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February 25, 2019

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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… until it’s writ

ON THE COVER of this issue, there’s a picture of the famous Yarborough/Allison dustup that propelled NASCAR into the national consciousness. That story leads this issue because, for one thing, it’s a great story—even if you don’t care about NASCAR, racing, either Allison or Cale Yarborough, it’s still a moment that changed car culture.But it’s also under the spotlight because our guys took the time to get it from every conceivable angle. In an age where it’s increasingly difficult to find money for this kind of writing and reporting—where we wish we could print two or three more pages for it and another car review—they made the calls and did the in-person interviews so that you’d have something close to a definitive look at a moment where a few guys…

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about the cover

A case can be made—and we make it—that NASCAR’s brand of stock-car racing reached America’s sporting mainstream on Feb. 18, 1979. That day, the most talked-about fight on TV was not the WBA Junior Lightweight bout featuring Sammy Serrano and Julio Valdez on NBC. The bigger rhubarb, captured in our cover photo by Ric Feld of the Associated Press, was the free-for-all on CBS between Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison and Donnie Allison during the first live broadcast of the Daytona 500. Autoweek senior motorsports writer Al Pearce and contributor Mike Hembree tracked down several drivers who witnessed this defining moment in NASCAR history. Enjoy our story behind CBS’ winning gamble, starting on page 20. ■…

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why i love porsche

There I was, Nürburgring, 1980-something. My friend Dan and I were both working for a German publishing company in Frankfurt that had just purchased a car magazine. Through some bizarre cosmic hiccup, I became the editor and Dan became associate editor. We were in our 20s, with all of Europe spread out before us—Le Mans, Formula 1, the autobahn—and no adult supervision!And then our publisher, a kindly German man named Herr Beltz, introduced us to an even more amazing phenomenon: press cars.“You mean they just give them to you?”Yes, turns out they do. Some do. Not all of them. Volkswagen, for instance, actually hung up on me, if I recall correctly. Mercedes, too, but only after stating offhandedly that they had thrown the magazines I’d sent them into the trash…

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left-field choice

IMAGINE THE PARKING LOT at a General Motors tech facility. Remember, every person on that campus gets both an employee discount and, almost as importantly, access to the GM product-only parking spaces. If you’re a gambler, it’d be safe to bet that Bill Treib, a driveline engineer, would own something sensible—you know, a Cadillac CTS-V or a Corvette ZR1—but that’s a bet you’d lose.No, Treib went way, way off-brand when looking for a new ride, and no, we’re not talking about Ford. Hell, he didn’t even seek out an Alfa or a Porsche.He bought a 1976 Lada 2101.For Treib, that isn’t quite as odd as it sounds; he also has a 1988 Trabant 601. “I wanted to experience what it was like to claw my way up the proletariat social…

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1988 ferrari testarossa

(BONHAMS)Black over beige leather, five-speed, 4,942cc DOHC flat 12-cylinder engine, Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection. Ferrari Classiche certified, clean Carfax. The all-important major service was just done. Just a little under 20,000 miles recorded; better than good paint; let’s give it a very good. The interior shows a bit of use and wear, but still very nice. Very original look underhood, clean but not overly detailed. A sparingly used driver, well presented.A quick trip in the Wayback Machine, say, to 2005, would find you in a world where the Ferrari Testarossa was routinely dismissed for its styling. Things are different in 2019, and the Testarossa is not only considered an up-and-coming collectible, it is also sought after for what is now considered its “iconic” 1980s design.SOLD AT $86,800A few problems remain,…

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middle ground

THE PORSCHE PANAMERA FAMILY is one defined by its expansiveness. Somewhere in the model’s lineup, there’s certainly a Panamera for you. For 2019, the Gran Turismo Sport, or GTS, name returns to the Panamera in both sedan and Sport Turismo (wagon) forms. The GTS wedges itself above the base Panamera, 4 and 4S models, but beneath the Turbo and Turbo S. The differentiation begins under the hood. The 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V8 from the first-generation Panamera GTS has been replaced by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, just like the Turbo models. Turbos in the GTS models, however, spool boost pressure up to just 11.6 pounds per square inch, not 18.9. This engine uses an aluminum block and heads, with an iron lining around each cylinder to help with wear and friction.…