For somebody who used to work in marketing, I'm terrible at self-promotion. I don't own a trumpet, but if I did, I'd be rubbish at blowing it.
Which is why I haven't made a big song and dance about my involvement in Classic.Retro.Modern. magazine. The odd hint here and there, an email to PetrolBlog subscribers, but nothing to say “HEY LOOK AT ME AND THIS REALLY GREAT CLASSIC CAR MAGAZINE!”
The mag is one of the reasons why PetrolBlog and its associated YouTube channel have been stuck in first gear for a few months. Freelance work and the magazine first, PetrolBlog second. I'm grateful to Ben Carter for keeping the blog alive via his weekly Shednesday updates. Loving your work, Ben.
This is me making a big announcement. Having lost my bottle of self-confidence during the lockdown, my head won't allow me to jump on social media and say something like “Hey, my name is Gavin, and this new classic car mag is really great. You should order a copy.”
The thing is, Classic.Retro.Modern. will be great. It's an eclectic mix of classic cars of the 1960s, '70s, '80s, '90s and '00s. Heartland classics like the Jaguar E-Type, Big Healey and MGC Roadster sharing column inches with the Reliant Regal, Mini 1275GT and Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk5.
For PetrolBlog readers, there's the Citroën GS, Fiat Panda Mk1, Maserati Biturbo, Volvo 480, Vauxhall Calibra, Toyota RAV4 and Renault Safrane. Yes, even the Safrane gets a page.
Thinking of buying a Mercedes-Benz SL R129? Richard Dredge's ultimate guide covers everything you need to know. Want to discover more about Tom Karen? Richard Heseltine's interview will reveal all. There's much more, including the bizarre William Towns Black Prince.
If the words aren't enough, take comfort in the fact that friend of the show Roy McCarthy is in charge of design. Yes, that's Roy McCarthy of A is for Allegro fame. It's why Classic.Retro.Modern. looks so flipping amazing – the boy has done good.
A LOT of hard work has gone into creating the first issue. Months and months of planning, writing, design, photography and discussions about the Proton Impian. Many Jaffa Cakes have been consumed (thanks Ian).
You can buy a single copy for a fiver, but I'd recommend a City subscription, as this gets you three copies for £13.99 and special subscriber-only covers. City X, L, HL and Vanden Plas subscriptions are also available.
The first issue lands on 1 July, but you'll need to place your order by 16 June to guarantee a copy. Yes, my words are in it, but there are plenty of good reasons to buy a copy. Don't delay, order today, etc.
Here ends the parish announcement. Updates on dog fouling in the churchyard, Mr Heaton's shed roof and the condition of Mrs Busby's privet hedge will have to wait until next month.