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Road & Track August 2015

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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1 min.
supercar blueprints

1986 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH The supercar. Born of the Sixties, reared in the Seventies. But it wasn’t until the Eighties, an era defined by indulging excess simply for excess’ sake, that a blueprint for the modern supercar emerged. It called for more. Louder pipes. Fatter tires. Bigger wings. Here, we celebrate Eighties landmarks from Porsche, Ferrari, and, of course, Lamborghini, with archival cutaway drawings. The Countach 5000 QV is an archetype: four-valve V-12, six-figure sticker price, styling like a Grumman Autobot. Three decades later, the Aventador SV doesn’t stray far. Good, we say. Life needs cooler doors, more alarming sensations. We need more Countachs and F40s and 959s, exotica capable of setting the world on fire. Because anything less is just a car. AVENTADOR LP 750-4 SUPERVELOCE FIRST DRIVE, PAGE 46 1986 PORSCHE 959 Motorsport…

4 min.

Dear R&T, The cover of the Motorsport Issue proves that the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003 [“The Throwback”] is clearly the next Batmobile. Note the shape of the nose, fender fins, and, well, everything else. Paint it black, put on the winged Dark Knight emblem, and it’s ready to destroy some bad guys. EUGENE A. SCANLAN, SECHELT, BRITISH COLUMBIA I can sympathize with Mr. Glickenhaus’s pain: being born into a wealthy family, having to endure uncomfortable exotics the past four decades, and not having a dependable supercar for commuting. Thankfully, for $2.4 million, we can all work on the one he’s built with our Craftsman tools. PAUL M. BACA ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO ADDITION BY SUBTRACTION I applaud the methodical and scrupulous way Jack Baruth wrote about the new Mazda MX-5 Miata [“Master Class”]. His prose had me…

2 min.
editor’s letter

THE FIRST TIME I TESTED A LAMBORGHINI was 15 years ago, when I was the low man on Car and Driver’s tall totem pole. The top of the shifter broke off going into fourth at 120 mph. I had to affix a pair of Vise-Grips to get home from the track. That followed a Ferrari Testarossa modified with twin turbos that ate drive belts before it drained the gas tank. Only now, thanks to hindsight, do I understand how a junior staffer nabbed such seemingly plum assignments: The senior guys knew what was coming and ran. In the years since, those automotive peacocks have morphed from showpieces to bona fide sports cars. I was reminded of this during a track day at Mid-Ohio last month, when a succession of exotics whizzed…

4 min.
rules and brooks

WHEN I HEARD DENISE McCLUGGAGE had died, it was 8:45 p.m. on a Wednesday in May. Thanks to the vagaries of magazine publishing, these words, written that night, won’t see print for weeks. You’re not supposed to do this now, with the immediacy of the Internet. But Denise was a fan of doing things you’re not supposed to. So there. If you Google her, you find endless shots of a petite woman with short hair, laughing. Mostly surrounded by sports cars. A Porsche 550 at Montgomery in 1957. A Lotus Eleven in Nassau in ’58. In a single-piece blue driving suit, bright Kodachrome, talking to an impossibly young Stirling Moss. Born in Kansas, her first real job was at the San Francisco Chronicle in the 1950s, but she didn’t hit her stride…

4 min.
veyron killed it

THE BUGATTI VEYRON is the only Fastest Car Ever to be welcomed by enthusiasts with a loud, wet raspberry. It’s too heavy, Internet trolls said. It’s not pretty enough, armchair aesthetes complained. It’s too expensive, everybody whined. Haters gonna hate, but as usual, they were hatin’ on what they didn’t understand. And certainly couldn’t afford. McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray was a hater, too, at least until he drove a $1.5 million Veyron for the January 2006 issue of R&T. Then he seemed to understand the philosophical significance of the car. “I have always felt a little responsible for starting this lunatic chase for top speed with the McLaren F1,” he wrote, “and the Bugatti Veyron should put an end to this nonsense.” He was right. Bugatti closed the door on the…

7 min.
morgan mission

EVEN BEFORE MY WIFE BARB and I visited the Morgan factory in England last year, I knew it was probably a bad idea to go there. I’ve always been drawn to Morgans but had never owned one and feared that as soon as I got into that charming, old red-brick Malvern factory, surrounded by the smell of wood and leather and glue, I’d emerge with an expensive case of Morgan fever. And so I did. The factory gift shop didn’t help much, either. I loaded up on Morgan trinkets and posters, and when we flew home, I boarded the plane wearing a dark-blue commando-style sweater that had a discreet Morgan label sewn into its dense woolen fabric. It seems you need a warm sweater when driving a Morgan. And when you buy the…