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mongooseman
November 02, 2021 at 01:33:49 PM
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Anybody know when Open Wheel stopped being a standalone publication and went to being an insert in Stock Car Racing magazine?




Murphy
November 02, 2021 at 01:47:20 PM
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Anybody know when Open Wheel stopped being a standalone publication and went to being an insert in Stock Car Racing magazine?



I think it was about 12-13 years ago.



dmantx
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November 02, 2021 at 01:51:01 PM
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Anybody know when Open Wheel stopped being a standalone publication and went to being an insert in Stock Car Racing magazine?



It was in 2001. And I remember around the time of 9/11 it ended altogether. After Dick was pushed to the curb it didn't take long for it to go away. 




Murphy
November 02, 2021 at 04:00:52 PM
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Posted By: dmantx on November 02 2021 at 01:51:01 PM

It was in 2001. And I remember around the time of 9/11 it ended altogether. After Dick was pushed to the curb it didn't take long for it to go away. 



I disagree and here's why. Our kids always had the stupid magazine fundraiser drives at school. Every year I just extended my Open Wheel subscription that way. I had basically prepaid for Open Wheel a couple years in advance. Then they stopped Open Wheel and switched everybody's subscriptions over to Stock Car Racing Magazine- thanks a lot! At the time, I would give the SCR magazine to a coworker whose young son was into stock car racing. That kid is about 19 now, so I think the math is a little funky.



dmantx
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November 02, 2021 at 05:22:13 PM
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The only reason I remember that year specifically was because I was building/placing some ads in those publications leading up and until 9/11, and they went through publishers a few times in that period, which also lead to Doug firing up SC&M shortly thereafter, which I believe was in 2003. 
 

...kind of a 'one door closed and another opened' situation from my viewpoint. I enjoyed them all, for sure. Smile



dirtraceorbust
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November 15, 2021 at 10:30:37 PM
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This message was edited on November 15, 2021 at 10:31:39 PM by dirtraceorbust

Lawlessness + liberalism = HELL  


beezr2002
November 16, 2021 at 08:52:58 AM
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December 2001 is the last issue I have of Open Wheel. Danny Lasoski is on the cover. I subscribed to flat out magazine when OW was finished. I have just about every issue of Open Wheel, missing 5 or 6 and of course the #! issue. Its interesting to break the old mags out once in a while and see how much the sport has changed.



dsc1600
November 16, 2021 at 09:00:33 AM
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Being able to buy a magazine with a sprint car on the cover was a great thing about the 80s and 90s. We lost something when that went away. Sprint cars and dirt racing in general is as big as it ever was, but not in a mainstream kind of way. I think losing TNN, Open Wheel, Wind Tunnel and all those avenues to show the sport to the masses hurt the sport a ton, and only now in the social media landscape is it recovering to what it once was. 



Racer4rcw
November 17, 2021 at 08:43:12 AM
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This message was edited on November 17, 2021 at 08:49:28 AM by Racer4rcw

I acquired almost complete set of open wheels. It was missing a few issues & after much help from Tom Schmeh I've completed the set. This info came from Tom.  I can't thank him enough.
 

 

Open Wheel was introduced in February of 1981 as a spin-off of Stock Car Racing magazine.  Envisioned as a one-time special, Open Wheel proved popular enough to run for 21 years.  The parent company was Lopez Publications of Alexandria, Virginia. Adrian Lopez was president, C. Barton Diehl publisher and art director, and Dick Berggren was editor.  
Open Wheel covered all forms of open-wheel racing, including Supermodified, Indy Car/CART/Champ Car, and Mini-Sprint or Micro-Sprint, but always concentrated on Midget and Sprint Car racing.
​In March of 1988 Open Wheel went from bimonthly to monthly publication and the Stock Car Racing logo disappeared from the cover. In September 1990 Open Wheel left Lopez Publications and went through a series of ownership changes. Berggren remained at the helm until mid 1999, when Petersen Publishing (founders of Hot Rod) acquired both Open Wheel and Stock Car Racing. Berggren was ousted and a new team put in place.  Shortly thereafter, Petersen was swallowed by a larger fish: Primedia, Inc. The decline and fall were rapid. The last stand-alone issue was December 2001. Open Wheel survived six more months as a supplement to Stock Car Racing magazine. In July 2002 SCR, publisher Patrick Utt explained the “painful, but necessary, business decision” as forced by a tough business climate for magazines in general. Ironically, Flat Out or Sprint Car & Midget, which picked up the flag for open-wheel racing, both outlived Stock Car Racing.  
 
