I’VE always been a fan of Peter Roberts’ excellent BLtin website – it’s funny, insightful and pokes a finger in the eye of BMC>Rover’s finer sensibilities with a degree of fondness and realism that marks out its creator as a dyed-in-the-wool car nut. My only regret is that I can’t get Peter to write more for us…
The site’s mixture of archive imagery and amusing commentary make each visit to the site something of a treat, and needless to say, it’s bookmarked on my browser alongside Autoindex and Sniffpetrol.
Being an enterprising kind of chap, Peter’s gone and spotted a gap in the (very, very) crowded market for magazines, and gone and done something to plug it. Many of us bemoan the loss of Jalopy magazine, Peter’s gone and produced the spiritual successor to that amusing tome, but created it in the image of his brilliant website.
It’s worth a read, and if you’ve got a spare £2.50 knocking in your bank account and fancy getting down and dirty with a number of interesting old cars, then it’s well worth logging on to the site and picking up a copy.
For me, Original Tin has highlighted just how wide the gap on the magazine bookstalls is. There seems to be plenty of demarkation in the market – you have the informative weeklies, such as Autocar and AutoExpress, the monthly ‘lads’ mags, such as Top Gear, CAR and Evo, the buying guides, What Car? and Test Drive, the monthly classic mags, the (one) weekly classic title, and then a whole host of single marque titles catering for the more cultish cars out there.
But what about those enthusiasts who like to march to the beat of a different drum? Those who choose to opt-out of the mainstream car scene, but whose veins pump with petrol instead of blood? What’s out there for them?
Original Tin seems to cater for those who revel in driving (or enjoying) bargain basement motoring, but are big enough to realise you need to learn to laugh at yourself once you’re caught in the grips of CHPD, or simply don’t want to get drawn into the finance ladder.
I’ll be watching the progress of Original Tin closely, because if there are enough people interested in buying this magazine, and who enjoy the dubious delights of non-new, but non-classic motoring, then it’s a vote of confidence for the non-classic old car movement, and one that I reckon that’s definitely a good thing.
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.