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Road & Track November 2016

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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3 min.
capturing the life at speed

MONTEREY: BMW TURNS 100 Sixty-four BMW race cars were registered in this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca last August. Most were built after World War II, a testament to the company’s history: The Bavarian Motor Works was founded in 1916, but it didn’t hit its stride until the Sixties. The brand mastered the modern sport sedan like no one had, pairing sports-car performance with everyday practicality. That meant genius like the 1600 and 2002, the first 3-series, the second 3-series . . . pretty much every other 3-series . . . and, of course, hot-rod brickbats like the M3 and M5. This year, with BMW the featured marque at Monterey’s annual Car Week, hundreds of BMWs trekked to the central California coast. The event drew…

4 min.
dear r&t,

Having just read Baruth’s slightly overwrought Miata and 488 piece, I am flabbergasted by his omission of the Honda S2000 in his chronology of convertible/roadster milestones and by his myopic assessment of the Miata as “absolutely the finest small roadster ever built.” What?! Please pull Jack’s head out of his butt, tell him he’s not supposed to talk stupid, then send him to me in Virginia. I’ll read the S2000’s specs to him, and then I’ll strap him into my first-gen with a full tank of gas. I’m pretty sure when he brings it back to the house, he’ll have a mouth full of crow. BILL BLAIR ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA I like the Miata, but for someone to call it “the finest small roadster ever built”— that person has never driven a Honda S2000.…

2 min.
editor’s letter

IT FEELS LIKE MONTEREY CAR WEEK gets bigger with every passing year, and this summer’s installment was no different. Anchored by the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and flanked by myriad satellite events and auctions, the area overflowed with automotive exotica. What began 66 years ago as a bunch of guys parking their favorite cars on a lawn has grown into one of the most important events on the automotive calendar, right up there with the Detroit auto show. While the pristine collectible and exotic cars are no doubt the stars of the week, people make the Monterey experience memorable. Car owners, racing drivers, industry executives, and tens of thousands who come for their love of cars. Each express their passion in a different way. The most fascinating…

4 min.
indoor storage

THE HOUSE WENT TO A NICE WOMAN from down the street. My parents sold it to her, which meant they also sold her the garage, because that’s how house sales work. wThey lived at that address for 24 years. A sprawling one-floor ranch in Louisville, Kentucky, sheltered by an enormous and arcing elm. The tree covered most of the roof, a trunk so large that I couldn’t wrap my arms around it, even as an adult. It was there when we moved in, the fall that I started sixth grade, from a smaller house across town. I moved out at 18, on my way to college. Mom and Dad left this summer, moving to Seattle. Where I live, with my wife and two small girls. They wanted to be near us, but…

15 min.
hard labor

EVERY TOURING MUSICIAN KNOWS that you don’t play your biggest song until the end of the set. Can you imagine going to an a-ha concert where they opened with “Take on Me”? (Millennials, you’re free to substitute the Lumineers and “Ho Hey,” respectively.) Of course not. If they did, fans would head for the exits as soon as the song ended to spend the rest of the evening chilling with Netflix. Rules were meant to be broken, however. So we’ll start our adventure with the Ford Focus RS with its best-known hit: Drift mode. The question we’ve been asked more than any other regarding this car is, “How’s that Drift mode work?” Answer: Not that well. The name “Drift mode” suggests that just pressing a button will turn you, the newly…

9 min.
relentless pursuit

THE CREST IN THE ROAD looks like the setup for a spectacular—and imprudent— jump. The BMW 340i is leading a Jaguar XE down a steep hill, the kind of asphalt stream that follows the path of least resistance. The descent is precipitous, the surface rippled. The next hump is particularly steep, but the Bimmer needs only a slight brush of brakes to settle the nose. It wheels over smoothly, tires still firmly kissing pebbled tarmac. This sedan is nothing if not neutral. A glance in the rearview: The Jaguar, painted in classic British Racing green, is just behind, LED strips burning brightly. It’s got presence. The Jag gathers itself on top of the crest and bounds off, chassis bouncing exuberantly as it lands. It got air up there, no question. The…