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RAISED primarily by grandparents, the male of whom was a pioneering motorist and eventually a chauffeur of royalty, in a city - Coventry - that at the time was the centre of the British motor industry, and inspired by the writings of Motor Sport's Denis Jenkinson and William Boddy, it was perhaps inevitable that I would one day become a motoring journalist. Despite the advent of Woodstock, flower power, mods and rockers, we offspring of middle-class mid-'60s families were usually guided by parents and schools into careers that were, well, sensible. Therefore I found myself becoming an apprentice draughtsman rather than a scribe. But of necessity I tinkered with old cars and with the help and support of my new wife became of a large motor club's magazine, a dedication that was to reap big rewards
I have been reading your magazine for many years and am impressed by your high standards. The photography is always excellent, but from my point of view one thing really stands out your writers put Automobile in a class all by itself. The writing is informative, straightforward, witty, easy to read, and as comfortable as a conversation with a dear friend. I'm a fan of each and every one of the writing staff. In fact, I have considered telling my grandchildren to read the magazine to learn the art of writing.
We did hear, though, that after we handed the test car back, it received some attention of the unwelcome kind. A thief helped himself to the A8's keys, having jimmied up the kitchen window at the home of a motoring writer. The car was found by the police the next day, abandoned seven kilometres away on a Mangere street. Perhaps, like me, he'd had his heart set on a black one. K
Combatants sound, feel, look, drive, and even smell. Unlike gotta be an engineer to be a car-mag writer scribes, he spends minimal time dwelling on specs just the ones needed to make the point and enhance the experience. Writing like this makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck as I cling to the Alcantara-wrapped wheel of a sensational, highperformance car.
Motoring writer Luke Madden recently used it for a 650-mile round trip to the West Country -taking in the Eden Project in Cornwall - and the car impressed with an indicated 50mpg average. What's more, it managed all but the final 50 miles of the journey on a single tank of diesel
Big investment in top-tier Pro-class racers let their cars become the fastest, overshadowing the grassroots Sportsman classes and keeping competition reserved for a small corporate factory-backed few. Once the check-writers grew bored with the scene and left, sanctioning bodies either followed suit, folded, or faded away, and the racers were left without a race. But today things are different. Today's racers do it all themselves organizing events
There will be two images from the European Grand Prix which stick in the collective Red Bull mind Sebastian's second win of 2010 and Mark Webber's car flying through the air after crashing into the back of Lotus' Heikki Kovalainen. The headline writers are going to have a field day. Red Bull does indeed give its athletes wings.
We've been following your exploits in the Sydney Morning Express and are very proud of your achievements. One of the motoring writers says you're the finest Australian racing driver since David Brabham, who I'm sure is still a big success wherever he ended up on the planet.
Classic Mini Consultant & Test Driuer Peter Barker . Japanese Correspondent David Lockhart. Writer Andy Butler . Writer Kat Howells . Photojournalist Stephen Colbran . Photojournalist Simon Cooke . Photojournalist Stefan Gibney . Photojournalist Jim Jupp . Photographer Anthony Butler . Photographer Zoe Harrison . Columnist Nigel Fryatt. Technical Writer AC Dodd
Having dominated their class in the 2010 historic racing series this lanky young dude and his classic fast Ford will be
I studied advertising after school and worked in the industry, but I loved creative writing and started submitting pieces to the SundayTimes, and then got a job there as a sub-editor. When David Bullard left they needed a motoring writer and there I was, it was a no-brainer.
So what might have been the downfall of the Hummer brand I believe it was distorted perception from both sides of the equation. Those who love them believe they are the best 4x4s ever. Sorry, they aren't. But they are incredible machines. All of the prerequisites for an awesome off-road machine are there approach and departure angles 33-inch tires great travel engines available for torque, power, or economy selectable lockers front and rear 4 1 transfer-case ratio steel bumpers and real recovery points. And the list goes on. Drawbacks include poor visibility from ridiculously small windows for design's sake and a high purchase price. Couple that with uninformed automotive and lifestyle writers who think of Hummers as gussied-up Tahoes or Colorados, and no wonder they got an undeserved bad reputation.
