Heritage

Babcox Media: Established 1920. Reinvented Every Day.

In 1920, Akron, Ohio, native Edward S. Babcox ventured into the business-to-business publishing industry with the acquisition of India Rubber Review magazine, and Babcox Media was born.

This single acquisition sparked 97 years of innovation and reinvention as we’ve founded and acquired new media brands and adopted new technologies to remain a strong B2B media leader in the automotive, powersports and truck fleet aftermarkets.

Here’s a glimpse of how the Babcox Media family of media brands has transformed over the years.
In our eyes, 2017 is just the beginning.

1920
India Rubber Review acquired
1927
India Rubber Review changes names to India Rubber & Tire Review
1931
India Rubber & Tire Review changes names to Tire Review
1931
Brake Service founded
1953
Brake Service changes name to Brake and Front End Service
1964
Automotive Rebuilder founded
1974
Motorcycle Product News founded
1974
Fleet Maintenance and Specifying founded
1976
Brake & Front End Service changes name to Brake & Front End
1979
ImportCar founded
1982
BodyShop Business founded
1983
Counterman founded
1984
Fleet Maintenance & Specifying changes name to Fleet Equipment
1995
Underhood Service founded
1999
aftermarketNews founded
2000
Tech Shop founded
2001
Automotive Rebuilder changes name to Engine Builder
2002
Tomorrow’s Tech founded
2004
Servicio Automotriz founded
2005
AutoCarePro founded
2005
Fleet Equipment acquired
2010
Shop Owner founded
2010
Motorcycle Product News acquired
2011
Motorcycle Product News changes names to Motorcycle & Powersports News
2013
Speedville founded
2015
AMN Global founded
2016
 AutoCareVideo founded
2016
 AutoCarePro eNewsletters become Brake & Front End, ImportCar, and Underhood Service eNewsletters
2016
 TelematicsTalk founded.