Road & Track October 2017

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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Dear R&T, I have been a subscriber for some 30 years, and I love your magazine. I remember the 1987 article about Alois Ruf’s “Yellow Bird” as if it was yesterday. Now I’m retired and have the time to read a lot of car magazines, and I am pleased to make the following statement: The 70th-anniversary special issue for July 2017 is a masterpiece. Sign me up for another 30 years. LEIF LINDBLOM, SCITUATE, MASSACHUSETTS I am looking over the archival photos in your 70th-anniversary issue and thinking that I wouldn’t know any of the people and machines pictured if it weren’t for publications like R&T and movies like Grand Prix. In your photo of Jim Clark [Go, page 9], I notice Jim Hall and his wife in the background. The man with…

2 min
editor’s letter

EVEN WHEN YOU WORK FOR A CAR MAGAZINE, you still find yourself looking for opportunities to squeeze in extra seat time. That’s why a few of us recently drove across Michigan for an evening of hot lapping at GingerMan Raceway, outside the small lakeside town of South Haven. These test-and-tune sessions, put on by the track’s management and held once per month during summer, typically attract a diverse cast of cars and characters, with participants ranging from local track rats to wide-eyed novices. All are there to have a good time, challenge themselves, and, ideally, come away with a better appreciation for their cars and how to drive them. This particular night was no different. Pitted next to us was a trio of friendly, enthusiastic Civic and Integra guys, clearly track…

5 min
unfamiliar familiar

EVERYONE TELLS YOU about the freedom. The feeling of flight. They do not tell you how your brain grows equally preoccupied with primal glee and the fragility of the human tibia. Or how skintight bike leathers feel a lot like a full-body condom. Because I am a dork, I asked if there was a trick to putting on the leathers. “It’s not difficult,” Mark Hoyer said, shrugging. “Like a onesie.” Hoyer is the editor-in-chief of Cycle World. Droll guy, with varied interests. In addition to running a bike magazine, he’s a volunteer firefighter who drinks rye and owns a Jaguar E-type, which essentially makes him Smith’s Model Human. This summer, at California’s Thunderhill Raceway, his employer hosted an event called Track Day Shootout. Manufacturers demonstrated safety gear. Instruction was provided by a Los…

14 min
the great escape

ASK ANYBODY WHO REALLY KNOWS HORSES: If you want to ride a thoroughbred, be prepared for anything. The best of them are hot, with vicious tempers. The worst will draw blood—like the notorious “Beau Monde,” who, according to one witness, “killed a horse on a flight, bit someone’s thumb off, broke a hot-walker’s arm in three places . . . and bit me in the chest so hard that I could feel the blood running down my shirt.” Perhaps this explains why the Solarbeam yellow Mercedes- AMG GT C convertible we picked up in Stuttgart decided to give photographer Richard Pardon a bit of a warning bite on the A7 autobahn from Ulm to Kempten. Pardon had dropped the top and given it the proverbial spurs, leaving the 911 Carrera GTS…

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day of thunder

IT’S REALLY INTERESTING, HE said, how those guys drove the cars, before they learned. When NASCAR was mostly good ol’ boys drug up from dirt tracks, not polished kids born in karts. The old guys ran road courses like they ran ovals—using the corners to slow the car, backing it in like a bootlegger, then gathering up the wheel, arms and elbows, before tear-assing to the next turn and doing it all again. Amazing car control, he said. And it makes sense: What would you expect from a group of dudes who see a green flag every week? Who catch 200-mph slides as often as some people go to the grocery? Boris Said paused for a moment, looking at the car, in the paddock at Road America. He flashed a grin. “Plus, these…