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Classic & Sports Car’s sister title, Autocar, has revealed plans to digitise its entire archive, meaning its 126 years of motoring journalism will be available online.
Autocar is the longest continuously running automotive title in the world and its content, especially in a new and easier-to-access format, could be a valuable resource for classic car owners and enthusiasts.
It will take approximately six months to digitise around 6500 issues of the magazine in a way that preserves the originals – after all, it is thought that just six complete sets of Autocar remain.
This process will be undertaken in partnership with Archive Digital.
Originally called The Autocar, the magazine was established in November 1895 and has been published weekly ever since, the only interruptions to this run understood to be during the General Strike of 1926 and the 1973 Fuel Crisis, and because of a print-related issue in 1975.
The digitised archive, which will comprise around 700,000 pages, will be searchable for ease of use and will be launched later this year. To find out more, register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Autocar’s editors have always been charged with delivering the best possible coverage of today’s cars and tomorrow’s exciting developments, but I’m also acutely aware of how much the past informs the future, and how much interest and excitement opening up our archives will generate, particularly at a time that the car industry itself is undergoing a complete reinvention,” said Mark Tisshaw, editor of Autocar.
“It is easy to forget how innovative our original publishers were – reputedly launching with less than 10 privately owned cars on UK roads. I hope that pioneering spirit continues through to today, and that by opening up our archive to future generations we will be able to create a unique resource for everyone from curious enthusiasts to historians to enjoy.”