IronWorks Magazine, a print magazine catering to Harley-Davidson enthusiasts and custom motorcycle aficionados, will print its last issue in March 2014 after an illustrious 24-year run. The magazine was created by Dennis Stemp and his wife Marilyn in 1989, bringing the world of V-Twins to thousands through insightful articles, crisp photography and a high level of professionalism. Originally a family run business, the magazine was purchased in 1995 by Hatton-Brown and became the company’s first consumer publication.
After a 24-year run, the publishers of IronWorks Magazine have decided to pull the plug following the March 2014 edition.
The Stemps stayed on with the magazine until Dennis passed away in 2003. Marilyn continued to carry on the legacy started by her husband and is one of the most reputable editors in the industry thanks to an affable personality, dedicated work ethic and skills as a writer and photographer. Her son Vincent also worked for the magazine as Tech Editor. With new challenges facing print publications in the digital age and the evolution of reader tendencies, publisher Hatton-Brown decided to pull the plug on the magazine.
While it is sad to see the magazine go under, fret not for the Stemps. Apparently, Marilyn plans on embarking on a new venture, Iron Trader News. Actually, Iron Trader News is the original title of the publication before it assumed the name IronWorks. In a post by Stemp on the IronWorks Facebook page, she claims the new venture will “continue bringing dependable, intelligent information to bike riders everywhere.”
We have no doubt this is true and wish the Stemps much success in their future endeavors. She’s already got the foundation for the new site up and will soon be populating it with content.
Here’s the post from Marilyn via the IronWorks Magazine Facebook page.
“It is with some sadness that I write to inform you that Hatton Brown, the publisher of IronWorks, has decided to cease publication of the title after 24 years, effective with the March 2014 issue. Some of you may have learned this news as it was 'leaked' and I apologize if that’s the case. It’s not what I would have chosen.
“As much as this represents the end of an era for the IronWorkers, it also presents an opportunity... for us to express gratitude for the fulfilling work we so enjoyed and the great times spent among you, our friends in motorcycling. You allowed us to tell your stories, showcase your craftsmanship and peek behind the counters in your shops. We appreciate your support of and interest in IronWorks over the years and prize the friendships that have been forged. I speak for the entire staff when I thank you for the many entertaining and enriching experiences IronWorks enabled.
“That said, I do regret not being able to follow through on some editorial plans. We’re doing our best to find placements for promised articles that remain unpublished at this time.
“If you are an IronWorks subscriber, you are entitled to a refund for unfulfilled copies. You may contact Hatton Brown directly or drop me a note—about this or any other concern. And do visit our new Facebook page for Iron Trader News. We’re reviving the original title that predates IronWorks to continue bringing dependable, intelligent information to bike riders everywhere.
“Thanks for your interest in IronWorks. It was a great ride.”
IronWorks Magazine/Iron Iron Trader News