Formula and Racecar Magazine

Formula Magazine Vol 1 No 1Formula Magazine Vol 1 No 3Formula Magazine Vol 1 No 5Formula Magazine July 1976"Formula" started in October 1973 but early copies are very rare. Having focused on Californian SCCA racing at first, it widened its scope to national racing during 1974 but then hit financial troubles in the latter part of that year and had to suspend publication. Managing Editor Paul Pfanner managed to secure finance from F5000 driver and Encyclopedia Britanica heir John Benton and the magazine restarted in 1975.

With Autoweek moving a greater proportion of its content to road cars, Formula became the leading source of US road racing reports and results during the late 1970s. Pfanner moved on in 1976 and would later create Racer magazine in 1992 and is now boss of OnCars.com. Jim McQueen took over as editor of Formula and later became owner of the magazine. In 1979 it was renamed "Racecar" but ceased publication late in 1980 when it was sold to Crain Communications and AutoWeek

Thanks to a stunning donation of 65 copies by Jeff Brueckheimer, another 40 in immaculate condition from Kenneth Lawrence, a generous loan from David McKinney, a set of scans of 1974 issues generously provided by Craig Wheeldon and kind donations of spare copies by John Ryan and Lloyd Burkett, OldRacingCars.com now has access to a complete collection. We have spare copies of all editions from 1976 onwards and would be happy to trade these for other magazines of interest.

Edition Comment
Vol 1, No 1 October 1973 JH
Vol 1, No 2 November 1973  
Vol 1, No 3 December 1973 CW, JB
Vol 1, No 4 January 1974 CW, JB
Vol 1, No 5 February 1974 CW, JB
Vol 1, No 6 March/April 1974 CW, JB
Vol 1, No 7 May 1974 CW, JB
Vol 1, No 8 June 1974 CW, JB
Vol 1, No 9 July 1974 CW, JB
Vol 1, No 10 August 1974 CW, JB
no more published until:  
Vol 2, No 1 February 1975 JB
Vol 2, No 2 March 1975 JB
Vol 2, No 3 April 1975 JB
Vol 2, No 4 May 1975 JB
Vol 2, No 5 June 1975  
Vol 2, No 6 July 1975  
Vol 2, No 7 August 1975  
Vol 2, No 8 September 1975  
Vol 2, No 9 October 1975 LB
Vol 2, No 10 November 1975 LB
Vol 2, No 11 December 1975  
Vol 2, No 12 January 1976 NOT PUBLISHED
Vol 3, No 1 February 1976 JB, LB
Vol 3, No 2 March 1976 JB, LB
Vol 3, No 3 April 1976 JB, LB
Vol 3, No 4 May 1976 JB, LB
Vol 3, No 5 June 1976 JB, LB
Vol 3, No 6 July 1976 JR, LB, JB
Vol 3, No 7 August 1976 JR, JB
Vol 3, No 8 September 1976 JR, JB
Vol 3, No 9 October 1976 JR, JB
Vol 3, No 10 November 1976 JR, JB
Vol 3, No 11 December 1976 JB
Vol 4, No 1 January 1977 JB
Vol 4, No 2 February 1977 JB
Vol 4, No 3 March 1977 JB
Vol 4, No 4 April 1977 JB
Vol 4, No 5 May 1977  
Vol 4, No 6 June 1977 KL
Vol 4, No 7 July 1977 KL
Vol 4, No 8 August 1977 KL
Vol 4, No 9 September 1977 KL
Vol 4, No 10 October 1977 KL
Vol 4, No 11 November 1977 DM, JB, KL
Vol 5, No 1 December 1977/January 1978 JB, KL
Vol 5, No 2 February 1978 KL
Vol 5, No 3 March 1978 KL, LB
Vol 5, No 4 April 1978 KL, LB
Vol 5, No 5 May 1978 KL
Vol 5, No 6 June 1978 KL, LB
Vol 5, No 7 July 1978 KL
Vol 5, No 8 August 1978 DM, JB, KL
Vol 5, No 9 September 1978 KL, LB
Vol 5, No 10 October 1978 KL, LB
Vol 5, No 11 November 1978 JB, KL, LB
Vol 5, No 12 December 1978 JB, KL, LB
Vol 6, No 1 January 1979 DM
Vol 6, No 2 February 1979 DM, JB, KL, LB
Vol 6, No 3 March 1979 DM, JB, KL, LB
Vol 6, No 4 April 1979 DM, KL, LB
Racecar Vol 6, No 5 May 1979 JB, KL
Racecar Vol 6, No 6 June 1979 DM, JB, KL, LB
Racecar Vol 6, No 7 July 1979 DM, JB, KL, LB
Racecar Vol 6, No 8 August 1979 JB, KL, LB
Racecar Vol 6, No 9 September 1979 DM, JB, KL, LB
Racecar Vol 6, No 10 October 1979 DM, JB, KL, LB
Racecar Vol 6, No 11 November 1979 DM, JB, KL
Racecar Vol 6, No 12 December 1979 DM, JB, KL, LB
Racecar Vol 7, No 1 January 1980 JB, KL, LB
Racecar Vol 7, No 2 February 1980 JB, KL
Racecar Vol 7, No 3 March 1980 IMRRC, JB, KL
Racecar Vol 7, No 4 April 1980 IMRRC, JB
Racecar Vol 7, No 5 May 1980 JB, KL
Racecar Vol 7, No 6 June 1980 JB, KL
Racecar Vol 7, No 7 July 1980 JB, KL
Racecar Vol 7, No 8 August 1980 JB, KL
Racecar Vol 7, No 9 September 1980 KL
Racecar Vol 7, No 10 October 1980 KL

Key:

CW - donated as a scan by Craig Wheeldon

JB - donated by Jeff Brueckheimer April 2010

DM - on loan from David McKinney

JH - donated as a scan by Jim Hawes

JR - donated by John Ryan

KL - donated by Kenneth Lawrence August 2010

LB - donated by Lloyd Burkett

IMRRC - donated by Mark Steigerwald of the IMRRC

This list was last updated on 20 January, 2014 .