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How Did You Realize That You Love Cars?

How Did You Realize That You Love Cars?

By Michael Banovsky / 24 Aug 2015
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On my desk sits Road & Track Presents Exotic Cars: 5, a short-lived special series of magazines that the publication put out in the ’80s and ’90s. It morphed into Road & Track: Exotic Cars Quarterly, but that’s not the point. What’s important is that a magazine very much like this one made me realize I wanted to do something in the auto industry as a career.

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Is “A Fun Automatic” an Oxymoron?

Is “A Fun Automatic” an Oxymoron?

By Michael Banovsky / 17 Aug 2015
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Though the two main cars in our household both have manual transmissions, I was recently able to sample three very different cars equipped with “let the computer shift for you” transmissions: a McLaren 650S Spider, Fiat 500 Abarth, and Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack. And do you know what? One of those wasn’t too bad.

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What Should Google Auto Know About Driving?

What Should Google Auto Know About Driving?

By Michael Banovsky / 10 Aug 2015
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A report from The Guardian has made everything clear: Google Auto is a thing, and it means business. The subsidiary Google Auto has been licensed since 2014 in California as a carmaker. As an enthusiast, what would you like Google to know about driving?

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Did the Classic Car Market Compel You to Sell Your Cherished Ride?

Did the Classic Car Market Compel You to Sell Your Cherished Ride?

By Michael Banovsky / 3 Aug 2015
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Every few decades, the classic car market experiences a boom—and then, occasionally, a correction. The thing is, over the last few years, the market has been increasing in value like never before, with “blue chip” classics helping to lift similar models from their marque. Did the rising values encourage you to part with a cherished classic car?

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Which Kind of Fun Would You Rather Have?

Which Kind of Fun Would You Rather Have?

By Michael Banovsky / 27 Jul 2015
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The great thing about having fun is that there are so many different varieties of it. Within weeks, I found myself behind the wheel of both a $1,500 homebuilt CycleKart and a $340,000-ish McLaren 650S. Both hugely entertaining, in its own way. The McLaren is a spaceship in comparison, but…

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When Was the Last Time You Were Really Excited about New Cars?

When Was the Last Time You Were Really Excited about New Cars?

By Afshin Behnia / 13 Jul 2015
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I had the privilege of driving the new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider over the Fourth of July weekend (look for my full review later this week), and for the first time in what felt like many years, I found myself fantasizing about having this car—a new car. That may sound strange coming from someone who loves cars, so let me back up a minute and explain…

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Do You Still Use Paper Maps?

Do You Still Use Paper Maps?

By Michael Banovsky / 29 Jun 2015
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It’s something I’ve long wondered, especially after recently taking a long road trip where a dash-mounted iPhone and Google Maps were my only guide. Car enthusiasts must be among the last holdouts to use paper maps, right?

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What’s Your Automotive Happy Place?

What’s Your Automotive Happy Place?

By Michael Banovsky / 22 Jun 2015
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I have no idea what road it was, but in an instant, everything was perfect. We’d just watched the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix and, as my very first time in Europe, I noticed that the Nürburgring Nordschleife was little more than an hour away…why not try and squeeze in a few laps? What I didn’t expect, though, was to discover my favorite road on the way.

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What Is Your Favorite Car Museum?

What Is Your Favorite Car Museum?

By Michael Banovsky / 15 Jun 2015
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For me, this week’s question is a difficult one, for several reasons. The photos used here are from a previous trip to the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany—a building as close to heaven on earth for a guy like me. When I’m in the mood to look at Porsches, at least. But my favorite museum? Thankfully, much closer than Germany.

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What’s Life Like At The Helm Of a Vintage Boat?

What’s Life Like At The Helm Of a Vintage Boat?

By Michael Banovsky / 8 Jun 2015
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One thing that few people know about me is that before I became editor of this publication, I was the captain of a passenger ferry. Now, when I say “before” I mean when I was in high school, and when I say “passenger ferry”, I mean the largest of the fleet could comfortably hold about 20 people. Still, my family has been fortunate enough to have owned boats in the past, and I’ve spent a lot of time on the water...

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