Review: Retromotive magazine

New motoring magazine gives car enthusiasts some eye candy.

There’s no shortage of car magazines on newsagent’s shelves, but few are in the mould of Retromotive.

The product of Brisbane-based photographer Nathan Duff, it’s not surprising that there’s a bias towards high quality images over words. What began as Nathan’s pet project has now turned into a 126-page coffee table magazine full of unique and beautiful motoring images.

“I have always loved the tactile feel of a magazine and believe the future of them rests on quality publications for niche markets,” Nathan said. 

 “People love the magazine because it’s heavy on imagery and tells the story of the owner as much as the car.

“The thicker pages and A4 format help give it a premium feel and it’s something people like to have on display.”

The images are both arty and moody, always interesting and, at times, striking. And it isn’t only about the eclectic mix of makes, models and ages. 

Their owners are featured extensively too. Their stories are fascinating and include quite personal accounts of their infatuation with their car, or cars.

Volume one features incredible photography and stories of a Porsche 356, Charger R/T, Mercedes Benz 230 SL, Series 3 Land Rover, Giocattolo Group B and few other classics.

From 1 September, subscribers will receive the next edition of Retromotive which offers an array of professional photography on a Lotus 11 LM150, Peugeot 205 GTI, Plymouth Road Runner Super Bird, Volvo 242 GT, Ford Cobra and a Cristian Cross.

“We feature a De Tomaso Mangusta once owned by entertainer Dean Martin’s son, Ricci Martin,” Nathan said.

“It was crashed by his brother Dino and somehow ended up in Australia – it’s stories like these that we love at Retromotive magazine.”  

The word ‘magazine’ doesn’t do this publication justice, it’s much more and will find pride of place on any car nut’s coffee table. 

Published quarterly, individual issues are $20 each and a four-issue subscription is $79, postage included. Volume 3 is in production right now and available for pre-order.