Spotter’s Guide To The October 2017 and November 2017 Issues Of Road&Track

Let’s get meta for a moment: I’ve been so busy writing I haven’t had time to write about the things I’ve written. You will see me behind the wheel of the AMG GT C Cabriolet on the cover of October’s Road&Track. Inside, you’ll find a comprehensive European test of that car and its natural enemy, the Porsche 911 GTS PDK. You will also find what I hope is the most interesting and readable effort I’ve contributed to the magazine since the Malaysia thing four years ago: an exploration of the Nurburgring with help from Ross Bentley, RSR’s Ron Simons, and Danger Girl herself.

November’s issue features a short “Shopping With” guide regarding the C5-generation Corvette. If you’ve ever thought about adding a Z06 or Pace Car convertible to your vehicle fleet, you will want to check it out. The photography is brand-new, by the way; General Motors has a mint-condition C5Z in their Heritage Collection.

That’s all until… well, that’s all for the foreseeable future. Out with a bang! In the meantime, you can still catch me on the R&T webpage, at TTAC, and in the pages of two magazines to be revealed as soon as possible. Have a great weekend, everybody.

The Great Escape

If you’re still waiting for this month’s issue of Road&Track here’s a preview for you. Richard Pardon and Paul Rees used the day after I flew home to make this short and fun video showcasing the Mercedes GT C in the mountain passes between Switzerland and Italy. Look at how handsome Paul is! If you’re already in possession of your magazine, of course, you know that I had the cover story and the long feature as well. Let me know what you think!

Spotter’s Guide To The February 2017 Road&Track

Let’s call this 1.5 appearances in this month’s issue; in addition to the review of the 2017 Lincoln Continental on page 65 or thereabouts (spoiler alert: it’s a great car) you can read a series of quotes by me in Sam Smith’s column up front. This was the last thing I had in the can for R&T’s print side so if you want to see more, feel free to send letters/cards/boiled rabbits to the magazine!

Tell The Truth And Shame The Devil


I am very proud to be a Contributing Editor for Road&Track magazine today. It’s not because I’ve written our Performance Car Of The Year feature for each of the four years we’ve done it, although that is one of the things that, as Belle&Sebastian sings, they can write on my grave or when they scatter my ashes. It’s how we handled a situation that was deeply upsetting and embarrassing for all of us at R&T — and how we broke the rules of the business in doing so.

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Spotter’s Guide To The Winter 2016 Hagerty Magazine


I’ve kept this under my hat for a few months now, but now it can be told: I have the cover feature of this quarter’s Hagerty Magazine. With a paid circulation of over 450,000 readers, Hagerty is now the largest classic-car magazine in the world. Read all about the history of the Camaro in my sentimental, meandering fifty-year retrospective, featuring photography by the incomparable Andrew Trahan. And if you dig this, wait until you see what’s next…

A Fleetwood That Carried Foxes


The infamous 1976 Fleetwood Talisman that took me from Columbus to Nashville to Houston is for sale on eBay. And just like before, if you buy it and you’re located in the 48 states, I will drive it to you and cover my own flights. (As usual, there are exemptions and conditions that apply.)

Short-time readers who don’t remember the Fleetwood can catch up here. Somebody please buy this: it’s a brilliant car, restored by a man who valued results over cost, and it’s personally important to me.

Spotter’s Guide To The November 2016 Road&Track


It’s not the worst 45th birthday present ever. This month’s Road&Track features three — count ’em, three — articles by yours truly. I drive the new Focus RS from the race track to the autocross, try Tanner Foust’s 552-horsepower GRC Beetle, and rip a LaFerrari through the Hocking Hills of Southwestern Ohio. I’m even on the cover!

Perhaps best of all, this issue was a family affair. You can see my son and his TopKart in the Supercars article, while Danger Girl appears a few times through the Focus RS piece as stunt driver and/or passenger.

I’ve had no end of minor troubles this past year, from my broken leg to various career and personal issues, but this month’s R&T is a sharp reminder to me that I should be grateful for what I do have.