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Road & Track

Road & Track May 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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OLD CARS, CHANGING TIMES Cuba seems to be on the verge of change. The communist regime is fading, and relations with the United States are warming. That bodes well for the people of this island nation, but probably also portends modernization of the country’s famous fleet of vintage cars. One week after Fidel Castro’s death, photographer Shelby Knick toured Havana to document the island’s make-do culture, the crumbling eclectic architecture, and, of course, the classic iron. “Everyone told me to go now, before it changes,” she says. “They were right.” Every corner seems to hold a strange creation, Frankenstein’s interpretation of the car. Cubans aren’t allowed to import U.S. goods, and poverty is rampant, so cars are kept alive and modified with parts on hand. This blue concoction appears to have the roofline and…

4 min.

Dear R&T, I had to laugh when I saw the $202,960 Acura NSX is the 2017 Performance Car of the Year [December 2016/January 2017]. I know price was not an obvious factor, as the silver and bronze cars were among the least expensive, but value has to enter into the equation. Your pick is great, but the vast majority of readers will never own it. RANDY ZUSSMAN, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA I was excited to read about the Acura NSX, how it fuses driving excitement, efficiency, and technological know-how. Then I read that it’s only available with an automatic transmission, albeit a very sophisticated setup, and my enthusiasm sank like a stone. MARSHALL ANDERSON CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS It’s noteworthy that the cars that came in second and third were the only manuals in the pack of nine. To…

2 min.
editor’s letter

IGREW UP WITH SPORTS-CAR RACING. Attending IMSA Camel GT events as a 10-year-old, seeing the Porsche RSRs of Al Holbert and Peter Gregg battle with Hans Stuck’s BMW 3.0CSL and John Greenwood’s bellowing Corvette. Visiting various teams’ pits on race weekends, and then going home and drawing their cars on graph paper, similar to the data panels I’d seen in Road & Track. The cars and drivers of that era left an indelible impression on me and so many kids who watched those races. Since that time, professional sports-car racing in this country has seen its fortunes rise and fall, affected by everything from the economy and fluctuating manufacturer participation to fan apathy and warring sanctioning bodies. But much of that is now in the past, with car counts, factory involvement,…

4 min.
exit strategery

THOREAU WENT TO THE WOODS to live deliberately. Last winter, I went to the woods because there was snow in the mountains and a Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro test truck in my driveway. I am no Thoreau, but I am also only so much of a putz: When adventure appears, you give chase, courageous. Plus, there was a giant pile of dirty clothes in my bedroom and I was scared of it. Our house was built without a laundry room or a basement, so dirty laundry lives next to my bed, in a ziggurat of plastic baskets. My wife, Adrienne, calls this abomination Mount Clothesmore. The words leave her mouth in the same way you imagine Winston Churchill discussing the Luftwaffe. The name arose because the pile is monumental—we have small kids…

1 min.
a new golden age

When you take a race car onto a closed course, you enter an unstable world. No sanctioning body can legislate chance. Nothing is predictable at 180 mph. And most of all, no driver is exempt from being human—mistakes and moments of genius, heartbreaking choices and ones that define a life. So we watch. And more than anything, we watch sports cars. It’s the stuff we drive every day, railed on by pros, and unlike NASCAR or F1, you don’t have to be an expert to understand. It’s also back on the cam after decades adrift: Nearly two dozen automakers in a global bar brawl that covers Asia, America, and Europe. An army of new turnkey cars, making the fight more egalitarian than ever. And—at long last—rules that let those cars run all over…

17 min.
a sheep in wolf’s clothing

The sun was still high in the Florida sky when my thoughts turned, quite reasonably, to the possibilities of cannibalism. It was a Saturday afternoon at Sebring International Raceway. I was the guest of Eric Kerub and his Montreal-based Motorsports in Action team, its abbreviation, MIA, pronounced like the name of Frank Sinatra’s willowy third wife. I’d met Kerub and the rest of the crew at oh-dark-thirty that morning, watched them roll a pair of McLaren 570S GT4 race cars one at a time from a slick black transporter onto loading arms suspended 10 feet off the ground. I’ve witnessed this procedure countless times, with other teams at various tracks, but there was a bit of extra drama here, a slight additional concern at the way the McLarens wobbled on the insubstantial…