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Stories about decadent automobiles, most often with original photography.

Bernd Rosemeyer (October 14, 1909–∞)

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Herr Rosemeyer!

By and on October 15th, 2009

Our patron saint the fearless Bernd Rosemeyer has turned one hundred last night, sacrificing 71 and counting years to the fastest highway accident in human history. We baked him a cake.

2009 Hungarian Grand Prix

Kicsit sárgább, kicsit savanyúbb

By on August 11th, 2009

“It’s a little bit like Monaco without the houses,” is how Murray Walker described the Hungaroring. This year’s Hungarian Grand Prix was to be a weekend about Felipe Massa’s crash and Lewis Hamilton’s unlikely victory—preceded by an embarrassing spectacle as Hungarian as pre-race events get.

God Will Protect

By on August 4th, 2009

Lulled by a Rolls-Royce far from home, our new American correspondent comes face to face with that most American of garden tools: a rifle.

2004 Nissan 350Z

Catch Some Z’s

By and on May 11th, 2009

If you have a child you would like to put to sleep, it’s not an altogether bad idea to strap her into a Z’s seat and take her for a ride. In no time, she will be fast asleep. Note: keep your foot down at all times.

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2007

An Event Horizon of the Automotive Variety

By on April 24th, 2009

As our team heads into Italy for this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este by Lake Como, it’s time to look at this report—published for the first time in English—on the 2007 event. An occasion which, with its Homeric undertones, proved life-changing for a young Dr. Orosz.

An Interview with Horacio Pagani

Pagani’s Zonda was “inspired by race cars, not road cars”

By on February 18th, 2009

In the spring of 2006, I had a chat with Horacio Pagani, whose eponymous company builds the Zonda. It is published here for the first time in its original English.

The Pagani Zonda Field Guide

By and on February 12th, 2009

Horacio Pagani’s baroque street racer has turned ten and is leaving the supercar scene with the Zonda R track special. We celebrate with an illustrated guide of every Zonda model ever made, complete with Harry Metcalfe’s galactic scoutship and a guest appearance by Scarlett Johansson’s breasts.

A Trip to BMW Werk Dingolfing

Paranoia und Verschwörung in Bayern

By on February 5th, 2009

In December 2006, I visited BMW’s Dingolfing factory—where the 5, 6 and 7 Series are made, along with the Rolls–Royce Phantom—only to be told of their No Photography policy on site. I had a story to file, so I did what I could: made drawings in Crayola. All four thousand words and twenty-seven drawings are now republished here in English.

2008 Saab Turbo X

The Age of the Automobile

By on November 14th, 2008

Saab’s seemingly awesome special edition is nothing but a symptom of the pointlessness that’s eating the car industry alive.

2007 BMW 335i Coupé

In the Name of Science, Seven Thousand RPM

By on August 12th, 2008

Testing the Dynolicious software with a BMW 335i.

1997 Opel Corsa Van

Cruising

By on July 8th, 2008

Proof that tiny European vans can be great fun.

1983 Datsun 280ZX

The ZX of Doom

By on July 2nd, 2008

Nino Karotta acquires a splendid new Datsun 280ZX for peanuts.

24 heures du Mans 2007

Dawn in Le Mans

By on June 15th, 2008

Why the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the greatest motor race on Earth and why you will never learn this from Wikipedia alone.

1991 Nissan 200SX

A Day at the Drifts

By on June 10th, 2008

After four years of tweaking, Nino Karotta takes his Nissan 200SX to a racetrack for its first ever drift session.