Thu, 19 June 2014
012: Tim Suddard is the publisher of Grassroots Motorsports and Classic Motorsports magazines. Tim also runs the Orange Blossom Tour. He has restored over 40 cars and in August of 2014 Tim will celebrate his 30th year as a publisher of great automotive m
Tim Suddard grew up the son and grandson of a Ford dealer. He began restoring cars at the age of 14 and still has the first car he restored, a 1929 Ford that his grandfather had sold brand new. Shortly after graduating from Stetson University he decided that America’s car magazines focused too much on the wealthiest few, so he started Grassroots Motorsports, a magazine geared towards regular people who enjoyed fixing up and playing with common, readily available sports cars.
This success lead to the formation of a second publication; Classic Motorsports, which has become America’s largest publication catering to classic sports car enthusiasts. These publications led to an events business, that includes hosting the Classic Motorsports Mitty, one of the oldest and largest vintage races in America, the Ultimate Track Car Challenge and the $201X Challenge series of low cost events; that have run for the last ten years.
Tim does a variety of contract publishing work that includes publication of the Amelia Island Concours program, the World Challenge fan guide and other concours and race event programs. He maintains, rallies and races a collection of about fifteen eclectic, mostly British, sports cars and has restored over 40 cars since that first Model A.