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“The definition gets even more
blurred when you ask drivers what
was the greatest car they drove”
ne conclusion we rapidly came to
when planning the August issue of RACER
is this: Defining what constitutes a great
car is far harder than it seems. Sometimes
it requires context. Did the car do the job
required of it? Was it better than its rivals?
Did it have the results to prove it? How
strong and deep was the competition?
But how about throwing longevity into
the mix, too? The obviously great Lotus 72
was still winning in its fifth season, whereas
the Brawn BGP 001 was more dominant –
but for only half a season or so. Then the
definition gets even more blurred when
you ask drivers what was the greatest car
they ever drove, or greatest car they wish
they had driven. It can quickly lapse into a
discussion about their favorite car…and
that is, sometimes, not a great one.
Still, that subjectivity is something
that afflicts us all. As fans, many of us at
RACER would cite the Eagle T1G as being
our favorite Formula 1 car of the 1960s,
but it’s doubtful any of us could argue that
it was a greater car than its contemporary,
the Lotus 49. So we also turned to
designers, who tend to judge cars less
by mere aesthetics, to tell us which ones
they wish they had designed.
Oriol Servia, meanwhile, told us which
new car he wished he owned. It used to be
the Ferrari F458 Italia, but since driving a
McLaren MP4-12C, he may have changed
his mind. The car that redefines accessible
hyperformance could prove to be a
fantastic racecar, and we’d love to see
one in the American Le Mans Series.
One car already flourishing in the ALMS
is Muscle Milk Racing’s HPD ARX-03a.
Fresh – or rather, grubby – from its win
at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in May,
it headed south to Rick Graves’ studio to
become the subject of our In Focus series.
Our other regular series, the RACER
double interview, looks at Justin Wilson
and Dale Coyne’s IndyCar Series
partnership. It recently resulted in a
first oval win for both, so we talked with
them about their past, their present and
whether they have a future together.
Contact Nick Iademarco at
Wrights Media. Tel: (281) 419-5725
COLOR SEPS: QuadGraphics, Irvine, Calif.
ELECTRONIC PRE-PRESS: QuadGraphics, Irvine, Calif.
PRINTING: R.R. Donnelley, Pontiac, Ill.
Who’s that mystery
man reflected in Dale
mirror? No, not Justin
Wilson - the one hiding
behind the camera.
It’s our ace LAT
snapper Mike Levitt.
The spectacular cover illustration of Mark Donohue’s
Porsche 917/30 is by Portuguese illustrator and
racing nut Ricardo Santos. See more of his amazing
work at facebook.com/RicardoFineCarArtwork.