OK, Baurspotting is not actually competing with Roundel.... well, not YET anyway! ;)
But, in a way, we do represent the New Media in this struggle VS the Old Media. The Times They Are A'Changing!
Today we have a great example of the problem faced these days by the slow-footed print media. You may be aware that Roundel Magazine has recently come under some intense criticism for an internal staff/organizational 'shake-up', that resulted in the loss of, or changes to, several long-serving, popular features. The criticism turned pretty nasty and personal at one point, expanding into ad hominem attacks that referenced the rather scandalous history of one of the most prominent players, btw, which caught me completely by surprise.
The vintage BMW community has reacted particularly strongly, since it was their ox that seemed to be getting gored. The shift in focus at Roundel seems to be oriented toward catering to the more modern BMW car-buying demographics, as opposed to the enthusiast DIY'ers that have historically been such a large part of the vintage community. You don't have to be a brain surgeon to figure out that my sympathies lie with the latter group.
But, I am not totally unsympathetic to the dilemma that Roundel, and other similar mags face. The electronic media world is just spinning too fast for them. For example, the article below was linked in the weekly online version of Roundel, which I received TODAY.
Here is the problem: even though it is appearing in the weekly ONLINE version of Roundel (which you would think would try to be current).... it is STILL old news. Check this link:
Even Baurspotting was able to post a story about this electric BMW 3.0CS on January 27th.... over a week ago! And Baurspotting makes no claim to be the Fastest Draw on the Internet, by any means. You KNOW you are in trouble when a small player like Baurspotting beats you to the punch by over a week!
Baurspotting does pay attention to what is out there, however, and we do post interesting stuff when we find it. Our advantage is that we can post stuff like this in a snap! We are not instantaneous, but.... we are damn close when we want to be! Even the Online Roundel can't do that! They still need a week to get the story out.
But if the ONLINE Roundel is over a week behind the Baurspotting news.... the PRINT version of Roundel is just hopelessly out of the game!
So, stay tuned! It will be interesting to watch this Brave New World unfold before us. NEWSWEEK, as you know, no longer has a print edition. Who is next? Roundel?
I suspect that there may be some BMW vintage folks rooting for that about now.