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is an Australia
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n automotive magazine
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published monthly by ACP Magazines. The publication is well-renowned by Australian car enthusiasts. Its main competitor within the Australian market is Motor
, though Wheels
are stablemates in the ACP Magazines catalogue and are aimed at slightly different readers as Motor
concentrates on performance cars.
was founded in May 1953 by editor Athol Yeomans. With the help of a colleague, Yeomans planned the first copy of Wheels
in a stationery room of Hudson Publications in Sydney
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was the first Australian car magazine to appear in local newsagents and was a best seller from the start. Before its inception, only Europe
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an and American
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publications were available in Australia. Wheels was also the first magazine to actually road test cars. In the 1950s, road testing cars was something of a rarity as major makes did not allow it.
Since 1963, Wheels
have annually announced their Car of the Year
Wheels magazine has announced its Car of the Year every year since 1963, with the exception of 1972, 1979 and 1986 when no cars were considered worthy of the honour . It is considered Australia's most prestigious automotive award...
award, although this has been withheld in 1972, 1979 and 1986.
It was announced in September 2010 that Bill Thomas, former deputy editor of BBC Top Gear Magazine in the UK, would take over as editor in November 2010.