“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.
Every once in a while, a new car comes along that every enthusiast is excited for. And while we may not be that excited by the Mini Cooper anymore, the story was way different when the car was redesigned in 2001. Let Peter Egan explain.
Peter Egan is a man of varied tastes. His vehicular pursuits make up a veritable cornucopia of cars and motorcycles. But there’s one car that he keeps coming back to: The Mazda Miata. Here’s why.
The days are getting shorter. The air will be a little crisper soon, if you live in a place in which this happens. There are hearty souls who will fetch the groceries in a blizzard in their Fiat 124s, but most of us start pickling our toys when the leaves turn. That’s not the way it has to be, says Peter Egan. Grab a…
“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 world was a weird place in early 1983. The weirdest part? Peter Egan wasn’t writing Side Glances for Road & Track yet. That all changed with the November 1983 issue and this, the first edition of the venerable column.