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July 1, 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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Crain Communications, Inc
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about the cover

If you were to design a Porsche 911 for pure back-road enjoyment rather than the fastest time around your favorite track, it might look like the GT3 Touring. And if you want to feel the wind in your hair as you blitz your favorite stretch of tarmac, you would cut off the roof and end up with a car like the limited-edition Speedster. Robin Warner writes about both cars beginning on page 12. And they’re special cars indeed: Built from the bones of the outgoing 991 911, they pair a glorious 4.0-liter flat-six with a mandatory manual transmission. It’s an ideal combination for maximum driver satisfaction—and a reminder of just how good modern sports cars can be.…

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birds of a feather

It didn’t take long to notice I was being followed. Or paced, more like. It’s an occupational hazard. Spend more than a minute in anything bright, rare and fast—like the Jaguar F-Pace SVR wearing a coat of electric blue paint like a sheetmetal Cookie Monster (should he swallow a rod of uranium-235) and with an exhaust bark that telegraphs its 550-hp hot-rod heart a block away—and the stares, waves, questions or comments invariably follow. This particular admirer came in the form of a Chevrolet Tahoe, with massive custom rims and windows tinted so dark, in the overcast light it was difficult to detect where glass ended and gloss black paint began. The Tahoe shadowed me in the left lane from Plymouth Road, under the I-96 overpass, and nearly to Fenkell Avenue,…

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flat-out in the cream city

THIS MIGHT CATCH YOU OFF-GUARD, but Milwaukee is the hottest spot going right now in the custom motorcycle scene. It’s a scene stretching far beyond the living legacy of William Harley and the three Davidson brothers: Grottoes hidden away in once-abandoned factories and dusty warehouses that linger on the outskirts of the Miller Valley (as in the Miller Brewing Co.), transformed into thriving shops dedicated to repairing, restoring and building motorcycles of all types. And the shops have been busy. Two summers ago, I scratched out a $1,000 check for my second bike, a flat-black ’81 Honda CB650 that, well, sort of ran. After a five-year hiatus away from the handlebars, I was stoked to have the keys to another vintage cycle. But like any old machine, it demanded work—so it…

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european union

FOR AN AUTOMAKER that sold cars in the U.S. for almost a decade, evidence of DAF’s presence can be tough to find just over 50 years later. The Dutch marque, van Doorne Automobiel Fabriek, offered its cars in the heyday of small imports and boasted dozens of American dealers. Famous for its Variomatic continuously variable transmission, DAF rolled the dice when it entered the cutthroat U.S. market. This DAF 55, owned by John de Bruin, wasn’t one of the automaker’s bets. “The last DAF dealer (DeBrecht Motors in St. Louis) actually closed in 1972, even though they stopped importing in 1967,” de Bruin tells us. The 55, then, was never officially sold here; his U.K.-market 1970 coupe headed stateside much later, joining other cars in his Vermont-based DAF Museum and Research…

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market

2003 AUDI TT ROADSTER Bonhams Greenwich Concours d’ Elegance Auction Greenwich, Connecticut June 2, 2019 1,781cc DOHC four-cylinder engine; 180 hp at 5,500 rpm; six-speed automatic. Silver with black interior; black soft top; sold with a factory hardtop and stand. One owner, with fewer than 900 miles from new. No readily apparent scratches or paint issues, very clean interior, close to new throughout. Said to have recently had a major service and full detail. SOLD FOR $13,490 Starting with the premise that you can buy a worn-out, or at least well-used, Audi TT from the same year for around, say $5,000 to $6,000, why would you think it was a good idea to spend well over twice that for this TT? Well, for one thing, even though they are both the same car, they…

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secret recipe

IS THE 911 GT3 TOURING a Porsche Speedster coupe, or is the Speedster a GT3 Touring convertible? Depends on your perspective. Beyond the shared chassis—outgoing 991 underpinnings are also used here—and mechanicals, both are difficult to come by, though for different reasons. While the Speedster’s production run is limited, in the case of the GT3 Touring, production has just ended. Various dealerships have stock, however, which means the car is still available new. And it absolutely merits the room in your garage. Technically speaking, this is the Porsche 911 GT3 with the no-cost option Touring package selected, which deletes the fixed rear wing, mandates a six-speed manual transmission and costs at least $144,850. Touring models do look more aggressive than Speedsters—the front clip is still filled with scoops and splitters and…

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