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Road & Track July 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.
the best off-road trips in america

Road & Track has partnered with Ford to bring you The Code, a new editorial program inspired by the all-new 2015 Ford F-150, and the men who drive them. From the skills every man should have and the latest in gear to smart news and entertainment, The Code brings the spirit of “Built Ford Tough” to life. Though cruising the Pacific Coast Highway with the top down may be the most iconic way to celebrate the summer driving season, heading off-road is a fun, alternative way to experience some of the country’s most scenic landscapes on four-wheels. From the red rock beauty of Moab, Utah’s high desert and the challenging steeps of Southern Colorado to Upstate New York’s rugged trails and Eastern Oregon’s Painted Hills, we’ve surveyed the land and selected…

2 min.
racing to the clouds

CAPTURING THE LIFE AT SPEED Nineteenth century explorer Zebulon Pike doubted man could ascend the Colorado peak that would eventually bear his name. Today, it’s still far from a sure thing. And yet every summer, the mountain’s deep pines fill with drivers willing to try for the 14,000-foot summit 12.4 miles away. Beginning at 8 a.m., cars and motorcycles and trucks rip into the sky, each hoping to slice through 156 turns faster than the last. It’s demanding, and the consequences for a lapse in attention are severe. But that’s the allure, isn’t it? June 28 marks the hill climb’s 93rd running. There’s glory at the top of Pikes Peak, somewhere beyond our doubts, waiting in the clouds. FAMILY AFFAIR Nobody does Pikes Peak like the Unser clan. Brothers Joe, Jerry, and Louis…

4 min.

Dear R&T, I’m not a huge Audi fan, but the writing in your S3 review [“Nowhere in Particular,” March/April 2015] was superb. Zach Bowman didn’t just regurgitate facts and figures from a press release. He made me feel like I was in the car, experiencing the sights and sounds and smells. It made me want to head to Washington and drive those same epic roads. Keep these stories coming! TOM ST. JOHN, ONEONTA, NEW YORK Curse you, Bowman! Those roads are supposed to be secret. JON TAYLOR RENTON, WASHINGTON Your “Road & Track” formatted test of the new Audi S3 was amazing. I loved seeing the bright-red paint covered in dirt, proof that the car was driven with passion. I renewed my subscription for three years, which puts me over the twodecade mark. Just keep…

3 min.
editor’s letter

LAST SUMMER, I squeezed into the passenger seat of a lawn kart and went for a ride with Sam Posey. Sam is a lifelong racer who competed in everything from Trans-Am to Formula 5000, sports cars to F1, rubbing paint with Jackie Stewart, Brian Redman, and many others along the way. He’s also a supremely talented wordsmith and a longtime contributor to Road & Track. Sam retired from driving professionally in 1982. He’s now 71 years old and battling Parkinson’s disease. While his writing is sharp as ever, I wondered if time and illness might have dulled his inner wheelman. Nope. He buried the kart’s throttle, and we tore down a mini road course worn into the grass surrounding his Connecticut home. I looked over to see windswept hair and a massive,…

3 min.
french confection

EVERYONE QUOTES FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF the first time they drive a fast Ferrari. The first time I met a slow Citroën, I couldn’t shake the film, either. Not the part where Mia Sara pours herself into Matthew Broderick’s fake Cal Spyder. Earlier. “Life moves pretty fast,” Broderick says. “If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” This is perpetually true, unless you are inside a Citroën 2CV. There you miss nothing, because the car is so astonishingly slow, you have time to see everything. Twice. Some 3.87 million 2CVs were built between 1949 and 1990. My friend Greg Long insisted on lending me his for a week last month, when I found myself carless in Seattle. I don’t know how to thank Greg for…

4 min.
dot in the dark

HAVE YOU NOTICED THE STARTLING NUMBER OF cars driving without their lights on recently? I have, and it’s pretty scary. About half of all road fatalities occur in the dark, even though we log only a quarter of our miles after sunset. Imagine how much worse those numbers would be if more cars drove without their lights on. It’s easy to blame the drivers, as I did. But, while behind the wheel of a 2014 Lexus ES350 one night, I became someone to blame. I commented that the headlights were weak, with a harsh white color temperature and a beam pattern that more closely resembled a fog light. My passengers agreed. It wasn’t until we saw our reflection in a store window that we realized the headlights were off. The harsh…