David Malsher takes the reins at RACER magazine Irvine, Calif. David Malsher, most recently Autosport magazine’s U.S. editor, is taking over as editor of Haymarket Worldwide’s RACER magazine, the U.S.’s premier general motorsports monthly magazine. Malsher replaces Andy Hallbery, who is leaving Haymarket after more than 21 years.
“Having worked on the European bible of motorsport, Autosport, for both the man I am replacing, Andy Hallbery, and the man with whom I’ll be working, Editor-in-Chief Laurence Foster, I would like to thank them both for their endorsements,” says Malsher.
“It is an honor to take control of a publication as prestigious as RACER. The intention is to turn it from a highly desirable product into essential reading material for every auto racing fan across North America and beyond. With our team of writers, photographers, production staff and designers, I have no doubt that we will reach and sustain the highest level of automotive publishing.”
Malsher is in his second stint at Haymarket, following a period of editing programs for Formula 1’s European venues. He has served as Motor Sports’s managing editor and deputy editor at Autosport before taking the U.S. assignment.
“We are very excited to have David Malsher at RACER, even as we are quite sorry to see Andy Hallbery leave,” says Haymarket Worldwide Publishing Director Ian Havard. “However, we won’t let Andy get too far away, as he will still be working with us on RACER features.”
Hallbery is leaving Haymarket to pursue other projects. Hallbery joined Haymarket in 1986 at Autosport, where he served as editor in 1992 before setting up Autosport Special Projects. He moved to the U.S. in 2001 to edit RACER.
“Having worked at Haymarket for 21 years, making the decision to leave was obviously difficult,” Hallbery says. “I have worked with some great people and made a lot of friends in the racing world – that’s what made this a hard choice.
“I have a number of exciting projects that I’m working on, both in and out of racing, so I will still be around the paddocks. Best of all, I know RACER will be in good hands; when we started Autosport Specials, David Malsher was fresh out of college, and was our first employee.”
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