What do you think of when you picture Volvo? Think towing a caravan on the A303 with a tailback longer than the Seine? Think accident-prone old biddy drivers with brown leather driving gloves? Think again..
This is precisely the kind of article I enjoy reading, a fly on the wall insight into a special event that most of us can only view from afar.
Created in 1988 by former Michèle Mouton, the only female WRC event winner, and Fredrik Johnsson, the Race of Champions has become the most eagerly-anticipated after party of the motorsport season. This year’s event, run on the 3rd and 4th December, returned to Dusseldorf’s ESPRIT Arena, the venue where relative newcomer Felipe Albuquerque took the overall ‘Champion of Champions’ cup in 2010.
ROAD’s December Christmas issue, “Motorsport Monsters”, features TV presenter, Neil Cole, who’s writing a new monthly motorsport column for us. Neil’s first column comes from the epic Race of Champions (RoC) in Dusseldorf and it’s fabulous!
This issue we finish the 2011 motorsport season in style: First up, we’ve got two times ex-WRC champion, Marcus Gronholm and north-east driver, David Binks, taking on British Rallycross Championships at Lydden Hill in Kent in the awesome ‘Best Buy’ Ford Fiesta Mk7. Gravel spitting stuff.
This month, Road is on Summer holiday, traveling from the far East to the Western coast of America.
We’ve got two Stateside reports from Road first lady Ashley Van Dyke – covering the awesome X Games in downtown LA, and going to one of the world’s greatest car auctions at Orange County Fairgrounds, by Barrett Jackson.
There’s something very special about rear wheel drive cars. They offer a driving purity front and four wheel drive cars can’t. As FWD and 4WD cars struggle to cope with steering and drivetrain influences, a RWD car isn’t pulled from the front, it’s pushed from behind, leaving the front axle to do as nature intended, steer.
Road Magazine starts 2011 with a track and race theme… following the UK’s catalyst to the motoring industry, Autosport International at the NEC in Brum. We’ve got two of the most exciting cars from the show in full detail…to drool over, and they are both British.
Road takes a trip to sunny California, to warm up from the depths of Winter here… and enjoys the first ever, exciting, fast and furious Global Tuner GP Time Attack at Laguna Seca, organised and run by Road’s first lady, Ashley Van Dyke.