I think we have to remember that the club mag can only be as good as the members who contribute. You can not expect an excellent magazine and just rely on other people to do it, especially the same columnists, they need readers input. You also have to remember that the columnists do it in their spare time and it can take a long time to find information, pull together emails, and put own articles together.
I actually find it a very easy and good read which is enjoyable and not too serious. Not many car clubs have such an extensive magazine as ours, which in my opinion has came on greatly in the last few years, the old mags appear very old fashioned now. Things have to change, they need to appeal to a different audience and draw in more people. A lot of Citroen owners do not have vast mechanical knowledge as others and so things need to appeal to all.
The forums have taken over and will continue to do so, I feel there is little point in putting in small scale technical sections when really there is usually everything you need online. However, to raise the awareness of a specific problem (such as Xantia battery terminals which could affect many CCC members) and to give the occasional how to guide is sufficient.
It’s a shame that the CCC forums are so quiet, perhaps something should be done to try and encourage people to use it more. There will also be many members who do not have internet access, or at least regular access. So for them the mag is a lifeline into the club.
It is also sometimes nice to sit down and read some text rather than scouring the forums for things too.
Yes, probably the owners of such cars have changed slightly, but on the whole I think it largely remains how it used to be. You do not buy an XM for an old hack about, you buy it because you like them, you appreciate the design, technological benefits and mechanicals of the hydropneumatics etc.
I look forward to the Citroenian arriving every month, to read about the events (most of which I go to anyway) and to read other peoples experiences with their cars and so on. Long may the Citroenian continue