The name Andy Douglas is one name that I'm all too familiar with. Having entrenched myself in the scene, this name has been ringing in my ears for years as the name of a man who was hitting back bumper and flipping cars over as far back as the 1970's One thing I couldn't attach to the name was the face, since I had never had the chance to see the man in person. When I got the word about his induction to the Hall of Fame for Craftsmanship Honors, I was excited and honored to be the writer assigned to do the feature. The one thing I wasn't excited about was having just a few days to locate a man that seemed to be more of a myth than a reality. I had to hustle in order to shoot him, interview him, and have it all submitted within half a week. Needless to say, my search began immediately. I got on the phone and started making phone calls to present and past New Style members. I got my lucky break when I called my friend Carlos Coast One Malvido out of San Jose, CA. Not only did Coast One...
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EDITOR IN CHIEF Mark G. Bilodeau TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Anthony Lowery CREATIVE DIRECTOR John Hull ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Monica Collier DESIGN DIRECTOR Ryan Fodale CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Andy Boedekker, Dan Chilton, Stuart Eastwood, Rob Gregory, Paul Kane, David Kirkland, Joshua Koenig, Todd Mackie, Seth Miller, Joe Peskunowicz, Pat Roy, Greg Spielman, Allan Taylor, Steve Tsang, Dylan Webber CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS
I spent a couple hours reading the January 2011 issue of Drag Illustrated and have yet to complete it. That means you are doing a great job of putting it together. Every writer, photographer and columnist did their job, and it shows. What also shows, at least in my opinion, is the slick new paper. Again, good job
SENIOR CONTRIBUTORS Russ Bond (Formula 1), Mary Mendez (IndyCar), Gary Horrocks (Sports Car)', Ernie Saxton (NASCAR), Bruce Biegler (Drag Racing), J. Wally Nesbitt (Canadian Racing) CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Bruce Bonham, Dean Campbell, Ken Keating, Todd Lewis, Don McLeod, Bill Mehlenbacher, Dave Roberts, Ron Rombough, Robert K. Rooney, Steve Young, Marc Patrick Roy, Spencer Lewis
I liked your response to the writer who talked about too much chrome ori the upper-level trims of the new Grand Cherokee, but I have a question a bit more relevant to the wallet. I noticed in your review (and Motor Trend's) of the two Cherokees comparing them with the 4Runner and I believe the Land Rover. It seems you paid more for the lower-line Laredo V-6 than the better-trimmed upper-line Overland with the V-8 Hemi. I realize the base prices of these Cherokees were less for the Laredo model, yet several of my friends and I are wondering who in his right mind would consciously pay more for a less luxurious, less powerful vehicle I know Ford is trying that idea out on the new Explorer, and I hear they're going to put the V-6 EcoBoost in the F-150 at a premium price, but do you think people will go more for the Pentastar V-6 in the Cherokee Laredo than they would the V-8 Hemi in the Overland For the couple mpg difference, you give up a lot.
This brings me to abigger issue and a trend that I have noticed in car magazines the continued trashing of VW. For some reason, time and again, writers compare VW's current products, no matter how good, to the original Bug, failures in the past, and VW's humble beginnings. I do not find writers pointing out the horrible designs, safety, and quality issues of the first Hondas, Toyotas, and Datsuns when writing about Acura, Lexus, and Infiniti models. Why is the VW story so different VW has become world-class with a host of brands moving each segment to class-leading design, safety, technology, and engineering. But for some reason, the car writers of America do not seem to move past the Bug, although they are able to move past the first Civic with lawn-mower tires or Toyota Corollas that felt like tin cans or the ugly, rusting Datsuns of the Seventies. Let's be fair here, guys
Why doesn't GM make the optional Recaros from the Cadillac CTS-V available in the Corvette What rationale would magazine writers then use to make Corvettes lose comparison tests For the love of Pete, would your writers please get over their fixation with the Corvette's interior fit bothers them so much, they should stay home and play Gran Turismo in their living rooms. And alluding to Corvette's clientele as well-padded is a bit hypocritical. When was the last time David E. and John Phillips saw the inside ofagym
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Sam Posey's story on the US F1 effort ( American Dream, April 2010) brought to mind a term that I believe your great writer, Henry N. Manney III, used to describe the ATS Formula 1 team in 1963. That term was fool's gold. I can only hope that US F1 will eventually succeed. We need an American presence in Fl.
I'M FIFTEEN YEARS OLD, and I know more about cars than most adults. I love to read your magazine, but in the August issue, I noticed something interesting. In your article comparing the LFA and the SLS AMG, in the picture of the LFA with the neon signs reflecting in the window, I noticed that the words SEX SHOP are clearly visible. This raises several questions. (1) What are your writers doing outside a sex shop (2) Why would they take a picture outside a sex shop Finally, (3) Why does a person in an LFA need to go to a sex shop Thank you, and have a great day.
