The Re­turn Road: Staffers Sound Off

Hot Rod - - Contents - Staff Ed­i­tor @tex­as­thomas

In rac­ing fam­i­lies, there’s noth­ing more im­por­tant than the unerring ef­fort for open com­mu­ni­ca­tion—it’s the most un­spo­ken el­e­ment. Drag Week­ers get this, and it’s one of the rea­sons why it’s crit­i­cal that a driver and co-pi­lot are di­aled in to the mis­sion of the two-lane black­top. For them, it’s a mat­ter of not just fin­ish­ing the race but nav­i­gat­ing a sea of bro­ken parts and wrong turns, each adding their own weight to the sit­u­a­tion. And when com­mu­ni­ca­tion breaks down, the fin­ish line will out­run you ev­ery time.

Bob Lutz, in charge of new-prod­uct de­vel­op­ment for ma­chines like the orig­i­nal Dodge Viper and late-model Pon­tiac GTO and G8, un­der­stood this when he wrote the “Bob Lutz Motto” in a memo (check it out). “I think I’ve al­ways had strong con­vic­tions about things,” Bob told us. “But that doesn’t mean that I won’t change my mind. And I wanted peo­ple to feel com­fort­able chal­leng­ing my con­clu­sions.”

We grav­i­tate to chal­lenges—it’s what drives the masochism of the hell week; find­ing those who share a sim­i­lar men­tal­ity is the key to keep­ing it glued to­gether. Mo­tor­sports re­ally is life-or-death, a se­ries of de­ci­sions that mean you make it out the other side or go home in a bag—ev­ery­thing in be­tween are the sto­ries we put in these pages. It of­ten re­quires hard, hon­est con­ver­sa­tions that some­one’s not go­ing to want to hear, and one day, it will be you who hears it out. The im­por­tance is that each sit­u­a­tion is taken as is, and things roll on.

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