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Autoweek Magazine
Autoweek Magazine Cover - Chevy's Centennial Celebration
October 31, 2011 cover of Autoweek
Editor Dutch Mandel[1]
Publisher Crain Communications Inc.[2]
First issue July 16, 1958 (1958-July-16)
Company Crain Communications Inc.
Country United States
Based in Detroit[3]
ISSN ISSN - 0192-9674

Autoweek is a fortnightly automotive enthusiast publication based in Detroit, Michigan[4]. It was first published in 1958 and in 1977 the publication was purchased by Crain Communications Inc, its current parent company.[2] The magazine covers auto racing, auto shows, vehicle trends, reviews and automotive lifestyle stories. It is also available via and on the iPad.

The Autoweek Media Group also includes,[5] an Autoweek iPhone and iPad app,[6] and Autoweek's Vinsetta Garage.[7]


Autoweek began publication in 1958 as a bi-weekly motorsports newsletter, titled Competition Press. One of the editors involved with the creation of the magazine was professional racer Denise McCluggage.[8] In 1964, distribution was changed to weekly, the title was changed to Competition Press & Autoweek, and vehicle reviews and industry news were included.[4] The name was shortened to Autoweek in 1975.[9]

In 1977, the paper was purchased by Crain Communications, Inc. and eventually changed into a magazine in 1986.[2] In 1988, Leon Mandel was named Publisher, a position he held until November, 2001.[10] Leon’s son, Dutch Mandel, joined Autoweek in 1997 and as of 2012 is the magazine’s Editorial Director and Associate Publisher.[1] Distribution frequency was changed from weekly to fortnightly in 2009.[4]

By 2012, in addition to Autoweek magazine, the Autoweek Media Group has grown to include, Autoweek Productions,,[5] an Autoweek iPhone and iPad app,[6] and Autoweek's Vinsetta Garage.[7]

Editorial direction

At its launch Autoweek (then titled: Competition Press) aimed to provide information for car and racing enthusiasts that was not readily available through other media outlets. The publication gave thorough coverage of major and minor races, as well as auto shows. Auto racing coverage included full grids, qualifying times, speeds, and tires, for both amateur and professional races. As television and cable began increasing motorsports coverage during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s Autoweek began to focus more prominently on automotive enthusiasts.[11] As of 2012, in addition to covering auto racing and auto shows, Autoweek covers vehicle trends, reviews and automotive lifestyle stories.[12]

Autoweek's Vinsetta Garage

Autoweek's Vinsetta Garage is a television show which first aired January 3rd, 2012 on Discovery Channel's Velocity TV. The show is hosted by Courtney Hansen and guests include automotive executives, musicians, race car drivers and Pixar animation designers.[7]

The show's name comes from the Vinsetta Garage, which opened in 1919 and is located on Woodward Avenue in Berkley, about 20 miles north of Detroit.[7][13] Constructed when Woodward Avenue was still a dirt road, the garage began as a gas station that serviced horse-drawn carriages and Model Ts.[14] It later took on the role of classic car repair shop and outpost for the Woodward Dream Cruise. After 91 years, its doors were closed in 2010 and it is being converted into a restaurant.[15]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Crain Communications, Inc.". Funding Universe. Retrieved on 24 February 2012.
  3. "Crain Offices Worldwide." Crain Communications. Retrieved on January 6, 2011. "The company's corporate headquarters as well as headquarters for Automotive News, AutoWeek, and Crain's Detroit Business. 1155 Gratiot Ave. Detroit, MI 48207-2997"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Neff, John. "AutoWeek going b-weekly, won't change name to AutoBiWeekly". autoblog. Retrieved on 24 February 2012. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "AutoBlog" defined multiple times with different content
  5. 5.0 5.1 White, Joseph. "Playing Matchmaker For Drivers and New Cars". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved on 24 February 2012.
  6. 6.0 6.1 O'Leary, Noreen. "The App Flap". Adweek. Retrieved on 28 February 2012.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Warren, Tamara. "AutoWeek's Vinsetta Garage". Forbes. Retrieved on 24 February 2012. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Forbes" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Forbes" defined multiple times with different content
  8. Stone, Matt. "The Fastest Woman on Four Wheels". Road and Travel Magazine. Retrieved on 24 February 2012.
  9. "Autoweek Covers 1974-1975". Retrieved on 27 February 2012.
  10. Pace, Eric (08 March 2002). "Leon Mandel, 73, Former Publisher of AutoWeek, Dies". Retrieved on 24 February 2012. 
  11. MacQueen, Jim. "Red Eyes For A Jaundiced Eye". Retrieved on 6 March 2012.
  12. "Autoweek Press Room". Autoweek. Retrieved on 6 March 2012.
  13. Woods, Ashley. "New TV show, restaurant planned for Woodward Ave's Vinsetta Garage". Michigan Live. Retrieved on 11 April 2012.
  14. Kavanaugh, Catherine. "Oldest car repair shop closes". The Daily Tribune. Retrieved on 8 April 2012.
  15. Charlton, Claire. "Vinsetta Garage Gets Dressed Up for Dinner". Patch Network. Retrieved on 8 April 2012.

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