MAGAZINE NEWS UPDATE!
Cruisin’ Times magazine has been around for over 25 years and like you, we were sad to hear it would be stopping publication. The magazine was started to support the automotive hobby and the talent and creativity that goes into it. Being car enthusiasts ourselves, we looked into keeping the magazine alive. We talked with the owner Andy Shapiro, to see if we could bring Cruisin’ Times back to life.
The main reason the magazine was being forced to shutdown was the cost associated with running the publication due to all of the increases in print and postage. We are still trying to figure out many parts of bringing the magazine back into publication, but a few significant pieces have already come together. Andy will help with the editing of the magazine and Joe Secka will continue providing his outstanding show coverage and feature articles.
Our plans for the magazine’s website include adding more events, expanding the coverage area, articles, photos, and videos, as well as an easier way to subscribe and keep track of your subscription. The classified section will include filters so it’s easier to search, and expanding them nationally to help locate those unique parts or special hard-to-find vehicles. We are also making plans for increasing event coverage and developing an app for your phone to view and add events, buy and sell cars and parts, and much more!
We are expecting to resume printing for the April issue which will debut at the Piston Power Show in March next month. This will give us time to contact the advertising partners and notify them of the new Cruisin’ Times, as well as work out details for the existing subscribers. Our commitment is to the Cruisin’ Times members and the great car community. We have reviewed the finances of the former company and it is not possible to keep the printed magazine price to $2 per issue. The postage alone has increased to almost 90 cents per copy. To keep the magazine quality and invest in the future, we need to adjust the subscription price to $2.50 per issue for a 12 month subscription ($30 a year). The retail list price will increase from $4.95 to $6.95. So by subscribing, you’ll save over $50/year over news-stand prices! (90% of you already do so!). Please know that the new partners all have full-time jobs and will not be drawing a paycheck from the magazine. We simply love cars and love Cruisin’ Times and didn’t want to see it disappear. We are asking for everyone’s help to keep this iconic brand alive and in a financial position to be around for future generations to love and enjoy! Thank you all for your support and understanding!
1963 VW Bug... This bug has been lowered with air ride suspension. The rails modified and all seams, fenders, custom head lights & taillights molded. Owned by Buddy, Akron, Ohio.