Classic Mini Consultant & Test Driver Peter Barker Japanese Correspondent David Lockhart Writer Andy Butler Writer Kat Howells . Photojournalist Stephen Colbran. Photojournalist Simon Cooke Photojournalist Stefan Gibney Photojournalist Jim Jupp . Photographer Anthony Butler Photographer Zoe Harrison Columnist Nigel Fryatt technical Writer AC Dodd
Without Meriam's advice, we might have missed the Fairhope Pier, with its magnificent view of Mobile Bay the New Orleans-style cobblestone courtyard in the French Quarter and the Page and Palette, an independent bookstore. Any town that's proud of its bookstore is my kind of town. Fairhope attracts creative, free-thinking people. Many artists and writers call this city home. With local authors such as Winston Groom ( Forrest Gump ) and Fannie Flagg ( Fried Green Tomatoes ), it's not surprising that book signings are popular at the Page and Palette.
The basis for the preliminary project highlighted here was a generic CT car, which in the CAD image in figure 1 above looks similar to a Lotus Exige - a popular choice for racers from grass roots to international level. Thanks go to Ling Xiao, currently studying for an MSc in Motorsport Engineering and Management at Cranfield University, who drew this model in SolidWorks from a set of dimensions, some photos and a request from your writer to keep the geometry simple
O Our Trip began in Vladivostok, Russia, after a long flight by way of Beijing. We met up with our crew of 10 at the local Sumotori Suzuki dealership. Our posse consisted of me, two writers from Motor Trend, a writer from Motorcyclist, a photographer, a videographer, three rally race technicians, the program director, and an interpreter. We had two cars, two trucks, one motorcycle, and an ill-fated adventure trailer.
As regular readers will know from the Letters page, many of our readers are military personnel. In fact, one of our writers, Brady Cloward, was a bullet-dodger before he learned to fly. And whatever you might think about the current conflicts, we want to support those doing the dirty work.
On page 26 of the December issue the writer claims the Panamera Turbo power kit gives the car 504 hp. The Turbo has 500 hp, so with the 40 hp from the kit wouldn't that mean it is 540 hp Awesome. I recently drove a V6 Panamera out at Miller Motorsports Park and it was VERY impressive for a V6 and 300 hp, which these days doesn't seem like much.
The fix was in.That the congenital BMWphilia that afflicts all car-mag writers struck again. Or that our 740i's 14.0-cubic-foot trunk arrived filled with unmarked 20s. Quite tire contrary. The senior Bimmer showed up as an underdog. Its twin-turbo V-8 750i sibling didn't even make the finals in oui 2010 Car of theYear competition, nor did its 550i stepbrother this year. In fact, when we began deliberations on the finishing order in this test, most expected the 740i to finish in the upper middle of the ranking because it didn't seem to excel at any one thing.
The signpost shot is taken later during the same winter, ihe In-house magazine writer and photographer have taken one of the new press fleet Victor estates out to the warren of country roads between Luton and Hitchin for a feature shot. From the appearance of the road surface, the car is
Confused Email your questions about trucks, 4x4s, and off-roading tech using Nuts, I'm confused as the subject and include a picture (if it's applicable). Digital photos must measure no less than 1600 x 1200 pixels (or two megapixels) and be saved as a TIFF, an EPS, or a maximum-quality JPEG file. Also, I'll be checking the forums on our website (www.4wheeloffroad.com), and if I see a question that I think more of you might want to have answered, I'll print that as well. Otherwise drop it old-school style with the envelope addressed to the address below. Letters published in this magazine reflect the opinions of the writers, and we reserve the right to edit letters for clarity, brevity, or other purposes. WRITE TO Nuts & Bolts, 4-Wheel & Off-Road, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 900485515, fax 323.782.2704. EMAIL TO nuts 4wheeloffroad.com
At launch we can expect a two-tier range of Carrera and Carrera S, before the GT3S, GT2S and Turbos muddy the waters. Writer Ben Pulman recently calculated that a new 911 derivative has landed ever)' 49 days since the arrival of the second-generation 997 in 2008. Expect more versions, specials and general money-grabbing.
