I began modifying my first car but stuck to small things as it wasnt mine. When i got my own car i wanted to personalize it but so the insurance wouldn't go sky high. I regularly read max power for ideas and tips. Its great for finding cheap insurance although this is not where i got mine. It also gives you handy links for things like cheap alloys.
You can rate peoples car and add you own car and have it rated by Max Power.
Max power regularly do events for showing off modified cars, i keep an eye out for any in my area. But there are also special events where you can go and watch races, drifts and generally have a look at some of Max Power finest cars.
There are a series of competitions to win things like an xbox, alloys, hd box and so on. I dont no how much luck you have winning as ive never entered one. The online shop has everything you need to pimp out your car from fluffy dice to full body kits. The magazine has a half naked girl on everyother page which isnt the worst thing in the world but when your partners sitting next to you reading as well it can get a bit awkward.
There is a forum where you can talk to other members. Weather it be for disussing ideas on what to do next or maybe look to sell or buy an item.
We always have cars which in some way have a bodykit,alloys spoilers and large exhuast and so on,this is mixed with attending local meets and attending car shows.
Maxpower is not too bad a magazine the trouble is the car scene has gotten bigger and bigger over the years and a lot of owners into the scene are far from the old enthuiast which roamed the meets and events years ago.
So to cover all the scenes and to appeal to the masses Maxpower magazine is filled with a mix of cars and styles to which they try to fit into these different scenes,this can be good and bad to the buyer as you are sure to see a review about one of the car styles you are into but this also means that the scene/style you are into only features on a few pages.You find yourself turning over page after page trying to find an area which you want to read and then later coming back to read odd sections about other scenes and cars.
If you are into the modding scene Max power is a magazine that does appeal to the modding enthusiasts with helpful tips on cleaning products and other modding products.
The magazine did try a few years ago to try to regain status in the enthuiast scene and cut out the pages of half naked women,and to me the magazine seemed to grow up and give a healthy mix of cars as before ,but featured a more detailed review on those cars and offered more serious advice.Poor sales meant that the half naked women came back to the pages and the magazine returned to how it was.
Myself, I do not mind the women in the magazine as it is aimed primarily at men but a healthy balance would be a better option for this magazine,with more indepth reviews and I feel better cars mixed with the pages of women but on less pages.
Overall the magazine can be funny but does appeal less to the enthuiast
and more to the modders whom jump in and out of the car scene.
The website looks great on opening but there are empty links and little info on pages and as with the magazine,plenty of advert links.
Just want to add i have meant Max Power workers a few times and the ones i have met in person have been very polite.
Lacks Power I'm a car mad sort who just cannot leave a car standard.It's like an itch and I don't have will power to stop scratching.I was a 'boy racer' when that expression stressed the racer but now it is a lifestyle definition and the people who come into this grouping spend their friday nights parked up competing in contest to have the newest and largest alloy wheels or the latest carbon-fibre/neon washer jets.It has developed into a massive lifestyle market and this is what MP caters for. I've been reading 'Max Power' and it's bretheren for years and although I know the magazine well I've always tended towards it's rival 'Fast Car'.I know I'm supposed to be reviewing Max Power but I include Fast Car and Revs because they all do the same stuff in much the same way what goes for one equally applies to the other I first bought 'Fast Car' back in 1991 and I found it a revelation.It was jammed packed full of all-sorts of interesting cars,pictures and technical sections.What I loved more than anything though were the technical articles explaining the theory behind tuning plus lots of advice and pieces on DIY,Blue Peter style tips about how to tune your engine on the cheap.I mean I was 19 badly paid and my knowledge though good fell short of my enthusiasm and 'Fast Car' more then any other gave me a few options to try and stimulated the idea of experimenting there was always pages on anything from areodynamics of airflow to easy but extremely accurate ways to time your cams from luminaries such as David Vizard,for example,who was and is a legend in engine tuning. Max Power,Revs, and I am sorry to say Fast Car have for a good while now been the Hello of the tuning market.Don't get me wrong it's not the half naked girls I object to so much though if that was what I wanted I'd be aswell looking a few shelves higher,it's the fact that they'v
e managed to turn a lifelong passion of mine into the domain of the teenage schoolboy. What used to be a form of personal expression is now a fashion accessory and if you drive anything other than a Citreon Saxo or Nissan Skyline you're not 'in'.They seem to have lost the point somewhere I mean when you've seen one Japanese car done up like just like a car out of Fast and Furious they think what you need is to see another ten.It's all about who's got the biggest wheels,biggest bodykit,loudest stereo and the most expensive outrageous paint.I've got the Jan '04 issue of MP here and I wonder why I wasted my money - at £3.95 because I realise now that it's no longer aimed at me.Buying the fanciest exhaust or the most expensive leather bucket seats and then fitting it and printing a series of photos with captions leaves me wondering what the writers actually understand about their subject.It's just that it's not exactly rocket science and goes to prove that the target audience is getting ever younger.They seem to recycle the same A to B route on how to go about tuning that I'm sure they all read the back of the same cornflakes packet.I regularly end up shaking my head at their lack of knowledge,imagination and the way they all cough up the same turgid nonsense parrot fashion.I go into town on a Friday night to be confronted with the max power clones in their Saxo VTRs and Corsas with a Mitsubishi Evo bonnet vent grafted on and a kit to make flames come out exhaust or some lad at work tells me that I should put a pipercross viper on my car to get 20bhp because it said so in MP even though in fact you'd be lucky to get 5bhp if that,of course neither he nor MP explain how it gets such a power hike it just does. My first car was a T-reg Fiesta 1.1L which I bought an XR2 engine for and put it in with a 1300 4spd g/box,both sourced from a scrapyard,where I also bought 13" wide rim Cortina wheels and
