Before Gary Powell had finished his question about the new Bond movie, I’d already said yes twice. Gary was a 007 veteran. In The World Is Not Enough, he perfected flipping the Q speedboat on the Thames by jumping a smaller vessel—wait for it—onto dry land.
I live in Texas. I only ever see large amounts of snow if I leave the state. But what I learned after doing not one, but two snow driving schools with Porsche and Mazda, is how to turn those distinct winter driving disadvantages into wild hooning superpowers—and also how not to spin out, crash and die.
So, there’s a track that you really want to drive. Great! But you’ve never driven it before and you don’t want to make an idiot of yourself. That’s tricky. Here’s how you can Forrest Gump your way through it without completely screwing up.
Let's face it: racing is expensive. Many people can't afford to purchase a car, make it race-ready, and then proceed to crash it every weekend. Indoor go-karting, therefore, may be the most cost effective way to express your inner Jeff Gordon.
I’m telling you, Circuito de Guia is one of the most insane race tracks anywhere in the world. I wasn’t being hyperbolic when I called it “batshit crazy.” Anything can happen and usually does. That was definitely the case this weekend.
No matter how much track day, autocross or driving school experience you have, your first time doing actual wheel-to-wheel racing will be an entirely different animal.
I may be the last person you’d ever want on your endurance racing team. Success in motorsport comes with talent and and experience, and while I’m no stranger to the track—not always in good ways!—I’ve never done any actual wheel-to-wheel racing before. So when I was tapped to race Road & Track at Mid-Ohio with…
What’s it like to drive the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V on the street? Don’t know. Don’t care. Didn’t ask. That is not why I’m here. If you want to know what it’s like taking the kids to school or picking up groceries, then you can ask somebody else. I’m just here to tell you what it’s like to wring the neck of Caddy’s…
“Just bought a new-to-me 991 GT3. Next time you’re in ATL, you’re welcome to drive it.” That text popped up on my phone from a good friend of mine, David, near the end of June. I think he meant that I could drive his new Teutonic baby low and slow around the streets of Dekalb County. I had a completely different idea.
Leaning the Porsche Cayman GTS hard into the first of the three deceptively challenging back-to-back-to-back opening turns of Lime Rock my brain suddenly goes blank. Considering I’m piloting a $100K car at triple digit speeds you’d imagine this would be scary, but I felt great. It was the first time I’d gotten close…
My experience at Mini's Miles Ahead Performance Motoring School at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was one of the highlights of my year. Of course it was — what gearhead doesn't want to go to a driving school, where they learn how to fling cars around racetracks under the watchful eye of pro drivers?
In 1961, Jack Brabham paved the way for rear-engined race cars when he finished ninth overall at the Indianapolis 500 against more conventional front-engined racers. The car was a Cooper-Climax T54. It's kind of fitting then that the car that bears the Cooper name today has its driving school at the Indianapolis Motor…
Plenty of driving schools will teach you how to get around a track at speed. But what are you supposed to do when you encounter a 12-foot Colorado snowbank in your Aventador? Lamborghini has an answer to that, and I want to go to there.
Whether he was sharking cards as Bret Maverick, driving race cars, or outwitting the bad guys as Jim Rockford, James Garner was one of those Hollywood actors who always seemed impossibly cool. And to those who grew up watching him on The Rockford Files, he also helped make the driving technique known as a "J-turn"…
"It's tippy-er than I thought it'd be," Wyatt says. It's unclear if he means that the car turns in faster than he expected, or if the car feels like it's going to roll over. I get the sense he means the latter.
There is something lovely that, sadly, most racecars lack. It's called an emergency brake and mastering the use of it will make you a master driver. Here's how to do it. And as an added bonus, here's what happens when you put a NASCAR driver in a rally car.
Millions of spectators on TV. Thousands of fans in the stands. Constant updates streamed over countless internet channels. All focused on cars and drivers racing side-by-side at upwards of 200 miles per hour. So why are we drivers usually so damn boring?
Wait a second, did I mean to say “last” and not “fast”? Yes I did. This is what its like to be in last place. This is my life at what I can only hope is the bottom of the barrel.
The 2014 Sprint Cup season — my first full season in NASCAR's premier series — is under way and... it's not going go so well. Here's what happens when a life full of preparation meets the catch fence at 200 MPH.