So began eight pages of newsprint, the culmination of one ambitious idea: To, as editor Don Stewart wrote in the inaugural issue, “through the lenses and typewriters of our correspondents … take our readers behind-the-scenes of auto racing.”
And we dived right in: Denise McCluggage, there from the very start, dispatches from the 24-hour race at Le Mans and the 500-mile race at Monza. Philip Hutchinson, our man in London, reported on the Grand Prix of Europe at Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps.
Coverage of the North American scene included blow-by-blows from the International June Sprints at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, and the SCCA National Championship at Lime Rock, Connecticut. Open-wheel and closed-wheel, professional and amateur, all committed to our pages. Put yourself in the shoes of your typical racing enthusiast in the pre-internet era: Competition Press was water in the desert for American fans of auto racing both foreign and domestic—a source for precious information, delivered by knowledgeable, passionate reporters in a timely manner.
We’ve come a long way since those first eight pages. We’ve broadened our scope, added car reviews and non-racing event coverage—and changed our name. We have a website!
But our objective remains the same: bringing you car culture’s most important stories, as told by contributors who care about the subject as much as you do. It is a mission that we hope those on our first masthead would recognize and bless, one that provides a continuity to our work that stretches back across six decades—and, with your support, far into the future.