This article is about the magazine. For the sport, see Auto racing.
Type Weekly magazine
Owner(s) Motorsport Network
Editor Kevin Turner
Founded 1950 (1950)
ISSN 0269-946X

Autosport (ISSN 0269-946X) is a weekly magazine covering motorsport, published in the United Kingdom every Thursday. It was first published on 25 August 1950 by Gregor Grant, immediately prior to the Silverstone International Trophy meeting of that year. In 2016, Haymarket Media Group sold Autosport and other motorsport media outlets to Motorsport Network.


Name Start End
Gregor Grant August 1950 March 1968
Simon Taylor April 1968 August 1971
Richard Feast August 1971 November 1973
Ian Phillips November 1973 April 1976
Quentin Spurring May 1976 November 1981
Mark Hughes November 1981 November 1983
Quentin Spurring November 1983 March 1988
Peter Foubister April 1988 January 1992
Andy Hallbery February 1992 April 1993
Bruce Jones April 1993 June 1996
Laurence Foster June 1996 February 1998
Mark Skewis February 1998 March 2000
Anthony Rowlinson March 2000 February 2002
Laurence Foster February 2002 January 2004
John McIlroy January 2004 October 2005
Andrew van de Burgt November 2005 July 2011
Charles Bradley[1] July 2011 November 2014
Edd Straw December 2014 May 2016
Kevin Turner May 2016

Staff contributors

Its current editor is Kevin Turner,[2] having assumed the role from Edd Straw in early 2016. Previous editor-in-chief Andrew van de Burgt,[3] oversaw a comprehensive relaunch of the magazine in March 2009. Cartoonist Jim Bamber was one of its other regular contributors, with his cartoons of motorsport news topics until his death due to cancer in June 2014 .[4] Another cartoonist to have a regular appearance from 1970 to 1994,[5] when Bamber took over his regular slot following his battle with cancer, is Barry Foley, with his Team Catchpole strip.[6]

The team's current roster of staff journalists includes F1 Group Editor Jonathan Noble, Assistant F1 Editor Ben Anderson, Deputy Editor Marcus Simmons, editor Glenn Freeman, Features Editor Scott Mitchell and Rallies Editor David Evans.

As well as covering all significant worldwide motorsport events, Autosport also covers the UK national, club and historic racing scene in the "Club Autosport" section, which includes a weekly column by Marcus Pye. Autosport also organizes the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award for young British racing drivers. David Coulthard and Jenson Button are both on the list of previous winners.

John Bolster

John Vary Bolster (24 May 1910-13 January 1984) became technical editor of Autosport on its foundation in 1950 and one of motoring journalism's most colourful personalities. John contributed weekly road tests and technical articles. He filed his last report for the magazine a few days before his death. Active in motor sport during the 1930s and in the 1940s with specials at Shelsley Walsh and Lewes (in particular his 7 cwt twin-engined later four-engined 200 bhp Bloody Mary usually holder of the fastest time of the day) and other venues his racing career was ended by a near fatal accident driving an ERA which overturned in the 1949 British Grand Prix. Owner and driver of a 1911 Silver Ghost Rolls-Royce and a 1903 Panhard-Levassor driven in every possible Brighton Run he was also an enthusiast for Stationary engines. In 1982 he received the Pemberton Trophy, the Guild of Motoring Writers' award for his achievements within his profession.[7][8]

Author of numerous publications John was also the BBC television motor racing commentator. He was familiar to viewers of the 1950s and 1960s conducting interviews in his deerstalker hat.[9]


In addition to the magazine, the publishers also maintain a website which covers much of the same area. In 2005, took over AtlasF1, a rival Formula One news website. For a short time the website was called Autosport-Atlas but in January 2006 the name changed back to

Autosport International

The same company also organises a motorsport-themed exhibition called Autosport International, which has taken place every January at the NEC Birmingham, UK, since 1991. It reflects the magazine's coverage with displays from karting and grassroots motorsport to GTs and Formula One. There is also a Live Action area. Most industry players have presence there. It's the largest such exhibition in the world.

Autosport Asia Edition

In April 2011, Autosport re-launched Autosport Asia Edition. It is published by Bespoke Media Pte Ltd in Singapore. It is a monthly magazine instead of a weekly and the aim is that it will carry over most of the month's content from the British edition, as well as placing a very strong emphasis on the Asian motorsport scene.

Autosport Russian Edition

On 11 February 2013, launched Autosport Russian Edition.[10]

Autosport Arabic Edition

On 1 November 2013, launched Autosport Arabic Edition.[3]

Autosport French Edition

On 3 April 2014, launched Autosport French Edition.[11]

Japanese Autosport

See AUTOSPORT in Japanese Wikipedia

Autosport shares the same name with the Japanese weekly magazine, AUTOSPORT (オートスポーツ), which was first published in 1964. The Japanese magazine covers the same topic but there is no relation with the British magazine.

Autosport Awards

Main article: Autosport Awards


  1. "Andrew van de Burgt appointed editor-in-chief of Autosport". Haymarket Media Group. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  2. Porter, Hugh (23 May 2016). "Kevin Turner moves to Autosport". ResponseSource. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  3. 1 2 "AUTOSPORT launches Arabic website". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  4. Jim Bamber. "Biography". Archived from the original on 22 May 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2008.
  5. "TFM PUBLISHING catalogue". Gazelle Book Services. Archived from the original on 7 October 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2008.
  6. "Team Catchpole". Archived from the original on 18 May 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2008.
  7. Mr John Bolster. The Times, Friday, Jan 20, 1984; pg. 12; Issue 61743
  8. Obituary, John Vary Bolster, William Boddy Motor Sport February 1984
  9. Doyen of the Circuit dies, The Times, Friday, Jan 20, 1984; pg. 18; Issue 61743
  10. "AUTOSPORT launches Russian version". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  11. "AUTOSPORT launches French version". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.

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