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.
Still, that’s where our man Jack Baruth found himself, after a fellow scribe hit an unexpected mid-corner gravel patch and walked the Mercedes-AMG GT S into a ditch, knocking the right-rear tire off its outer bead. Miraculously, the tire still held air—but the sidewall was sitting a good two inches inboard of where it belonged.
And among the vehicles gathered here, including a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, a Porsche Cayman GT4, a Ferrari 488 GTB, and a Dodge Viper ACR, there wasn’t a full tool kit to be found. No full-size spare, either.
How did Baruth and the gang get rolling again? Come on over to Road & Track to find out. Because when the autojournalism going gets tough, the backwoods ingenuity gets going.