Autosport regularly receives comments about how the sport was better 'back in the day', although it is rather harder to pin down exactly when that was. A perusal of the correspondence pages in the magazine going back to the 1950s illustrates that this feeling has been virtually ever-present. Rose-tinted spectacles, it seems, have been around almost as long as time itself.
Nevertheless, there is no doubt that motorsport has changed extensively since 1950. Some developments have been for the better, while others have certainly not brought improvement. And some changes were necessary, while others are more debatable.
Media coverage and exposure has increased dramatically and, with so much demand on drivers' time, real access to them has become harder and harder. This creates the odd situation of fans hearing from drivers a lot, but not really knowing them - the PR situation often results in the impression that there aren't characters any more, but there are: you just don't get to see them. The increasing professionalism and focus required from modern sportspeople also means some of the more 'entertaining' characteristics of past legends would not result in success today.