“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.” »
Patrick Bedard, golden-age automotive journalist, perhaps put it best: Those left-lane hogs puttering along in the left lane, well below the speed limit, backing up traffic for miles behind them? They’re members of “The Anti-Destination League.” And they have an uncanny love for cute-ute crossovers. »
Marc Miller is nearly ready for his first appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The American racer has been hard at work preparing to co-drive the No. 53 Dodge Viper GT3-R at this weekend’s 83rd running of the legendary endurance race. Along the way, Miller has learned some important, and unusual, tricks to success… »
At first glance, this 1956 video is just a great find for racing fans: Mike Hawthorn, narrating a lap around Le Mans, a camera on his Jaguar D-Type giving us driver’s-eye view. It’s fantastic to watch—but it holds subtle references to the deadliest day in motorsports history, which unfolded 60 years ago this month. »
Dirk Vanzuuk is a road racer, Mad Max devotee, and the proud owner of a gorgeous ‘69 Camaro. A cancer diagnoses threatened to black-flag Dirk for good. But the man, the machine, and the movie all came together to hurtle Dirk down what we can only describe as the Fury Road to Recovery. »
My favorite moment of the Mad Men finale, and probably of the show in its entirety, was over within the first minute of last night’s episode. It was the perfect farewell to the Don Draper that went unnoticed by most, but that you and I knew as a member of our family: Don Draper, the secret gearhead.
The BMW N63 is a juggernaut of an engine. The hot-inside-vee twin-turbo V8 powers such notables as the 750i and, in M-tuned form, the M5 and M6. It’s a technological marvel, going to crazy lengths in the pursuit of both horsepower and efficiency. And it absolutely destroys batteries.
They put my name on it. S-A-M and S-M-I-T-H on the side windows, next to a small American flag. When the pictures hit my email, a few months before the race, they triggered a sort of coming to grips. An internal conversation began looping in my head: »
BARCELONA, SPAIN — Five lugs good, four lugs better! The first two generations of Mazda MX-5 (nee Miata) made do with four wheel lugs in classic small-car fashion, but the bulkier third-generation car and its seventeen-inch rolling stock required the addition of a fifth. When early photos of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata… »
If you lived through the '80s and '90s, you know there was no escaping the legend of the SSP Mustang. Maybe your uncle had his doors blown off by a Florida State Trooper in a five-liter, or your dad got popped in his Porsche by the California Highway Patrol in a four-eye. Spotting one lurking in the in the tall weeds… »
If you were at all car-aware in the 1990s and 2000s, Acura was squarely on your radar. From the brand's first Legends, to the iconic Integra, to the follow-up RSX and the halo-status NSX, Acura's lineup always included something for the gearheads among us, complete with honest-to-goodness manual transmissions. »
I never bought comic books. I wasn't too much into Cowyboys and Indians, though I did have horses and was a pretty good rider. I didn't play football. But I scraped every nickel I had together to buy the latest Car and Driver, Road and Track, and other car magazines. I'm not sure why, my Dad liked cars, but it drove… »
Long before Photoshop and Illustrator and all of the many powerful photo manipulation, illustration, and layout software we have today was available, people publishing magazines had two choices: look like crap or have lots of talent. And there were plenty of examples of both. But today I'd like to focus on just one… »
When Hearst bought Car And Driver and Road & Track it became clear that at some point the be-ampersanded buff books would have to be streamlined to make more money for the company. Then, earlier this year, they announced the plan was to move the California-based R&T to Ann Arbor to be closer to its bros. That was only… »