“I’ve often thought that if cars had just been invented yesterday, and the inventor proposed that they should travel at 55-65 mph in opposite directions on 24-foot-wide roads [...] we would judge that inventor insane.” Thus wrote Peter Egan, in a somber 1998 column you simply must read.
Back in the March, 1998 issue of Road & Track, the ever-influential Peter Egan presented a quiz called “Does Your Car Have Character?” A lot has changed since 1998, so Jack Baruth updated the quiz for modern motorheads. Here’s the definitive answer, for 2015, as to whether your daily driver has street cred.
“Yours truly, the car medic who can detect a pulse when all others see only bleached bones with arrows through an empty rib cage out on the lonely prairie.” That’s how Peter Egan describes himself in this Side Glances column, “Girding Oneself for Battle With the Restorable Car.”
The Lotus Elan can be considered the father of the modern roadster. But why is it still so special? Peter Egan can fill you in.
One good thing you can say about the Midwestern bank robbers of the Great American Crime Wave of 1933 and 1934 is that they loved to drive.
The October 2013 issue of Road & Track is momentous in a way. It is home to Peter Egan's final monthly Side Glances column. Peter wants to slow things down a bit, and he's not leaving us. He remains our editor-at-large and he'll contribute features to the mag. But his monthly visits—those columns that, for the last…