Complete list of Open Wheel, as follows
1981 – Vol. 1, first three issues numbered No. 1, 2, 3, and not dated; next three issues August, October, December (6 issues for year)
1982 – Vol. 2, Nos. 1-6, February, April, June, August, October, December (6 issues)
1983 – Vol. 3, Nos. 1-5, February, April, June, August, November (5 issues)
1984 – Vol. 3, No. 6 (January), Vol. 4, Nos. 1-5, March, May, July, September, November (6 issues)
1985 – Vol. 4, No. 6 (January), Vol. 5, Nos. 1-5, March, May, July, September, November (6 issues)
1986 – Vol. 5, No. 6 (January), Vol. 6, Nos. 1-6, March, May, July, September, November, December (7 issues)
1987 – Vol. 7, Nos. 1-6, February, April, June, August, October, December (6 issues)
1988 – Vol. 8, Nos. 1-11, monthly February to December (11 issues)
1989 – Vol. 8, No. 12 (January), Vol. 9, Nos. 1-11, monthly February to December (12 issues)
1990 – Vol. 10, monthly, 12 issues
1991 – Vol. 11, monthly, 12 issues
1992 – Vol. 12, monthly, 12 issues
1993 – Vol. 13, monthly, 12 issues
1994 – Vol. 14, monthly, 12 issues
1995 – Vol. 15, monthly, 12 issues
1996 – Vol. 16, monthly, 12 issues
1997 – Vol. 17, monthly, 12 issues
1998 – Vol. 18, monthly, 12 issues
1999 – Vol. 19, monthly, 12 issues
2000 – Vol. 20, monthly, 12 issues
2001 – Vol. 21, monthly, 12 issues




digs
November 18, 2021 at 07:02:32 AM
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Thank You Racer4rcw and Tom Schmeh for this info.

Fantastic summary, I'll ahve to check my collections for this comparisons.

I may have a compelte set to sell, any ideas of value these days?

They were selling for around $500 in the late 90's, when they weren't even done publishing the mag.



Stardog
November 19, 2021 at 07:47:16 PM
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Posted By: Racer4rcw on November 17 2021 at 08:43:12 AM

I acquired almost complete set of open wheels. It was missing a few issues & after much help from Tom Schmeh I've completed the set. This info came from Tom.  I can't thank him enough.
 

 

Open Wheel was introduced in February of 1981 as a spin-off of Stock Car Racing magazine.  Envisioned as a one-time special, Open Wheel proved popular enough to run for 21 years.  The parent company was Lopez Publications of Alexandria, Virginia. Adrian Lopez was president, C. Barton Diehl publisher and art director, and Dick Berggren was editor.  
Open Wheel covered all forms of open-wheel racing, including Supermodified, Indy Car/CART/Champ Car, and Mini-Sprint or Micro-Sprint, but always concentrated on Midget and Sprint Car racing.
​In March of 1988 Open Wheel went from bimonthly to monthly publication and the Stock Car Racing logo disappeared from the cover. In September 1990 Open Wheel left Lopez Publications and went through a series of ownership changes. Berggren remained at the helm until mid 1999, when Petersen Publishing (founders of Hot Rod) acquired both Open Wheel and Stock Car Racing. Berggren was ousted and a new team put in place.  Shortly thereafter, Petersen was swallowed by a larger fish: Primedia, Inc. The decline and fall were rapid. The last stand-alone issue was December 2001. Open Wheel survived six more months as a supplement to Stock Car Racing magazine. In July 2002 SCR, publisher Patrick Utt explained the “painful, but necessary, business decision” as forced by a tough business climate for magazines in general. Ironically, Flat Out or Sprint Car & Midget, which picked up the flag for open-wheel racing, both outlived Stock Car Racing.  
 