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Part of the car's charm, and a reason for its popularity with our readers, was that it was notorious for breakdowns and was often seen at the side of the road during a Mini run. People liked the car for being that little bit different, myself included, and loved seeing it out and about and on the MiniWorid stand at shows. Despite being a performance Mini, Bogus was still used and enjoyed and even did the Italian Job with Bill Sollis and was a favourite with the editorial team until he was stolen from outside our then staff writer's home in south London in November 1994. So the challenge was set to build a car in the spirit of Bogus, hopefully without the breakdowns. Project Bogus 2 was underway.
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Confused Email your questions about trucks, 4x4s, and off-roading tech using Nuts, I'm confused as the subject and include a picture (if it's applicable). Digital photos must measure no less than 1600 x 1200 pixels (or two megapixels) and be saved as a TIFF, an EPS, or a maximum-quality JPEG file. Also, I'll be checking the forums on our website (www.4wheeloffroad.com), and if I see a question that I think more of you might want to have answered, I'll print that as well. Otherwise drop it old-school style with the envelope addressed to the address below. Letters published in this magazine reflect the opinions of the writers, and we reserve the right to edit letters for clarity, brevity, or other purposes. WRITE TO Nuts & Bolts, 4-Wheel& Off-Road, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 900485515, fax 323.782.2704. EMAIL TO nuts 4wheeloffroad.com
Passion for motor sport technology, editing Racecar Engineering is surely the dream gig. I never ceased to be amazed by the access the job brought. Whether it was the chance to spend time with Gordon Murray or Adrian Newey, the opportunity to work with the likes of Peter Wright and Paul van Valkenburgh, or the friendships with writers Allan Staniforth and Carroll Smith, it was all a dream ticket. Even the engineers who work within the sport are unlikely to see behind quite so many locked doors as I had access to.
It was like slipping back a generation or two to when motoring in the USA was still an adventure and driving across deserts and down the Baja Peninsula was motorised manhood. PJ O'Rourke is a writer with a huge talent to entertain from a time when Penthouse anci Playboy were essential reading to maintain 20-something testosterone. Driving Like Crazy 30 Years of Vehicular Hell-Bending is O'Rourkes wandering through his writing career and the crazy highway adventures he chased. Sample just one section with me The Santa Monica Stirling Messes
While the business approach speaks volumes, it sometimes pays dividends to get an outsider's view of the ethos at the epicentre of such a dynamic and daring approach to business. CAR spoke to Hyundai's recently-appointed director of the global PR team overseas division, Frank Ahrens. Having spent 18 years as a keen-eyed business writer at the Washington Post, Ahrens is uniquely positioned to give a candid insight. Hyundai is Korean he states, something one would normally consider a straightforward observation, but Ahrens explains that the company is more of a national source of pride than just a sizeable corporate entity. HMC was born in the wake of the fratricidal civil war that gripped the country from 1950 to 1953, eventually dividing it into the communist North and democratic South. The conflict tore at the very fabric of the nation and effectively set both the cultural and economic clocks back to zero. Even so, a strong work ethic has always been at the core of Korean culture -...
One day, features writer Roger Green was killing time over lunch looking at Radicals for sale. 'Would you be interested in going halves ' he asked. Having recently 'invested' in my Clio V6 and a lovely old BMW 1502,1 really didn't think it would be healthy for my bank balance or marriage to indulge in another car. But but a Radical
After all the parts were in place, it was time for some dirt. The 'Runner was pointed up a nearby canyon that's home to a mangled dirt road. Rocks alternate with fine dust and hard-packed dirt. In a stock SR-5, you'll gingerly creep along as the suspension bounces and bottoms. In an SR-71, you'll fly low and fast, slowing only for the big 'gotchas.' Imagine doing 50mph where you could previously only do 25. Don't take this writer's word for it. Build one yourself. or
4-WheelS Off-Road welcomes letters to the editor. Letters must include an address or a telephone number so the sender can be verified. Once verified, your name may be withheld at your request. Letters published in this magazine reflect the opinions of the writers, and we reserve the right to edit letters for clarity, brevity, or other purposes. Due to the large volume of mail we receive, we regret that we cannot reply to unpublished letters or return photos. Digital photos must measure no less than 1600 x 1200 pixels (or two megapixels) and be saved as a TIFF, an EPS, or a maximum-quality JPEG file. write to Editor, 4-Wheel & Off-Road, 831 S. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245 fax 310.531.9368 email to 4wheeloffroad sorc.com they fall over (to the sides or the front) if anyone stumbles against the truck or something falls against it or hits it. The letter writer referred to this by mentioning the small footprint the stands have.
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