put them on instead of my standard 12's no-one at the time thought of 17" or 18" alloy wheels not even FC but they're essential now and this is what I hate about these magazines the fact that they're exclusive - you just have to have the right car and the right kit or your not a proper car modder.We use to tune our cars with a mixture of self-taught knowledge,buckets of enthusiasm and a copy of FC with it's accessible but in-depth articles by true engine tuning experts,then you got cars ranging from Sierra Cosworths through to a Marinas the point being it was about cars and it no longer is. Sorry,one more gripe.Now I know many may think and would be within their rights to say 'what gives you the right to judge' well I'd be happy to talk engine tuning to anyone and love talking with anybody who knows what they know through experience and a true depth of knowledge but I have to vent my constant exasperation when all the main tuning magazines have to resort to this tiresome style of writing styled on the bottom of the class in a primary 2 spelling test,a bold statement invoking images of pots and kettles some might add,but I just get the feeling that they try to deliberetly talk down to their readership and think they have to play up to this obvious stereotype that just grates on me Luckily for you I'm shortly coming to the end of this rant and equally lucky for both me and those truly interested in cars there are plenty of much more informative magazines out there.For the brand specific there's the like of Perfomance Ford or Total Vauxhall while for the general lover of cars I find Retro Cars which started up during the summer '03 to be particularly good in fact,much more like the Fast Car of ten years ago.The cars range from Triumph Dolomites to Fiat 131s to VW Golfs and beyond.It is with the same conviction that I praise these three magazines and condemn Max Power,Revs and of course Fast Car. <
br> It's the fact that Fast Car,more than any,started out as a truly excellent magazine of true quality written by people who obviously shared their passion with their readers that gets under my skin like it does.I don't think even one of the original contributers still writes for it and if you wrote to them and mentioned names like David Vizard or A Graham Bell they'd probably wonder what you on.So if you detect any venom in this review then maybe it's disappiontment at seeing something once so good descend so far. In conclusion,if you're truly interested tuning cars and can your past just looking at brightly coloured photos then this magazine isn't for you though your little brother will adore it.BB
Being a keen car modifier myself, MaxPower has been a source of inspiration as well as making good reading, and allowing you to dream over that RGS Motorsport tuned Nova, running the 2.0 turbo lump. But then RGS Motorsport is only up the road, and even my Nova has paid them a visit on a few occasions I started buying the magazine a few years back, and brought an issue every month from then on, up until recently. I haven’t bothered to buy this months addition. Over the last 6 months or so, it has slowly downgraded, it went into a real state of decline, where there was nothing at all in it but adverts and soft porn, but I think they realised that wasn’t helping and it soon started to make a come back as a car mag. However, it still seems to have lost the appeal it had back when I started. So I thought I would do a little test to see how much it has changed. The following is a head to head comparison of 2 magazines I dug out from under my bed. 1 is the Dec 1999 edition, and the other is the Spring 2001 edition. The results were as follows: Cost: 1999 - £3.30 2001 - £3.75 First impression on front cover: 1999 – Big bright orange Punto. (Not a bad looking motor either). Small picture of a girl in corner in bra and undies, not to bad either. Good list of content cars inside mag. Good article list on cover. Although main article seems to be and I quote ‘Bare-Ar*ed BTCC Birds* But nothing to bad. 2001 – Big red MR2 from Japan. Another woman in corner, again semi naked, but nothing exposed. Guess if there was it would have to be top shelf. Featured car list is smaller and hidden by plastic covering it comes in. Good list of what’s inside, boasting some interesting looking articles. Number of cars featured inside mag: 1999 – 11 2001 – 13 Number of pages of adverts within magazine: 1999 – approx. 120 (I did lose count so only a
pprox.) out of 235 2001 – approx. 95 out of 212 pages (excl personal car ads) Pages of women (does not include featured car owners, or cruise pictures. But does include adverts) 1999 – 20 2001 – 23 Number of interesting or informative articles in mag: (does not include letters or cruise patrol) 1999 - 6 2001 - 6 Those are some simple statistics I rounded up, they are by no means accurate to the nearest page, as its hard sometimes to define what’s a deliberate picture of a woman, and what’s not, or what’s an interesting article, or what’s not. But it gives an idea of the content It surprised me how much hasn’t changed over the 2 year span. In fact, the newer magazines have more cars in them, and less adverts. The number of women hasn’t changed much and the articles have remained the same. In fact, the only thing that has changed, is the price, by 45p. I was surprised at these figures, because the mag seems to not be as good as it was. Am I getting older????? Scary! I ran a few checks over other mags from recent and not so recent, and the results were roughly the same, with a few editions being way off the results in terms of women and adverts, but over all, the results run constant. The reviews on cars has become less in depth, with some reviews not exceeding 1 page in length, where as before some reviews would span for 4 pages. So what do I think of the mag? Well, it is still the same mag now, as it was before. Just presented in a different way. With half naked women being more a focus point, but in actual fact that content of naked women hasn’t changed. One thing I did notice had changed, was the attitude towards young people and their cars. It appears these days companies feel they need to stick a picture of a woman with an exhaust pipe somewhere, that in my personal opinion, could cause serious in
