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Autoweek 12/03/2018

Autoweek tells the stories from every corner of a vibrant car culture. From the historic to the cutting edge, from the glitzy to the grassroots, Autoweek documents the people, events and machines that spark the interests of car people all over the world. Get unbiased reviews on the newest models, keep up with the hottest trends and innovations in automotive design and performance, and even the collector lifestyle. For over 57 years, Autoweek has also been trackside, covering every form of motorsports. Each issue contains driver and team features and interviews, racing coverage from all major series and in-depth analysis from expert reporters. Every other week, Autoweek will inspire and inform you with insightful articles and amazing photography.

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24 Issues


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making an exception

YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED we’ve fallen out of the habit of doing stories on rich guys and their car-stuffed warehouses. There’s nothing wrong with those stories, but over the course of the last little while, we’ve tried to focus more on working shops, historically significant places and the garages and cars that we, as average enthusiasts, can relate to. But we were recently invited to check out Ralph Lauren’s collection, which is unusual, and we figured some of our readers wouldn’t mind getting a look inside. Graham went and, as usual, he came back with a great story and some beautiful photos from Adam Lerner. If you prefer your Champagne sprayed from a podium, this issue also has the last major motorsports championships of 2018: NHRA, NASCAR, Trans Am and WRC. Oh yeah,…

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about the cover

Ralph Lauren is a man who needs no introduction: His love of cars is almost as well-known as his signature clothing lines. But few get to see the place where the designer stashes his automotive treasures—when he isn’t out driving them. We counted on photographer Adam Lerner to capture the seldom-seen interior of Lauren’s collection. He returned with enough incredible images to fill a book. Lauren’s 1929 Blower Bentley, featured prominently on the cover, is a perfect encapsulation of the collection: imposing and extraordinary when taken as a whole, but made up of seemingly endless details that reward careful examination. Get a taste of what’s on display, and learn a bit about the man behind Polo, beginning on page 10.…

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it’s hershey, where time stands still

I just attended the huge Antique Automobile Club of America Fall National Meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania. For me, the difference between Hershey and Pebble Beach is this: I enjoy seeing Duesenbergs and Ferraris, but they never played any role in my childhood. So to go to Hershey and see a perfect ’65 four-door Dodge Coronet or a ’41 Plymouth business coupe—just regular cars around when I was a kid—is a lot of fun. When I grew up in New England, any car with less than four doors might as well have been a Ferrari. In high school, my friend Mark’s dad bought a ’63 Chevy Impala Sport Coupe with a 327-cid V8. Unbelievable. We had a four-door station wagon. They had a cool Impala. It was fun to see those kinds…

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revved up

“RANK AND FILE,” COMPETITION PRESS, STEVEN COLE SMITH, OCT. 22 What a convoluted system (IMSA WeatherTech) to organize a race series! I enjoy sports car racing, especially the GTLM class, but rarely watch it since the mix with (very similar) GTD cars becomes difficult to follow. The public doesn’t care about driver categories as long as they are qualified to be safe. If necessary, use an “AM” or “R” designation on the rear like other series to alert drivers of the skill level of those that buy rides. If IMSA wants multiple classes of cars, run them separately just as a Formula 2 race is run separately from a Formula 1 race. Please, KEEP IT SIMPLE. —PETER MADISON PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY “NASCAR HALL OF FAME DRIVER DAVID PEARSON DIES AT 83,” NOV. 13,…

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the man & his cars

WHAT REALLY grabs your attention, as the big white door rolls aside deliberately, is the McLaren F1 LM parked on a slim white pedestal against the opposite wall. This is not just one of the finest driver’s cars ever conceived—it is perhaps the superlative form of one of the finest driver’s cars ever conceived, a road-legal interpretation of the Le Mans-winning McLaren F1 GTR. It is one of just five built (six, if you count the prototype) as tribute to McLaren’s improbable 1995 victory at the Circuit de la Sarthe, complete with a screaming V12 and straight-cut gears. Gordon Murray himself deemed this incarnation the “most memorable” of all F1s. Which has to count for something. And there it is, just a few yards in front of you, ready to be…

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all the love, none of the hassle

BUILDING CARS ISN’T EASY. So excuse Florida-based Revology Cars if its brand-new, built-from-the-ground-up 1966, ’67 and ’68 Mustang replicas, equipped with modern technologies, exhibit a few rattles here and there. Furthermore, it’s OK the brakes feel just a little weird sometimes. After you drive the inspiration, a 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, Revology’s strengths become crystal clear. I don’t want to say the original is terrible, but compared to Revology’s near-perfect modernized creations, it’s basically undrivable. By modern standards, the ’67 GT500 is not fast. It doesn’t stop well, either. Slamming the brakes sent us spinning wildly down a makeshift drag strip. The Revology’s four-wheel disc setup feels like a modern Honda Accord. Steering accuracy? There is none. And don’t get me started on bias-ply tires. That any of you old…