In 2017, Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car halted publication with the May issue. After a 12-year run, it was a difficult — but necessary — decision to make, and we continue to receive reader feedback on the beloved magazine’s closure. With that in mind, we have a bit of good news to report: Beginning with the March 2019 issue of Hemmings Classic Car, we’ll incorporate a limited amount of foreign and import car coverage within its pages, at least on a trial basis.
As editor Richard Lentinello explains in his February 2019 Hemmings Classic Car column, we’re not taking anything away from the magazine readers know and love. The page count dedicated to American classics will remain the same, which means we’ll be adding pages to include coverage of automobiles from marques like Alfa Romeo, Austin, BMW, Bugatti, Citroen, Datsun, Ferrari, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, and others. For many of us in the hobby, our passion extends beyond a single manufacturer and beyond a single country, which is why we believe expanding coverage within Hemmings Classic Car is the right thing to do.
Expect to see other changes within the pages of the magazine, too. While it has traditionally focused on unmodified classic American cars, the reality of the hobby is this: Upgrades for improved driveability, such as disc brakes and electronic ignition, are commonplace and worthy of coverage. No, Hemmings Classic Car won’t dive into the world of hot rods and customs, though vintage competition cars may grace the magazine’s pages from time to time.
While this is an experiment, we believe it will prove to be a successful one, broadening the appeal of Hemmings Classic Car and working towards Richard’s goal of creating the best publication in the collector-car hobby today. That said, we value the opinion of our readers, and encourage you to sound off below, or to email Richard directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your feedback.