Welcome to Must Read, where we single out the best stories from around the automotive universe and beyond. Today, we have reports from Grantland, Road & Track, and Hooniverse.
We're Weezer fans around here, so the 20th anniversary of their first album has made us all nostalgic. Here's Grantland's retrospective. No, these aren't cars. These are musics. Good musics.
On May 10, 1994, a four-piece rock-and-roll band clad in sweaters and khakis and led by a bespectacled dude with a bowl cut dropped their debut album. In a world still reeling from the death of Kurt Cobain, they proceeded to take the teen-rock throne, armed with a handful of power chords and a lot of earnestness. Whether Weezer birthed modern emo, or produced any more than one really good album, varies depending on whom you ask, but in 10 tracks and 41 minutes, the mark they left in the twilight of rock's reign is undeniable. Here, the Grantland staff takes you track-by-track through their debut (a.k.a. "The Blue Album") and the memories that are inevitably attached to it, even 20 years later.
You can't be tough all the time, and you shouldn't be — Road & Track
Cars are all angry now. Why? Why can't they be happy? Jack Baruth breaks it down.
Over the weekend, I had the good fortune of racing an E34-generation BMW 525i in South Carolina for a 24 Hours of LeMons event. (It would have been better if the good fortune had extended to the lifespan of the fuel pump, but that's a story for another time.) I was explaining to a friend why the E34 is my favorite generation of the 5 Series, and I heard myself saying, "Unlike the current Bimmers, it doesn't look angry."
Isn't this cool? This is cool. Cool.
You could argue all day about what to call this car. Ferrari purists may not consider it a Ferrari at all. Racers might not really think that it's an IMSA GTU-spec racecar. Ferrari 308, Mondial, and particularly 288 GTO owners might consider it an abominable mongrel.