You can almost smell the burning rubber as Nacho Salvador writes about trying out the sport of “drifting” at the Santa Pod racetrack for the 2016 edition of Automotive, the magazine produced each year by postgrad journalism students at Coventry University.
And some colleagues on the world’s only MA Automotive Journalism course have travelled much further afield in search of stories – including to Geneva and Scandinavia in 2016.
The result is one of the best issues yet seen, says senior lecturer Andrew Noakes, himself a former car magazine editor.
“Two things are particularly impressive about this year’s Automotive magazine,” he says. “The first is how much of it is brand new and exclusive material produced by the students themselves, including some excellent pictures for the cover and main features – incisive interviews and ambitious ideas that they turned into excellent finished stories.
“The second is that they’ve achieved such a wide-ranging and professional-looking publication even though they had limited time and only a small team.”
Here’s how Nacho and colleagues Martin Tilbrook and Cameron Tait introduce the magazine in their editorial:
“This year’s issue of Automotive aims to be the most diverse yet. So we’ve been to Santa Pod to check out ‘Drift What Ya Brung’, and asked the drifters how easy it is to get involved. We’ve been to the Autosport show to see the race cars, the super car celebrities and the JDM heroes. With the recent launch of the new Ford Focus RS, we have a chat with Graham Goode Racing’s Alastair Mayne to find out what makes the legendary team RS so iconic. Everyone’s raving about the new RS, and Graham Goode Racing are planning on making it even faster.
“And it wouldn’t be complete without a 14-year-old Volvo that’s covered over 120,000 miles, as we aim to get to Geneva in a budget mile-muncher.”
Martin Tilbrook and his veteran Volvo – picked up for £600 – have since headed off on an even longer trip to the car’s Scandinavian homelands.
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Magazine team hits Geneva motor show – the 2015 edition of Automotive