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Road & Track May 2014

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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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hearst
Frequency:
One-off

in this issue

4 min.
letters to road & track

Dear R&T, Steven Cole Smith's excellent, enlightening report on chronic traumatic encephalopathy really touched me. I grew up in Elmwood Park, Illinois, just a few miles from Elmhurst, and Freddie Lorenzen was my almost-hometown hero. NASCAR was not a huge hit in the Chicago area, but for those of us who did follow the sport, Fred and his No. 28 Total Performance Fords were truly amazing. It saddens me to learn that he's suffering from CTE, but I am heartened to know that steps are being taken to curb future tragedies, thanks largely to the efforts of his daughter and to Smith's diligence in reporting the story. BILL HARDING, Evans, Georgia Fred Lorenzen was my hero when I was a young man and will always be my all-time favorite NASCAR driver. My heart…

3 min.
editor's letter

Sandbagging has existed as long as racing itself, but I've never heard the expression thrown around more than at this year's 24 Hours of Daytona. It means purposely going slow during practice, then uncorking real speed during the race. One reason behind it is to trick rule makers into thinking a car has an inherent disadvantage and thus requires special modification, such as removing weight. This year's race featured a new rule whereby the sanctioning body, IMSA, can park a car midrace if sandbagging is suspected. It was a controversial, hot-button issue among a number of thrilling story lines that weekend. All during one of the best races I've seen in ages. After more than a decade, America's two rival sports-car racing series have merged. The American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am…

21 min.
fuel for the driven life [ r&t : 05 : 2014 ]

Shark fin, Souped page 22 Watching Ferrari's F1 watchmen 18 Pro tip: Don't drive angry 19 Pay close attention to the man behind the counter 24 BMW "i" candy 32 "Every single time we went out, something broke. It was the first time I was at Le Mans and thought, 'I really don't want to be here.'" A THREE-TIME 24 HOURS OF LE MANS CHAMPION ON HIS WORST RACE (PAGE 28). 24 HOURS, 24 ILLUSTRATIONS, THAT WAS OUR CHALLENGE TO SPANISH ARTIST DANIELA GUGLIELMETTI, WHO SKETCHED ALL THE ACTION FROM JANUARY'S ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA IN REAL TIME FOR ROADANDTRACK.COM/ART24. FLASHBACK Big Brothers AT THE 2013 SPANISH GRAND PRIX, PHOTOGRAPHER JOSHUA PAUL SNAPPED AN AMAZING INSIDE PEEK AT FERRARI'S RACE TELEMETRY OPERATION. WITH FORMULA 1 TECH ONLY INCREASING, A DOZEN ENGINEERS MAY SOON NOT BE ENOUGH. 1.] MATTEO TOGNINALLI Race…

4 min.
avoidable contact: naming right

It seems like yesterday, as the song says, but it was long ago. I was crouched in my garage, running a piece of dental floss back and forth between the Silver Arrow paint of a 4000-mile Mercedes CL55 AMG and the plasti-chrome badge that denoted it as such. Oh, how I swore under my breath! How I grumbled to a nonexistent audience! How I felt sorry for myself! I should explain. A business partner of mine had taken delivery of the pressurized, classically pillarless coupe a few days prior. It was common for us to swap cars for extended periods of time, which meant that, at some point in the near future, I'd have the car for months or even years. A free $130,000, 469-hp coupe, with insurance and even fuel…

24 min.
drives

CHRIS HARRIS ON THE NEW MCLAREN P1 (PAGE 42). The new, the offbeat, and the just plain cool BMW M235i 38 Ford Fiesta ST vs. Focus ST 40 McLaren P1 42 Acura RLX Hybrid 44 Subaru WRX vs. WRX STI 48 Mini Cooper 50 [ 2014 ] BMW M235i REPLACES THE 1-SERIES, CALLED A 2, COULD BE A 3. THE REPLACEMENT FOR THE BMW 1-SERIES has big shoes to fill. One of our favorite drives, the One wasn't a huge sales success, but it was a direct descendant of the type of car that made BMW what it is today: compact, slightly dorky, rear-drive sedans with world-dominating powertrains, bar-setting handling, and more capability than pretense. The new little BMW, now called 2-series, has gained more than just a number in its name—it's grown, up 2.8 inches in length, 1.3 in width and…

17 min.
fifty years birth of the cool

ON THE MORNING OF Wednesday, April 15, 1964, a 22-year-old schoolteacher named Gail Wise walked into a Ford dealership on Cicero Avenue in Chicago, unaware that she was about to make history. She wanted a convertible. The dealership was out, except for one. A salesman led her into a back room, where she saw a car under a tarp. "And there it was," she remembers, sitting in her home in Park Ridge, Illinois. "I had never heard of the Mustang. It hadn't been launched yet." She bought the car and drove it out of the dealership that night. "I was very popular," she says today. "I felt like a movie star!" Wise was the first Mustang buyer. She paid $3447.50 for a Skylight Blue convertible, which she still owns. Two days later, on…