To me, summer is all about seizing each and every opportunity to hop in a classic and get away. Whether it’s for a weekend road trip to a show or simply to run to lunch, driving a well-loved old car never fails to put a smile on my face. Our Summer issue is packed with enough great stories to put a smile on yours.
For our cover feature, Norman Mayersohn delves into the Big Three’s early 1960s experiments with factory lightweight drag cars. These fire-breathing monsters aren’t your typical muscle machines and were among the fastest cars of their time.
The topic of three-wheeled cars is one not often addressed in automotive publications. So our slightly eccentric (by his own admission) Executive Editor, Jonathan A. Stein, was the perfect writer to explore these auto curiosities.
We are privileged to have one of America’s greatest living designers in these pages — Mr. Peter Brock. In “Affordable Perfection,” he explores four cars that got it conspicuously right from a design standpoint; the kicker is that they happen to be quite affordable, too.
On the design perfection note, few things matter more to the looks of a car than the wheels upon which it sits. Rob Sass has put together a list of his all-time favorite wheel designs. We’ll look forward to hearing whether you agree or disagree with his picks.
Finally, few things have been more talked about and less frequently witnessed in the car world than the legendary pre-embargo American cars of Cuba. Photojournalist R.R. Segebien was on the island 16 years ago, and his black-and-white photo essay shows these cars not in carefully staged shots but as they actually appeared on the streets of Havana. Politics aside, the photos of these often jury-rigged time capsules are stunning.