This allowed you to get to know each of the competitors before they battled it out on the track. It never happened, but a big contributor to the dream was this magazine.
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Like SCC, the quality of the technical articles in the pages of Turbo rivaled some books. Before the Internet was accessible to everyone, the build and project articles taught fundamentals that could be applied to any car. Although I never had a subscription to Turbo, I bought issues in the newsstands frequently.
In the last few years of their run, many subscribers saw a good portion of their content reduced and replaced with advertisements. This effectively killed the magazine slowly as people stopped renewing their subscriptions.
This was an unfortunate end to a magazine that was one of the better ones back in the day. Many people speculate that the rise of the internet took its toll on these publications. As with anything, as technology shifts and methods of consuming content change, there are some casualties. This theory makes sense.
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Despite the internet being more prevalent nowadays, I think the end of Sport Compact Car was premature. What made Sport Compact Car and Turbo special was the quality technical content they produced. In my opinion, without the differentiating factor of high quality technical content, electronic media will continue to steal market share from print media. While we may never know the real reason why SCC and Turbo were scrapped in favor of other magazines, there are online alternatives. A member on ImportMeet. If you miss technical writing as much as I do you should definitely check out MotoIQ.
Do you miss either of these magazines? Do you miss high quality technical content in magazines? Leave us a comment below and let us know what you think. Matt created ImportMeet. Although he's employed as an engineer and has no formal training in journalism, his skills continue to develop as the editor for the site. I love DSport. Those guys put out great information, actually DO the tech.
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Plus calenders of scantily clad women? DSport has been my go to choice for the past few years to be honest. This epidemic is wide spread, since my background is mostly in domestic, I cant really comment on the import stuff. I quit my subscription to Car Craft many years ago when one of the editors left.
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They had really detailed budget engine builds complete with part numbers and costs. It was a pleasure to read and was centered around what the normal guy at home could do with a modest budget and basic hand tools. While I still have a subscription to Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords, I feel that they have been more centered around the guy that buys parts and takes it to a shop and pays someone to put them on.
They use to have crazy builds that would blow your mind!!
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They wanted to see how far they could push the factory long block and had to stop at something like like 1,whp. The bushings on the independent rear suspension where flexing so much on the dyno it was rubbing the tire on the front of the wheel well. Great comment. I miss those style of builds the most. While you can find them on Google, they take more effort to find the epic build threads. SCC used to be my favorite mag too, so much tech in there. For the type of car, see Sport compact. This article needs additional citations for verification.
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