Road & Track’s Performance Car of the Year test sounds like every gearhead’s dream. But nobody dreams of being stranded on the side of an abandoned country road with a tire pushed off its rim in a car that carries no spare and no tools.
A sports car on an open road is a great place to do some thinking. This is a truth every gearhead can confirm. So when Benjamin Preston wanted to get to the heart of the American sports car—its past and its future—he couldn’t have picked a better thinking chamber than the 2015 Corvette Stingray.
It’s probably been a good decade since you saw a Chevy Lumina moving under its own power. But there was a time, a glorious time, when the Lumina was the crown prince of 1990s rental car fleets. And that GM front-driver made vacationing Midwesterners go absolutely berserk.
Peter Egan is a man of varied tastes. His vehicular pursuits make up a veritable cornucopia of cars and motorcycles. But there’s one car that he keeps coming back to: The Mazda Miata. Here’s why.
The Porsche 911 Carrera has been naturally aspirated for 52 years... Until now. That turbocharging is part of a downward spiral for the sporty internal combustion engine, but, as Jack Baruth discusses, the future isn’t all depressing terribleness. It will actually be pretty damn exciting.
An engine swap is a hard job. Loading an engine into the back of a pickup truck without a hoist is an even harder job. But does it make you a ‘man?’ Mr. Regular explains.
Back in the March, 1998 issue of Road & Track, the ever-influential Peter Egan presented a quiz called “Does Your Car Have Character?” A lot has changed since 1998, so Jack Baruth updated the quiz for modern motorheads. Here’s the definitive answer, for 2015, as to whether your daily driver has street cred.
Formula One is a notoriously hard sport to gain access to. It can take years to even get a sliver of access behind the scenes for a photographer. But once they get that access, what is it actually like? We found out.
Mr. Regular was asked to be a celebrity judge at Corvettes at Carlisle. Before he went, he wrenched his back, meaning he had to do it under the influence of steroids and painkillers. Here’s his drug-addled recollection of what happened.
Automakers are always talking about targeting the youth market, so they build a fun car that ticks every box... except price. But there used to be a time when cheap cars were everywhere, they were accessible, and they were fun. That time was the early 1990s, as Jack Baruth will now explain.
“There’s a deal you make, and it’s that you can get killed.” That’s how Robin Miller, a veteran of racing who’s covered IndyCar for 47 years, described it to Marshall Pruett in Road & Track.
The Mazda Miata is an inexpensive small roadster from the 90s. The SLK230 is an expensive small roadster from the 90s. But the SLK230 has status where the Miata does not, as Mr. Regular explains.
The days are getting shorter. The air will be a little crisper soon, if you live in a place in which this happens. There are hearty souls who will fetch the groceries in a blizzard in their Fiat 124s, but most of us start pickling our toys when the leaves turn. That’s not the way it has to be, says Peter Egan. Grab a…
Peter Krause is one of the most renowned racing instructors there is. He’s booked for years and his time demands serious coin. The craziest part? He never gets in the car. Could that move improve track day safety?
Ever wonder what happens when you have a LaFerrari, a 911 GT3, two Ferrari Speciale As, a 300SL Gullwing, a 356 Speedster, Italian mountain passes, and the photography skills of GF Williams? This. This is what happens.
The Dodge Viper. The Hellcat. The minvan. All of these are regarded as some of the greatest moments in all of Chrysler’s history. But the true greatest moment was the first Dodge Neon, as Mr. Regular explains.
“Yours truly, the car medic who can detect a pulse when all others see only bleached bones with arrows through an empty rib cage out on the lonely prairie.” That’s how Peter Egan describes himself in this Side Glances column, “Girding Oneself for Battle With the Restorable Car.”
Many feel like the words “race track” and “speed limit” shouldn’t appear within miles of each other. But with the recent number of injuries and deaths at track days, should speeds be contained? Our Jack Baruth spoke to an expert who says just that, and he makes a great argument.
When you sit down to watch a NASCAR race on TV, you’re seeing just a small part of the weekend. There is so much more a team has to do to make a race. How much more? We sent Puppyknuckles to shadow Joey Logano to find out.
There’s no doubt that current F1 cars are amazingly cool and technologically advanced. But there was just something about the cars of the 1970s that cannot be replicated, as Marshall Pruett explains.