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Automobile November 2018

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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motor trend

SCHEDULE KEY: RACING | ORIGINAL PROGRAMS SEP 21 Auto Mundial Motorsport Mundial SEP 22 LIVE! DTM Championship, Spielberg LIVE! European Le Mans Series - Qualifying, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium LIVE! FIA Formula 3 Championship, Spielberg LIVE! Michelin Le Mans Cup - Race 1, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium SEP 23 LIVE! European Le Mans Series, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium LIVE! Michelin Le Mans Cup - Race 2, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium SEP 24 HOT ROD Garage, Ep. 68 SEP 26 Head 2 Head, Ep. 107 SEP 28 Auto Mundial Motorsport Mundial SEP 30 LIVE! Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, Barcelona, Spain OCT 1 Roadkill, Ep. 84 OCT 3 FIA World Rallycross, USA Mobil 1 The Grid, Program 17 OCT 3 Put Up or Shut Up, Ep. 10 OCT 4 British Touring Car Championship, Silverstone OCT 5 Auto Mundial Motorsport Mundial OCT 6 LIVE! Virgin Australia Supercars, Bathurst OCT 7 LIVE! Virgin Australia Supercars, Bathurst OCT 8 Roadkill Garage, Ep. 36 OCT 10 Engine Masters, Ep. 40 OCT 12 Auto Mundial Motorsport Mundial OCT 13 LIVE! 24H GT Series/24H Touring Car Endurance…

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making a record

AS THE OLD saying goes, records are made to be broken. But you gotta make them before anyone can break them. That’s part of the reason why I’m riding shotgun in a specially prepped Subaru WRX STI during a pouring rainstorm on Romania’s National Road 7C, aka the Transfagarasan, a serpentine stretch of pavement in south-central Romania that has captivated the imagination of automotive enthusiasts the world over. So much so that Subaru decided it was well past due for someone to lay down a record time. I await my turn to be tossed about in this STI’s newly installed passenger seat, on the slithering path up the mountain with veteran rally ace Mark Higgins at the controls. The weather has been pure garbage ever since the Time Attack Romania (Subaru’s name…

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’ring shattered

“TO ME, STEFAN BELLOF REMAINS A GIANT. TODAY MY RESPECT FOR HIS ACHIEVEMENT WITH THE TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE BACK THEN INCREASED EVEN MORE.” THE WORLD’S MOST notorious racetrack was already 41 years old when, in 1968, Jackie Stewart referred to it as “the green hell” immediately after winning the Formula 1 German Grand Prix. Stewart had to battle not only the track, treacherous in the best conditions, and 19 other drivers, including pole sitter Jacky Ickx, but also severe rain and fog. It was, Stewart said much later, the toughest of his 27 F1 wins. Fittingly, it was also the race where driver Dan Gurney decided it might be a good time to introduce the full-face helmet to F1. That’s the sort of place the Nürburgring was and is: glorious, miserable, so tough…

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never a doubt

STEFAN BELLOF WAS never better—and never worse—than when he had something to prove. And Bellof always had something to prove, even if it was just a minor personal point, created from whole cloth to maximize motivation. Raw talent (emphasis on “raw”) allowed the German to drive on the knife’s edge, lap after lap. Luck, or the lack of it, determined whether he stayed on that edge or fell off to one side. On May 28, 1983, a lucky Bellof qualified his Porsche 956 at the Nürburgring Nordschleife track in Germany for the ADAC Nürburgring 1000 km. In traffic, on older tires, and with a nearly full tank of fuel, Bellof ran a lap of 6 minutes, 11.13 seconds at an average speed of 202.053 kph (125.550 mph). Jaws dropped, and stopwatches were…

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bird droppings

NOT SINCE ALFRED Hitchcock’s “The Birds” has an infestation been so fowl. The offenders are marketed by various brands—Bird, Lime, Spin—but essentially they’re the same: dockless, stand-up electric scooters that can be rented, via smartphone app, for as little as $1, plus 15 cents per minute. Seemingly overnight, they’ve descended upon metro areas from San Francisco to Minneapolis to Washington, D.C. But the plague may well be at its worst where I live in West Los Angeles. From Santa Monica to Westwood, you can’t walk so much as one block without ducking a swooping Bird. Come to L.A., and you’ll see them: dorks whizzing to and fro on their skinny scooters at speeds up to 15 mph. Almost all the riders are teens and 20-somethings (legally, you must have a driver’s…

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casualities of war

EARLY LAST YEAR, two uniquely American self-proclaimed super patriots met at a much-publicized White House event for a good-natured discussion of U.S. trade policy. In this corner: Donald Trump, the fast-talking, hard-nosed businessman and president of the United States. In the other: rough and ready Harley-Davidson, maker of the quintessential American motorcycle and one of the world’s most iconic brands. Its message, emblazoned on the company’s Facebook page: “115 Years of Freedom.” In remarks during the ceremony held shortly after his inauguration, the president was effusive in his praise of the venerable Wisconsin firm: “What a great, great group of people, and what a fantastic job you do.” Now the Trump and Harley brands are back in the news, together again, only this time because—just like in reality TV—now they’re at war, with…