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Road & Track June/July 2021

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
found object

In November 1978, six Jeeps set out from Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost part of South America, on a 20,000-mile trek to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The 122-day adventure, called the Expedicion de Las Americas, was a grueling drive through every climate and all sorts of terrain, including the uncharted Central American jungle known as the Darién Gap. This Jeep, owned by Chris Collard, made the journey. “Few vehicles have crossed the Gap successfully,” Collard says. Since its trip north, it returned to South America and eventually landed in San Diego, where Collard found it on Craigslist. The Jeep has 69,000 miles, and he has no plans to restore it cosmetically. “I’m going to do a sheet-metal-down mechanical restoration,” Collard says. Good. This is the sort of found treasure that should…

5 min
behind the barn door

REPORTS OF UNCONSCIONABLY valuable vehicles—Bugattis, Ferraris, Delahayes, Lamborghinis—found stuffed into barns by former owners, heaped over with decades of hay and decay, pop up with some regularity in automotive media. Such stories even tend to make the leap into the mainstream press, containing as they do a compelling core message. “It’s thrilling. It’s the search for buried treasure. Who doesn’t love that?” says Miles Collier, the collector behind the Collier Collection in Florida, endower of the Revs Institute for the study of the automobile in culture, and author of the forthcoming book The Archaeological Automobile. “It goes back to the Sleeping Beauty legend. There she is, after all these years, magically entombed, requiring only the kiss of the conservators and maybe a tiny bit of restoration to be this magnificent thing…

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1 min
the road to nowhere

06:55 We sent photographer Reuben Wu into the desert with a new Ford Bronco prototype and a simple mission: Bring back a reminder of the beauty of getting lost. 10:34 Life hardly lets us stray, almost every moment accounted for long before we wake. No wonder we’re drawn to unfamiliar vistas. We aimed the Bronco at the edge of the Mojave. 18:23 Early 4x4s were army brats—dutiful, close-cropped. The first Bronco made off-roading an act of joy. A ramble, not a march. Retro design can be a rickety crutch, but the new Bronco feels warm and familiar. 20:02 We work so hard chasing comfort, we miss a thousand pleasures: the prickle of dust on our skin, the smell of sunbaked stone, the first cool breeze as daylight wanes. Roof and doors gone, the Bronco envelops us in…

2 min

Britain’s automotive values transformed after World War II. Luxury sedans, once its premier offering, were no longer in demand. The country needed something new, something rugged to help it get back on its feet. Rover, traditionally a luxury-car company, had the solution. The vision was a vehicle that could literally rove the land. In 1947, the company built a prototype based on a Willys Jeep. It had a central driver’s position and not an ounce of thought given to comfort. The production version that debuted in 1948 reverted to a conventional driver’s position, but otherwise hewed closely to the prototype’s model of postwar austerity. That initial Land Rover was a donkey in vehicular form, a tractor with a license plate. There was no pretense about it. And it was a massive hit. Almost…

15 min
the dot and the map

in January 2001, I set off cross-country in a blue Jetta with a companion and an in-dash CD player, with a milk crate buckled in the back seat. Before leaving, I’d stopped by the local AAA office and asked for the works—not just a map of every state, but the accompanying TourBook, AAA’s ad-filled guide with tissue-thin pages of hotel listings and fall foliage photos. Each afternoon, we’d reach into the milk crate for the next state’s edition and start calling ahead, looking for a place to spend the night. ¶ This was cutting-edge stuff. My flip phone had 500 nationwide minutes, and I was happy to use them. The TourBooks had little inset maps for the busier interstate exits, with each hotel marked with a black diamond. To locate…