Doubling and tripling down on Best Driver’s Car
What an amazing issue we have for you this month. Absolutely epic. I’m proud to say it is by far the most ambitious Best Driver’s Car program we’ve ever attempted. We really poured our hearts into this one and pulled together the most ridiculous set of supercars and superstars—from our test drivers and editors to our visual creatives and special guests. I hope you agree this is automotive storytelling at its finest—both in this magazine and at Motortrend.com, Motortrendondemand.com, and on TV’S new Motor Trend Network, formerly known as Velocity.
There is so much to stir the soul this issue, I don’t want to lose sight of a few of the special moments. First, study the photo below. That, my friends, is the business end of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket (along with Jonny “Hi There” Lieberman and friends). I wasn’t there for this shot, but I nearly throttled the guys lucky enough to see it in person. The only reason I didn’t is that nobody knew our crew would end up at this particular hangar located at a far edge of the stunning Vandenberg Air Force Base—or that the massive bay doors would slide back to reveal more than 2.2 million pounds of total thrust.
So I have to give a shout-out to Colonel Michael Hough and his exceptional crew of airmen at the U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing. For the second year in a row, we were hosted by the Air Force’s finest team of professionals for two very special editions of our World’s Greatest Drag Race. We didn’t think we could do better than our first visit to Vandenberg, but as you’ll see in this year’s drag race videos (yes, plural), we doubled down in more ways than one.
That goes for the entire BDC program; we doubled down with video coverage of our Route 198 hill climb to make sure we got the best footage without shortchanging driver evaluations. We added a third day at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca for the same reason and dropped in two additional production days to finish off the 60-minute Best Driver’s Car selection video. That video is hosted by Jonny, staff pro racer Randy Pobst, and, new for this year, drift king Jethro Bovingdon (on loan from Automobile and Head 2 Head), not to mention two other special guests we added to the video mix. Heck, we even tripled down on the finest tacos in Central California.
Enough bragging. Ready for liftoff? Jump to page 34 to read all about it, or head to Motortrend.com/bdc to watch it with your kids. Either way, please enjoy the ride. n
TACOS y quesadillas y Mike Finnegan?WAIT, is that Fred Williams of Dirt Every Day?
HUGE THANKS to Colonel Michael Hough and the entire team of professionals at 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base.