Australian Auto Action…

Posted: December 7, 2020 in Obscurities

Make sure you buy Auto Action this week as it has a piece by yours truly, a six page feature on the Tornados. It has some ripper shots not published before. Keep buying it too, if I can help drag in a few extra readers the historic content will grow.

AA boss-cocky Bruce Williams is expanding his historic coverage to help broaden the appeal of a magazine which has been with us since 1971. Time flies. When i got hooked on cars in 1972 my magazine diet was Racing Car News, Sports Car World and Auto Action, only the latter endures sadly.

AA has more V8-taxis than you can poke a stick at of course. The F1 coverage is great, ditto Indycars, sports-prototypes, off-road and a halfway decent national event summary – and the rest. You might be surprised at the historic content already, about eight pages and above. My loose brief is to waffle on about older single-seaters, sportscars and people.

Anyway, give us a go, revisit the magazine if you’ve not bought it for a while.

primotipo and the like are free, I suppose as a group the ‘primotipos’ of the world have knocked around the sales of traditional publications. But it’s important we keep the magazines we have. Of course said publications must have punter appeal. My current favourites are MotorSport, The Automobile, Australian Musclecar and Auto Action– a diverse selection. All are privately owned which I rather like as an SME owner for most of my business career.

I’m pluggin’ away on some other commissions as well. The Auto Action piece is the first to be published. Many thanks to Geoff Harris, Bruce Williams, Heath McAlpine and the Auto Action crew. rolls on unchanged, it’s a fix I can’t do without!



  1. greg moss says:

    Used to get free A/A’s 20 odd yrs ago when working for The Age, an absolute bible!

  2. Peter Finlay says:

    Well done Mark. From one AA contributor (NSW and National Hillclimb reports 1993-2000 ish). Of course, I worked for the opposition (RCN) as Advertising Manager from 1975-1990 and had been a contributor (US, Canada and my own exploits in England) in 1971-2).

    • markbisset says:

      Thanks Peter,
      I didn’t realise you had been such a part of the commercial side of RCN- I can still remember your ‘Palliser’ reports from the UK and North America when I first started buying RCN.
      Go well.

  3. Barrie Read says:

    Hi Mark Thank you for this news ,I can’t believe the energy you have. I’ve been playing with a friends purchase of the ex Ray Gibbs restored 1960 Cooper Climax T53 Lowline F1 2.5 litre and have had advice from Adam Berryman.The project for me has been fascinating in trying to determine how many chassis’s bearing our car number exist,being F11 5 60, We’re told of course,that it can’t be correct ,but who knows better. Sadly Ray died earlier this year and as he had dementia for many years so we can’t verify any history from him.We got the car running again a few months ago and once the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted we took it to Winton on the 20th Nov. and successfully ran 6 laps just to see that it all worked ok. Keep up your great hobby as I really enjoy your knowledge and research. Regards Barrie Read.

    Sent from my iPad


    • markbisset says:

      Thanks Barrie,
      It has been, and still is fun sharing our history.
      Flavio’s is a very nice car, I had a good look at the Island a couple of years ago.
      Few of the GP Coopers have a ‘simple history’, this car is no exception! I’m glad its running again, look forward to seeing it.

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