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Road & Track October 2013

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.
editor's letter

"It's absolute madness. Just insane." That's how Web Editor Chris Cantle described Thanksgiving weekend last year at California's Imperial Sand Dunes. He, writer Mike Guy, and photographer Michael Darter spent the holiday there with Robby Gordon for this month's feature on one of the most fascinating personalities in racing. I was more than a little jealous. Those remote dunes, part of a 200-square-mile recreation area near the town of Glamis, are tucked into California's southeast corner. During holiday weekends, thousands of people haul in convoys of outlandish machinery—sand rails with twin-turbo V-8s, flying Baja trucks, and more four-wheelers and dirt bikes than you can count—to create what is best described as Burning Man with octane. Beyond simply drifting a buggy for hours on end, I'd always wanted to see how this temporary…

4 min.
your turn

Dear R&T, It was brilliant to have the courageous Danica Lacy lend herself as an introduction to the report, and it does take courage to put yourself out there like that. One word of caution: Having spent 40 years as an anesthesiologist, performing repeated routine monitoring in an often boring environment, I understand Charles Greer's concept of "automaticity" well. It has its advantages, but it's a double-edged sword. It's easily undermined by distraction and can lead one to believe that a task has been completed when it really hasn't. Anesthesiologists spend their careers trying to avoid automaticity to remain aware of exactly what they are doing. The combination of automatic behavior and distraction is among the most common contributors to medical mishaps and disasters. DAVID IMRIE, Nova Scotia, Canada A couple of thoughts…

1 min.

Speed, Sex, Death & Bell-bottoms FORMULA 1 GETS ITS FIRST BIG-SCREEN TREATMENT IN DECADES. Mainstream racing movies come along maybe once in a generation. Good ones are rarer than that. Big-budget studio films about an epic Formula 1 rivalry, helmed by an Academy Award-winning director? Ron Howard's Rush, out September 20, is the first. It's cause for celebration, so we're rejoicing, using this as an excuse to dive into behind-the-scenes cool, motorsport both current and classic, and Hollywood's love affair with speed. As the movie's poster says, everyone's driven by something. THE BATTLE BETWEEN FERRARI'S NIKI LAUDA, (LEFT) AND MCLAREN'S JAMES HUNT FOR THE 1976 FORMULA 1 TITLE REMAINS ONE OF THE SPORT'S MOST INDELIBLE SAGAS.…

14 min.
ron howard goes racing

THE OSCAR-WINNING DIRECTOR OF APOLLO 13 AND FROST/NIXON TALKS TO BRETT BERK ABOUT WATCHING THE MONACO GRAND PRIX WITH GEORGE LUCAS, MAKING IT RAIN ON CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY, AND HOW JOHN FRANKENHEIMER COULD NEVER HAVE MADE GRAND PRIX TODAY. Ron! Thanks for taking the time to talk to me. My pleasure. This is my first-ever interview for Road & Track. I've read the magazine but I never thought I'd be in it. My editors loaded me up with a whole bunch of technical questions, so I hope you'll bear with me. Well, I'm not a car guy. There was a moment when I could more or less tell you how to get to the moon. And I've forgotten that. And there was a moment that I knew more about Formula 1, and I forgot…

2 min.
the r+t movie review

Shut up Sam . Tues., 11:20:31 A.M. No you shut up John . Tues., 11:20:34 A.M. Some film critics pen thoughtful essays, some debate on TV. At Road & Track, Executive Editor Sam Smith argues with Senior Editor John Krewsonover instant messenger while sitting 30 feet apart. Okay. Rush. You like? I enjoyed it. It's not the Umbrellas of Cherbourg of racing films, but it's a good sports movie. I liked it enough when I watched it. The further I get from it, the worse it gets. Like bad Mexican food. Ignoring that you often overthink enjoyment after the fact, what did you dislike? People had feelings, then they yelled them at each other. There was racing that sort of looked like racing. Then more feeling-yelling. It put a guy who masked his feelings with outrageous behavior up against a…

1 min.
behind the scene

LOCATION: BERGWERK CORNER, NüRBURGRING NORDSCHLEIFE. Ron Howard built this set on the spot where Niki Lauda crashed August 1, 1976. "Tires" are made of fiberglass. Static replica of Lauda's 1976 Ferrari 312 T2. British Touring Car shop Rob Austin Racing built three drivable Ferrari F1 replicas for the film, but this prop isn't one of them. Its flame-resistant bodywork was molded from those cars. Sean Edwards, son of Guy Edwards,i one of the drivers who rescued Lauda i from his burning car during the i 1976 German Grand Prix.i During filming, Sean drove the Hesketh 308D Penthouse car that his father drove in the '76 German Grand Prix and still owns. And this rescue Porsche. When producers asked Sean to drive the rescue Porsche, they didn't realize he was a star driver in Carrera…