Complete list of Open Wheel, as follows
1981 – Vol. 1, first three issues numbered No. 1, 2, 3, and not dated; next three issues August, October, December (6 issues for year)
1982 – Vol. 2, Nos. 1-6, February, April, June, August, October, December (6 issues)
1983 – Vol. 3, Nos. 1-5, February, April, June, August, November (5 issues)
1984 – Vol. 3, No. 6 (January), Vol. 4, Nos. 1-5, March, May, July, September, November (6 issues)
1985 – Vol. 4, No. 6 (January), Vol. 5, Nos. 1-5, March, May, July, September, November (6 issues)
1986 – Vol. 5, No. 6 (January), Vol. 6, Nos. 1-6, March, May, July, September, November, December (7 issues)
1987 – Vol. 7, Nos. 1-6, February, April, June, August, October, December (6 issues)
1988 – Vol. 8, Nos. 1-11, monthly February to December (11 issues)
1989 – Vol. 8, No. 12 (January), Vol. 9, Nos. 1-11, monthly February to December (12 issues)
1990 – Vol. 10, monthly, 12 issues
1991 – Vol. 11, monthly, 12 issues
1992 – Vol. 12, monthly, 12 issues
1993 – Vol. 13, monthly, 12 issues
1994 – Vol. 14, monthly, 12 issues
1995 – Vol. 15, monthly, 12 issues
1996 – Vol. 16, monthly, 12 issues
1997 – Vol. 17, monthly, 12 issues
1998 – Vol. 18, monthly, 12 issues
1999 – Vol. 19, monthly, 12 issues
2000 – Vol. 20, monthly, 12 issues
2001 – Vol. 21, monthly, 12 issues



This is some excellent information! Thank you. Now I've got one for you. If you go to Google and type in Open Wheel Magazine Article Index you will see a site that says authored by Ron Fredenberg www.bmara.com. It will show articles on all issues from Vol 1 1981 thru December 1996. Nothing past that but it's pretty damn cool. Ron really took some time to do this. Big thanks to him.



digs
November 20, 2021 at 06:27:29 AM
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This message was edited on November 20, 2021 at 06:27:55 AM by digs

relative to Stardog's post, here are links:

Open Wheel Magazine Article Index

Index of Open Wheel Magazine

JIM'S MEGA MAGAZINESMagazines - AutoOPEN WHEEL

 

 

 




Stardog
November 20, 2021 at 03:14:48 PM
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Posted By: digs on November 20 2021 at 06:27:29 AM

relative to Stardog's post, here are links:

Open Wheel Magazine Article Index

Index of Open Wheel Magazine

JIM'S MEGA MAGAZINESMagazines - AutoOPEN WHEEL

 

 

 



Hi digs. Thanks for the links. Loved the index by John Nelson. I can't fathom the amount of time and dedication it takes to do that. Printed that baby out and put it in my Open Wheel Magazine binder. If I need to find an article it saves me a massive amount of time. Thanks John wherever you are.



Racer4rcw
November 22, 2021 at 03:34:03 PM
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This message was edited on November 22, 2021 at 03:36:22 PM by Racer4rcw

 

click on this link

https://sites.google.com/site/arradocumentingracinghistory/look-it-up



Danimal
November 22, 2021 at 05:31:49 PM
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the history documented in those magazines is incredible..I also have a mostly complete set from the early years including #1,2 and 3.

always wondered when it all came to an end.

thx for the info! Smile

 




Stardog
November 22, 2021 at 07:24:09 PM
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Posted By: Racer4rcw on November 22 2021 at 03:34:03 PM

 

click on this link

https://sites.google.com/site/arradocumentingracinghistory/look-it-up



Thanks Racer4rcw. Another awesome website! I don't know why I never knew about these sites before.



Racer4rcw
November 23, 2021 at 09:01:10 AM
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Posted By: Stardog on November 22 2021 at 07:24:09 PM

Thanks Racer4rcw. Another awesome website! I don't know why I never knew about these sites before.



Yeah. That's all stuff Tom sent me.  
Rex





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