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Automobile May 2019

Automobile is an award-winning automotive publication that captures the passion and experience of driving great cars. Featuring engaging writing and stunning photography, Automobile transports readers with each and every issue. Discover a well-rounded editorial mix focused on design, technology, automotive art, vintage cars, and industry trends.

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12 Numéros


4 min.
miss america? we do

WHERE HAVE ALL the great American cars gone? It was a question we pondered at length as we were finalizing our list of vehicles to ask along to our annual All-Stars shootout, coverage of which begins on page 34. Out of this year’s All-Stars field, only two of the 24 vehicles on hand—the Lincoln Navigator and the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1—were domestic branded products. One is a leviathan of a flagship SUV that will see limited sales, the other is the ultimate expression of the seventh-generation ’Vette. Although both proved worthy contenders, we fully expected them to be, given their respective missions. It was roughly the same scenario in 2018. Only the Ford GT and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE made it out to the event, with the GT snaring an All-Stars award.…

10 min.
fishing for peace

BOBBY ALLISON’S CASTS look like outtakes from Bassmaster magazine: long, glittering threads that land in the water with barely a ripple. Then he hands me the rod. My first two throws fall short, then the third floats out in a lazy arc that looks promising—until it hooks itself around the dock and gets more tangled up than a multicar wreck on a superspeedway’s back stretch. Even the fish look embarrassed. “The right guy or gal could teach you to cast one of these things properly,” Allison says. Then he smiles, and with meaningful emphasis on the second word, adds, “After you untangle it a few times, you’ll catch on better.” There are two Bobby Allisons. There’s the one who traded paint with Richard Petty on a weekly basis for almost 30 years,…

6 min.
a walk among the stars

YESTERDAY I CROSSED the street to visit Marilyn Monroe. The platinum-haired beauty wasn’t much of a car enthusiast—the only automobile she’s said to have ever owned was a 1956 Ford T-bird she received as a Christmas gift—but she did appear in the 1950 John Huston movie “The Asphalt Jungle,” the title of which I appropriated for the monthly column I’ve been writing for roughly 15 years now. So she’s in my “club.” Playboy founder Hugh Hefner lies immediately to Marilyn’s left, having long ago purchased the marble crypt so he could be assured of sleeping forever next to the star whose photograph became his magazine’s first-ever centerfold. Hugh was a car enthusiast; he especially loved German metal. Among his wheels: a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman limo, a 1959 300SL roadster, and…

4 min.
mechanic in training

SOME OF YOU may remember my sweet firstborn son, Ike, from the time when he was 9 and got his 7-year-old sister, Ellie, banned for life from the online game “Club Penguin.” That was because he directed her penguin to approach another child’s and, instead of having it extend the expected friendly greeting, had it tell the stranger’s penguin to go [commit an anatomically impossible act with] itself. Those were the days. Later on, it emerged Ike did not share his dad’s enthusiasm for automobiles. “That’d be fine for me,” he would say, pointing to a banged-up 11-year-old Mitsubishi Mirage we’d driven past. It led me to wonder whether he was playing his parents in some kind of indecipherable, long-range grift, or if he truly didn’t care about cars. That he…

7 min.
ultimate realization

FROM SUBSCRIPTIONS to newsstands to waiting rooms, I’ve been a longtime reader of a certain other well-known car magazine, taking every opportunity to read its current and past issues—the comfort of the familiar being the paramount reason. That is, until I picked up, just by happenstance, an issue of Automobile. This magazine is exactly what I was looking for in that other one, and the answer to a lot of other readers’ gripes about it in its letters to the editor. Automobile, I’m home. RICK MASSEY Milwaukee, Wisconsin NO BORING CARS! I’ve been reading since your first issue, so let me make a comment. I just finished your January 2019 issue, and parts were great and other parts were just meh. You have this saying, “No boring cars.” Well, for me, a boring car…

10 min.
by design

2020 TOYOTA SUPRA 1 Front 3/4 View LET ME QUOTE something I wrote back in 2014 about the car that would become the precursor to Toyota’s new Supra—the FT-1 concept: “In many ways, this car is a mess. An intriguing and attractive mess, yes, but a mess all the same. Lines don’t flow very well, details don’t really work, there are conflicting lines and surfaces, and there’s no coherent mechanical plan behind the non-running concept car seen in Detroit [at the 2014 auto show]. But go back to the 50 words in the preceding and note the one that counts: attractive.” For all its oddities and awkwardness, the FT-1’s styling exercise appealed to a wide range of observers, including the most important one, Akio Toyoda, the CEO of Toyota who pushed the concept to…