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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.

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