Today is a sad day for the world of automotive print media, as Source Interlink, the parent company of Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine and Hot Rod, has reportedly shuttered Modified Magazine. It's feared that this is the first of many cuts within the company according to a report on Jalopnik.
The attrition isn't just limited to Modified, which saw its editor, Peter Tarach, released yesterday. Allegedly, layoffs are happening at Truck Trend and even Hot Rod, which Jalop cites as one of Source Interlink's tentpole publications, along with MT. This might not be the end of the cuts, either. The culprits for the layoffs include the usual in the print world – decreasing circulation leading to a lack of advertisers.

Now, it's important to note that it doesn't seem like Motor Trend is in danger. As Jalopnik points out, the brand is very strong and has an excellent YouTube channel at its disposal. The same can't as easily be said of some of the more niche publications in the Source Interlink family, though. We'll stay with this one and will update if there's any official word from SI.


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      Ken
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just paid $13.50 for 3 years of C&D. That is $0.38 per issue. Gives me a solid hour+ of reading. That is a great value for very good writing and some decent articles. I just don't know how much room there is for tons of mags.
        cgm9999
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ken
        As a long time C&D subscriber, that's an incredible price! I'd almost feel guilty!
      socarboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the first of many printed automotive publications that will go "the way of the dinosaur" in this electronic age. IMO there will be virtually no magazines and newspapers 10 years from now. What this industry needs to do to survive is to offer pay subscription passes to their sites, especially formatted for electronic devices like iPads. Of course the experience won't be the same when reading "Hot Rod" on your iPad when on the throne.
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sport Compact Car was always the best tuner mag. Modified was the closest magazine left if you wanted technical data. Sucks...
        Joey Franklin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John
        I miss SCC, Dave Coleman always had some cool articles. When i found out he helped tune the new Mazda3 chassis that really makes me want to go test drive one.
          SAM
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joey Franklin
          You know Dave had a bunch of badass articles online right? Google miatabusa, 24 hours of Lemans, wrench tips, project Silvia's girlfriend, just to get you started.
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think the only only time I ever picked up an issue of Modified was when they had a history of the Nissan S-chassis. Never bothered reading it otherwise. Not my style.
      sstowes
      • 1 Year Ago
      Decent mag but frankly the editor was a real jack*ss. I really miss SCC.
      msg
      • 1 Year Ago
      first it was sports compact car, and then this
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I dont subscribe to mags but I do go to their websites and a lot of the articles are the same. Power Automedia is really bad about that. You can see the same thing across 4-5 different mags.
      Eggmania
      • 1 Year Ago
      ive never heard of this magazine but judging by the cover alone it looks like a ******* joke.
      Walt
      • 1 Year Ago
      What are magazines? Is that something they had before the internet? Any fool that has watched the magazine space shrink in supermarkets over the past several years could see this coming.
        Allaround
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Walt
        I still subscribe to a few magazines, MT is one of them. Online is nice for up the minute stuff, but there's nothing like having a nice glossy rag to read on the throne.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Allaround
          Wat I read Automobile and its always a good read, even if I don't agree with what they say. You want cases of blatant money taking? Look at Motor Trend.
          Terry Actill
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Allaround
          Or in the case of AutomoBOLLOCKS magazine use as TP.
      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      The printed media would be in better shape if they were not so blatantly in cahoots with certain auto manufacturers. The paid junkets abroad to foreign locals to ponce about in expensive vehicles. We don't believe it anymore. Good riddance to them. Autoblog is all you need.
        Avinash Machado
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
        Autoblog also goes on press junkets.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
        >The paid junkets abroad to foreign locals to ponce about in expensive vehicles. EVERY manufacturer does that.
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
        I love it. Ponce. Great word. Punters poncing….some things cannot be unseen.
      Andre Neves
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh no! Where will I find out how much torque an Apexi muffler will add to my b16 honduh hatch!? Jk. It was a decent mag.
      spdracerut
      • 1 Year Ago
      In the void of SCC and now Modified, there is now MotoIQ.com. Grassroots Motorsports is still alive and kicking too.
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