Car Craft
November 2002 Cover of Car Craft
CategoriesAutomobile magazine
PublisherMotor Trend Group
Total circulation
Final issueMarch 2020
CompanySource Interlink
Based inLos Angeles
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Car Craft was a magazine devoted to automobiles, hot rodding, and drag racing. It was published by the Motor Trend Group. It was established in 1953. The magazine published articles directed at inexperienced and expert car mechanics, such as rebuilding a carburetor.

The motto of the magazine was Loud, Fast, Real, which emphasized its more budget-oriented approach to automobile building. When compared to similar magazines, Car Craft often featured vehicles built on a "real world" budget, with an emphasis on functionality over style. Sister publication Hot Rod overlapped to an extent on some of the same subject matter, however Hot Rod covered more professionally built vehicles.

One of the editors-in-chief was John Mcgann. Previous editors included Rick Voegelin, Jon Asher, Jeff Smith, John Baechtel, Chuck Schifsky, Matt King, David Freiburger and Douglas Glad. Car Craft named an annual All-Star drag racing team each year plus a lifetime achievement award.[2]

On December 9, 2019, MotorTrend publisher TEN Publishing announced that they will cease publishing of Car Craft, alongside 18 other magazines.[3] March 2020 was the final issue of the magazine.


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  2. ^ "No. 10: Dale Armstrong". National Hot Rod Association. 2001. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
  3. ^ Gastelu, Gary (December 9, 2019). "MotorTrend publisher TEN Publishing discontinuing 19 automotive magazines". Fox News. Retrieved 5 November 2020.