Jan 3, 2011
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By John Ulrich
Davey Coombs' Road Racer X magazine has officially gone out of business.
Both the Road Racer X print magazine and the roadracerx.com website have ceased operations. But in a deal I made with my friend Coombs, paid subscriptions to Road Racer X magazine will be fulfilled issue-for-issue by Roadracing World & Motorcycle Technology magazine. For example, Road Racer X readers with six issues left on their paid subscription will receive the next six issues of Roadracing World; if they already subscribe to Roadracing World, their subscription to Roadracing World will be extended by the number of issues left on their paid subscription to Road Racer X.
The process will be automatic, and readers of Road Racer X don't have to do anything. The first issue of Roadracing World sent to those readers should arrive in late February.
This deal should be no surprise to anybody: Davey Coombs is an honorable man, and his magazine was a worthy competitor in our market niche. Coombs' wildly successful motocross/supercross magazine, Racer X, continues to be published. And his Racer X Online (~) is the biggest, most influential site in motocross. The Coombs family has also been busy with the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championships; they took over operation of that series from AMA Pro Racing and DMG three years ago.
At its close, Road Racer X had been in business eight years and was being published six times a year. Roadracing World is now celebrating its 20th anniversary, and subscribers to Roadracing World receive 13 issues a year, including the annual Track Day Directory special issue.
The official announcement of Road Racer X going out of business appears here, on the Road Racer X website: