Road & Track Mar/Apr 2019

Road & Track includes technical features on automotive subjects, wide-ranging feature stories, spectacular automotive art and standard-setting new-car photography, humor, fiction, travel stories, book reviews and the most comprehensive racing coverage offered by a monthly magazine.Bonus: iPad Interactive

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in this issue

2 min
go wheelin’ and dealin’

GO WITH FRIENDS Smart swappers bring a cart—and a crew. The Pomona Swap Meet is as much about the tailgate party as it is about the sales. The owners of this 1985 Chevrolet C10 (bottom right) came out in force with family and canine companion for a day of grilling, beers, and socializing. “If the truck sells, that’s a bonus,” said seller Adrian Galindo. “If not, I’ll just drive it till next month and try again.” GO WITH CASH The fantasy of every parts meet is finding the rare supercharger intake for your vintage dragster or a new project car. There are vendors who specialize in every aspect of restoration and hop-up, from straightened and rechromed bumpers (top left) to new-old-stock lightbulbs (center right). “I also do windshield installation,” said Kenny, seller of…

4 min

DEAR R&T, SOME QUICK THOUGHTS ON JACK BARUTH’S “SPEED SHIFT” [NOVEMBER]: WHILE THE CAMARO MAY BE THE NEW M CAR FOR THE TRACK, THERE IS NO WAY IT’LL COMPARE WITH THE BMW M2 AS AN ALL-ROUNDER. MAYBE IT WORKS IN CALIFORNIA, BUT NOT ON THE ROUGH ROADS MOST OF US ENDURE. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. I REALLY ENJOYED THE READ! CHRIS TUCKER, VIA EMAIL I appreciated and enjoyed the analysis of the M2 Competition and Camaro SS 1LE. I noticed the lack of pictures of the Camaro’s interior, one of my least favorite components of that rig. During a recent test drive of a 1LE, I loved the improved performance and handling but couldn’t consider spending money to have to view the oddly designed interior. BMW definitely has the edge in that…

2 min
editor’s letter

MY EARLIEST MEMORIES of cars as a child are strangely not of the vehicles themselves, but their nameplates. I’m not sure if it was because I was only tall enough to see the grille badges and hubcaps of my family’s cars, but it wasn’t until a few years later that I fully grasped what early glimpses of Z/28, Hurst/Olds, 240Z, or Carrera really meant. Fast-forward a few more years, and suddenly models with badges like Alfetta GT, GTI, M3, and RS America took on a whole new significance. They were attached to real cars that I drove or owned, cars that forever shaped my love of the automobile. Few badges in the automotive world possess the history or significance of Porsche’s 911. Anytime Zuffenhausen introduces a new generation, the enthusiast world…

5 min
throne of games

THE MOMENT I REALIZED where I was, I knew where I was. Maybe that sounds a little too Yogi Berra. The New York Yankees catcher famous for malaprops. As far as I’m concerned, the man’s language changed baseball. (Brief pause for my favorite Yogi quote: “We made too many wrong mistakes.” Second favorite: “Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel.”) Granted, I know nothing about baseball. Or most sports. I once read Denise McCluggage’s The Centered Skier, about the Zen side of a controlled fall down a hill, but only because Denise wrote like an angel and won Sebring in a Ferrari. Amazing human. I am a hopeless sucker for both her writing and the idea of falling down a hill. The latter is likely rooted in sympathy,…

9 min
eighth wonder

THEY’RE ALL LINED UP. First, a tidy brown’67 coupe, tiptoeing on skinny tires. Then a G-body car from the Seventies, frog-faced and wider than the last. The 964 beside it, broader still, is all eggplant-purple hips and Nineties optimism. The conga line continues: 993, 996, 997, and 991 generations. Finally, the new one, eighth in line: the 2020 Porsche 911, code-named 992. Porsche does this often at events, placing the old guard by the new. Because staring down the row of coupes conjures nostalgia and draws visual parallels—the original shape, swelling from 1963 on. Also because old 911s are dripping in cachet, and Porsche knows it. But today, queued in the pits at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, the lineup has the opposite intended effect—rather than conveying a cohesive whole,…

14 min
proper cool

IT WAS RAINING. Bucketing, really, in an urgent, permanent way, water smashing the window of MZR Roadsports in gray handfuls. Everyone in the office regarded the downpour pensively. Yes, it was Yorkshire; yes, it had been forecast; yes, this was English weather. But I had flown 3000 miles to experience one of Rahail Tariq’s super Datsuns, and the cars, thoroughbreds that they are, are not permitted outside the stable in inclement weather. “There’s just a common kind of joke,” Tariq said, “where they say the Datsun 240Z would rust on the forecourt of the Datsun dealership before it even got sold, you know?” Tariq, 45, is self-deprecating, expansive, immediate. His enthusiasm is of the collaborative sort, hoping for mirrored participation from the class. He’s passionate about the Datsuns he restores. Restores? Reinvents. The…