Oh, I guess some aspects will carry on online, but its an obituary for us old time magazine readers. Cast off after all these years like yesterdays garbage.This is a real bummer!
Site is slow and said there was an error posting but posted my entry twice. Apologies
---------------------73 Datsun 240Z406 Gen I SBChttp://AlteredZ.com
Yes, I noticed the "Final Issue" text under the title on the cover, and then carefully read Hunkins' goodbye letter telling us the mag is finished. I too will miss the coverage. I still hold a grudge that the Lobe Separation Angle is almost never quoted in the magazine when cam specs are given - making the rest of the cam info almost useless. I'll miss my money that I'll lose on the year and a half of issues I'll never get.The biggest issue for me is this : what will happen to the Engine Masters series? Which magazine will pick this up? Hopefully one of the other 3 from this company that have subscription money from me for the next several years...
---------------------73 Datsun 240Z406 Gen I SBChttp://AlteredZ.com
Personally I feel like some one close has died. But than again I still buy and read the daily hometown newspaper. obituary's and all. Why? Mostly to show my support. I wish PPHR would had said they were in trouble like the newspaper did. They survived because the neighborhood rallied around them to save a valuable resource. I wish we were given the same chance to save PPHR.I feel cheated. The powers to be just don't care. About us or Popular Hot Rodding!RIP
You know it is a shame that corporate America has to kill another great American icon that stood the test of time through the ages. It does not matter who's at the helm at the time of termination, it is the fact this wonderful magazine is being terminated. I recently let my subscription to Super Chevy lapse after 27 years because some of the issues I was getting looked like it was made in someone's basement on a Commodore 64. Yet this magazine, who never let me down on the quality of the pictures and the print is the one who got axed. I would like to said thank you to all the staff members, past and present, who helped to make this magazine something to look forward to month after month.
According to my address label, my subscription doesn't run out until December of 20friggin19! What the hell? Did SourceInterlink not know several months ago, when they asked and I answered, that the mag wouldn't be around for the time I signed up for? Ok, I agree, the $20 - $25 isn't going to break me but come on!Feel like I got screwed by these guys. While I do like and subscribe to Car Craft and read Snot Rod, I like PHR for the tech on ProTouring cars. I want to read about that stuff too, not just go fast in a straight line or about cars made by guys on the receiving end of BIG checks, built from unobtainium.Tell us Mr. SourceInterlink, what about those of us that have subscribed for a while and have subscriptions that don't run out for YEARS from now? Throw us a friggin' bone.You owe us more than "See Ya" Hunkins!
WTF is going on at PRIMEDIA. Popular Hot Rodding is gone! I've been reading this magazine since the mid-seventies. I own a '57 Chevy because of the Project X series. Trying to peg each magazine into its own category a few years ago never really worked. Popular Hot Rodding is the magazine for hot handling, autocross style cars??? What? Never made sense to me. I loved the project cars, and Dulcich's tech articles. Sad, sad, day. Unfortunately probly only the first of many to come. They also made a bunch of changes at Car Craft. Jeff Smith one of the best tech editors was fired. We might only end up with one car magazine, Hot Rod.What about the two years of subscription you owe me???? Rick
I, too, am sorry to see PHR go. Had subscribed in the '90's and let it go for awhile. Always a great magazine. Resubscribed earlier this year and now this. I'm sorry, but Hot Rod just sucks. Car Craft used to be pretty good, but seems like it has too much Hot Rod flavor. Hot Rod is for people who just wants to look at nice cars. PHR was for people who actually worked on their cars, and dare I say, liked to learn more about working on their cars. What a load of crap!
This mag wrote too many Anti-Ford articles. Far too many pro chevy stories with never ending Anti-Ford spin. This went on for decades and this is the result. The Ford Camp for the most part wont even look at this mag. Popular Hot Rodding is considered a insult to the truth by them. GoodBye PHR!
First time I ever posted on one of these forums, but here goes......I doff my hat to my pissed off brethren (and sistern) below. They all summed it up nicely. I had no clue - the PHR website doesn't even address this action other than this forum. I never got my Sep 14 issue (likely the mail service rather than source interlink, in their defense). I guess something was said in that issue from what I read below.I found out because I got a copy of Motor Trend with a card stock cover telling me PHR was now gone and that they would send me MT in lieu of PHR for the rest of my subscription. I don't want MT - not my thing. I have better things to do that read yuppie mags about image-only cars.Like someone said below, I lost a family member. I'll let my remaining SI/TEN subscriptions lapse and buy used issues.Lost another thing to look forward to, but that seems the norm in our culture these days.I bid you a harsh adieu SI/TEN. You got the last money you'll get from me.
Sorry for the multiple posts. Poorly designed website kept telling me post didn't take. Not surprised. If the rest of PHR was managed as is this website, it is no wonder it folded. They should have had some older experience in there rather than a bunch of college trained yuppies, and PHR might still be around. That is all.
Car Craft will be the next to fall! Hot Rod soon afterwards!
Years ago I had the opportunity to interview with Johnny Hunkins for the position that Liz Miles eventually got. After speaking at length with him over the phone, I told him I needed to think it over. Something told me this was not the right move, even if it was just an interview. I even wrote about it.. http://www.amberlightgarage.com/2008/02/opportunity-rang-but-i-took-message.htmlIt's hard to believe they pulled the plug on PHR but I am not that surprised. All media seems to be going electronic. Remember, the company makes the bulk of their money from the companies that place the ads in their magazines. The subscription money is just chump change. If the advertisers go away, so will the magazine. What blows me away is that i just received a subscription offer from PHR in the mail a couple of weeks ago! I'm glad I didn't send in my money... My thinking is that they will keep Hot Rod because it is their flagship magazine. I agree with what others have said in this forum that Car Craft is next. Hopefully Hunkins and the other staff were offered jobs elsewhere in the company. The future does not look too good for folks in the magazine business. I said it before and I'll say it again, print is dead.
**Frank the Crank www.amberlightgarage.com