The 103rd Indianapolis 500 marks the 50th anniversary of Mario Andretti’s famous win at the Brickyard. You may have already read our feature story celebrating one of racing’s all-time greats and his marvelous accomplishments, but there’s plenty more to learn as he opens up about his life and career. This is part two of our exclusive interview. For part one, head here.Automobile Magazine: When you review your career now, what was an area in which you excelled as a driver, where maybe you had an advantage compared to most others?Mario Andretti: Quite honestly, I think it was my mindset, where I just said, ‘No matter what obstacles I was facing . . . ,’ because if you dwell on some of the difficulties, you take yourself out of the play. I never took myself out of the play. If I would have spoken loudly on this, I would have probably been laughed at. But in my mind, I always felt, ‘You know what? I don’t care what I got to overcome today. … [Read more...] about Mario Andretti: The Mega Interview, Part 2 [Exclusive]
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Porsche is synonymous with fast, reliable, premium, practical and fun to drive vehicles, engineering excellence and numerous racing triumphs along the 70 years of its existence. Its most important model – the iconic 911 – is widely considered as the best sports car of all time, combining performance, reliability and usability, continuously improving in each new generation reaching closer to perfection. In this story we examine how a small company from Stuttgart became one of the most successful and renowned sports car manufacturers in the world. Ferdinand Porsche (1875-1951) was an ingenious automotive engineer born in Austria-Hungary to German parents. At a young age he designed the Lohner-Porsche (1900) which was the first hybrid vehicle ever built, combining four electric wheel hub motors with a gasoline engine working as a generator. Above: Ferdinand Porsche at the wheel of a Lohner-Porsche Following his military service, Porsche was appointed technical director, first … [Read more...] about Classic Marques: The story of Porsche – Part 1
Like something of a blank canvas, over the last 30 years the Mazda MX-5 has become the launching point for all manner of modified motoring fantasies. You’ll find them crammed full of GM V8s, Ford V6s, Mazda’s own rotary engines, or a massive variety of turbocharged and supercharged upgrades. Some have been lowered, some have been lifted (yup, off-road and rally roadsters are a thing). Some have been meticulously made faster, others treated to a slowdown. There are stripped-out ones and luxed-up ones. The possibilities are almost endless. What of the donor car itself, though? Well, a little bit like the imperfect Suzuki Jimny I celebrated last month, the Mazda MX-5 – flawed in so many ways – is a perfect example of compromises to magnificence. You might be familiar with the MX-5 story by now, but just to bring you up to speed: in the 1970s, Mazda’s then R&D head quizzed respected Motor Trend journalist, Bob Hall, on what kind of car the brand should … [Read more...] about Mazda MX-5: You don’t mess with imperfection
Exclusive PUBLISHED: 05:30 30 January 2019 Stuart Watson Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans speaks to chief football writer Stuart Watson. Picture: LAURA MACLEOD Archant Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans has given his first face-to-face, on-the-record interview with an independent media organisation – 11 years after buying the club. Here’s what he had to say to the EADT and Ipswich Star’s chief football writer STUART WATSON. Marcus Evans' interview with chief football writer Stuart Watson is his first face-to-face intervuew with an independent media organisation. Picture: LAURA MACLEODQ: Why speak out more now? You’ve done more with the club website over the last year. Why are you doing this interview with us now?A: I used to put something in the programme at least once a season, maybe twice. Then we did the video in the summer. I tried for those club interviews to be slightly no holds barred anyway. I said ‘look, if … [Read more...] about Marcus Evans big interview: Ipswich Town owner’s first face-to-face interview with independent media
By Peter M. DeLorenzo Detroit. Ah yes, 2018, what a spectacular time to be in the automobile business. With the promise of new beginnings and untold profits dancing in "The New Visionaries'" heads, a Next Frontier marked by a horde of shiny happy zombie cars careening across the landscape, and a blissfully unaware populace with joker-like grins plastered on their faces as they revel in the mindless, pay-as-you-go un-involvement – what could possibly go wrong? Meanwhile the real-world market has been upended by actual paying customers and their insatiable desire for Crossovers, SUVs and Trucks, to the point that legacy auto companies like GM have been caught out of position and unprepared, forcing it to close underperforming plants and cut thousands of workers. GM blames the market conditions, but I place the blame squarely on management for their lack of planning and inability to anticipate where the market was going. Add to this chaotic situation the headlong rush of … [Read more...] about DIGITAL DISCIPLES, ZOMBIE CARS, AND ENOUGH DELUSION AND HUBRIS TO POWER THE NEW EMERALD AUTO CITY JUST OVER THE HILL. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG, BESIDES EVERYTHING? THAT’S RIGHT, IT’S TIME FOR THE AUTOEXTREMIST 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW!