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THE LAST GAL­LON SEPTEM­BER 2019

A thought from the end­lessly cre­ative mind of Mark Wal­ton: if you had the last gal­lon of fuel on Earth, what ve­hi­cle would you put it into, for one last drive? Cue wildly in­di­vid­ual choices from six writ­ers – from D-Type Jag to Renault 5, or two VW XL1s (so you could split the gal­lon and race a mate, see?) – brought to life by in­spired art di­rec­tion from Mal Bai­ley and photograph­y from Alex Howe. One of CAR’s more imag­i­na­tive and evoca­tive fea­tures.

ENZO FER­RARI BARES HIS MIND AND SOUL AU­GUST 1977

In 1977, Keith Botsford spent four re­veal­ing hours with the car world’s most fa­mous name, yet its least fa­mil­iar per­son­al­ity. At the time, Enzo Fer­rari avoided TV cam­eras and rarely ven­tured be­yond his o•ce and test cir­cuit. Yet the in­tensely pri­vate Fer­rari spoke to CAR with as­ton­ish­ing frank­ness. ‘I don’t be­lieve there is such a thing as hap­pi­ness,’ Fer­rari told Botsford, who de­scribed him as ‘a pro­foundly lonely, dis­abused man to whom death is per­haps the most mean­ing­ful event in life,’ and yet also ‘an ex­tra­or­di­nary mind… That’s why head­strong, brave and bril­liant men have so of­ten given their all for this man, and what his dig­nity and purity have done for the car.’

WHEN RUS­SELL MET AYR­TON SEPTEM­BER 1990

Ex­tra­or­di­nary writer Rus­sell Bulgin and F1 god Ayr­ton Senna were both gifted at their art. They were mates, too, go­ing back to Bulgin’s early days as an F1 correspond­ent. In this 1990 CAR in­ter­view, that close­ness man­i­fests it­self in a glimpse into the enig­matic Senna’s in­tense men­tal­ity: ‘You should have no fear. Be­cause if you have fear, you can­not com­mit your­self. Fear will de­ter­mine your lim­its.’ All the more poignant given that both in­ter­vie­wee and in­ter­viewer were taken too soon.

FER­RARI TO THE SA­HARA MAY 1995

Richard Brem­ner drove a fac­tory-fresh Fer­rari F512M from Maranello to Erg Chebbi, the gate­way to the Sa­ha­ran sand dunes. Why? ‘Be­cause it’s there.’

‘We ar­rived in the dark,’ re­calls Colin Good­win, who drove a sup­port car loaded with un­used spares. The boys awoke to find an of­froad ad­ven­ture com­pany had parked its Merc G-Wa­gens next to the Fer­rari. ‘I’ve never for­got­ten the look on their faces,’ says Good­win.

CON­VOY! FE­BRU­ARY 1977

‘It had the un­real qual­ity of a dream. That strange hy­per-clean­li­ness, that daz­zling in­ten­sity of colour, that haunt­ing feel­ing of be­ing sus­pended in time, and even in mo­tion; sit­ting there with the speedo read­ing in ex­cess of 160mph and two more gold Lam­borgh­i­nis drift­ing along ahead.’ Thus begins Mel Nichols’ sem­i­nal Con­voy story, an ac­count of a cross-Europe thrash in three new Lam­bos (Coun­tach, Ur­raco, Sil­hou­ette), one of CAR’s most cel­e­brated, and in­flu­en­tial, drive sto­ries.

‘I’m still re­liv­ing this par­tic­u­lar trip. I al­ways will be,’ con­cludes Nichols. Us too, Mel.

WEL­COME TO THE NEW DETROIT

JULY 2010

CAR has al­ways been quick to em­brace trends, epit­o­mised by bright spark Ben Oliver tak­ing a tour of Cal­i­for­nia’s nascent elec­tric car in­dus­try in a Tesla Road­ster. De­sign chief Franz von Holzhausen drove Ben in a pro­to­type of a fu­ture EV called the Model S, and talked of how rapidly Tesla acted com­pared with GM: ‘It’s just Elon and me.’ The trip leaves the writer mus­ing: ‘Could one of these new car mak­ers go su­per­nova, Google-style?’ Maybe, Ben, maybe.

Senna was in pen­sive mood when he sat down with CAR

Rarer than a 250 GTO: a jovial Enzo Fer­rari

Elon Musk and his orig­i­nal Tesla Road­ster: we were there at the start

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