Out now: the Autocade Yearbook 2024
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Out now: Autocade Yearbook 2024

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From the founder and publisher, Jack Yan

Welcome to Autocade. I created this site in 2008 as a passion project, since cars have been a part of my life literally since the day I was born. My grandfather, visiting the hospital, brought me a ’55 Chevrolet Nomad model (which I still have), and I’ve had an interest in cars for as long as I can remember. I collected the toy models, drew them, devoured car magazines (my mother bought my first Motor magazines that were withdrawn from the local library; and as a child I was gifted many others by my friend Laura Hayvice’s father, Gary), and, probably as importantly, pored over Auto Katalog (another classmate’s father, this time Karl Urban’s, Jürgen, gifted me his 1979 and 1981 editions). Our local GP, Dr Paul B. Wong, had a few Motor road test annuals and an Auto Universum that were also given to me, which at least made childhood illnesses more bearable. Eventually, with pocket money I would get my own, and even wound up writing about cars professionally, principally for a fashion magazine I founded, Lucire.

During 2023, my partner Amanda Satterthwaite and I felt it was high time for Autocade to appear in print. My friend Keith Adams (AROnline) and I had looked into print 12 years earlier, but we had thought about taking the entire encyclopædia into print—something which I didn’t think was possible without more hands on deck and a lot of money. Instead, we created a very distinctive yearbook format that I feel is reminiscent of the car annuals of old, though not quite as thick (but then we’re selling it for a lot less). The Autocade Yearbook, our first, hopefully the first of many, appeared in December 2023.

I’d love to continue the dialogue with you on our Facebook page. Let me know what you’d like to see, what other forms you’d like to see Autocade take, and let’s build up a fun, enjoyable and inclusive car community, whether your interest lies in econoboxes, supercars, or something in between.

Jack Yan


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Out now: Autocade Yearbook 2024