jury!. It is very insulting, that companies feel they need to show boobs and women to sell their products to younger people. CIA, a respectable insurance company, feel they need to have a full page spread of a woman topless in order to sell car insurance? However I feel the reason for the content having the reputation it has these days, is not so much MaxPower, but more the companies which advertise in it. I would still continue to buy the mag, but don’t think I will be buying it every month like I was. The car features are still the selling point I think, but they have developed a clever tactic of hiding the featured car list on the front cover, by putting a plastic wallet over the magazine, when on the shelf. This means you have to buy the mag, before you know what is in it. Good for them, but bad for the consumer. I am not interested in Ford’s (bar the Cosworth) or American nitrous fitted bombs. I want everyday cars modified, that I can relate to. And usually a glance at the front cover would tell me if the mag had what I wanted, but now that is not the case. So overall? Its still a good mag, and I think, it is still very popular with readers, but I think it has had to change to accommodate the new generation of ‘MaxHeads’ entering the car scene. (dang I am getting old :o( ) Worth the £3.75? Well it was worth the £3.30 back in 1999, and the 45p increase is not a huge blow to the pocket, considering the mag itself is the same.
Once upon a time (quite a few years ago, i hasten to add) , I had a little fast car (Suzuki swift Gti) and blasting about in it was the major consumer of all my free time. Now, whats that got to do with Max Power Magazine?? Well it was just for like minded people like myself, that lived, eat, slept and did other unspeakable things in the car! The mag had great features on how to make your car faster, louder and more pleasing to the eye. Several pages of adverts selling bits for my car were in there too, this was fantastic! Now, maybe I have grown up a little since I got married, not sure, but I had to buy a 5 door car and one with a boot used for shopping ..... not speakers, so my days of reading Max power had become something far and few between.... until tonight! As I wandered about the supermarket I say it there on the shelf, not noticing the price I shoved it in the trolley and carried on as normal. When it went through the scanner at the till though it flashed up the price.....£3.75 ALMOST £4!!!! "But" I thought to myself, if it is as good as it was all those years ago when Ford Sierra's were cool it must be worth it. So I got it home, levered it out of its cardboard cover (this months was a special) and a huge pile of rubbish fell out! There was a huge poster of a Renault 5 turbo, reversible to be a huge poster of a girl in a bikini!! Nice one I thought (wonder if the wife will let me put it up in the bedroom?) Then I got the usual pile of junk mail, quickly discarded that and started to read the Magazine. First impression I got was that they had put the wrong magazine in the box! Naked women on almost every page!! As for the interviews with various models, well, why???? This is a motoring magazine remember!! Do we really need to know if 'Emma Kohl' has ever slept with anyone famous? It
now seems that as theres a lack of 'hot hatches' to write about with Booming Systems, that Max power has resorted to selling soft porn in an attempt to make the magazine more entertaining. I have nothing against porn when it is used correctly between consenting adults (or sad lonely men), but for me to bring a motor magazine home and my 4 year old daughter to ask why people in funny coloured cars are all naked is quite embarrasing!! I can understand that people love thier cars and quite rightly are proud to show them off, especially after several thousand pounds spent and hours and hours work, but is the car not good enough on its own without a pair of models bum cheeks sticking out of the passenger door? So what else do you get amidst the funny coloured motors and boobs? Loads of adverts for wheels, exhausts ,mobile phone ring tones? ,and car radio's mmmmmmmmm well thats about all....... but no, just flicking through it again there's something useful after all...... no sorry, it was a load of pictures of local women from Porthcall in Wales with thier boobs out and telling you thier inner most sex fantasies and how many people they have slept with!!!!! I have to say that I feel a bit ripped off by paying almost Four Quid for this soft core porn/motor/advert magazine, I think it has lost its point somewhere along the line and no longer really is about how to make your car into a dream machine, but rather how to ogle the woman of your dreams! So to summarise then: Its about 70% half nude women 10% funny coloured cars and 20% adverts for wheels, tyres and fat exhaust pipes! I wont be buying it again as the wife saw this one and called me a perv!
the typical max power reader is about 14 and the magazine reflects this. Most people old enough to drive don't really want to pay this sort of price for an added poster, cd or sticker. The content was once wonerful (perhaps i was this age then) but it has now dropped into basically a soft pornography magazine. That said it is the most underground magazine available for the cruise scene and they regularly turn up to events that happen around the country and there is a wide selection of cars, although they tend to be made with bank loans not hard graft like they used to be. Good for the young, but seems to teen to be credible.