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Our read­ers talk back

Best Driver’s Car: World’s Great­est Drag Race 8

I’m hav­ing a very dif­fi­cult time see­ing how Mo­tortrend’s “World’s Great­est Drag Race” could be greater than ex­pe­ri­enc­ing two NHRA Top Fuel or Funny Cars do­ing burnouts and run­ning down the quar­ter mile at speeds over 300 mph. The sound and the shak­ing are in­cred­i­ble. Wit­ness­ing a rocket launch like those at Van­den­berg Air Force Base is prob­a­bly the only way to ex­pe­ri­ence com­pa­ra­ble noise and ground vi­bra­tions.

But I con­grat­u­late Mo­tortrend on get­ting all those fan­tas­tic cars and driv­ers in one place and get­ting per­mis­sion from Van­den­berg to use their airstrip. I can’t imag­ine all the work in­volved in such an assem­bly. Ter­rific job!

Dan O’con­nell Via Email

In our hum­ble opin­ions, watch­ing 12 street-le­gal su­per­cars rocket down a long straight­away at full throt­tle is much more ap­peal­ing than watch­ing two spe­cially prepped cars blast off for 3 sec­onds. Dif­fer­ent ( bores and) strokes, we guess. We’re happy you en­joyed the fi­nal prod­uct, though! We were stoked to work with the fine air­men and -women at Van­den­berg for the sec­ond year in a row.—ed.

I en­joy Mo­tortrend a lot. I read the “World’s Great­est Drag Race 8” ar­ti­cle and was sur­prised (other words, too) that the re­sults were not in the mag­a­zine. I was di­rected to the Mo­tortrend site. I hope if you do this again, you can let the reader know ahead of the ar­ti­cle. I did not sign up for Mo­tortrend On­de­mand and must live with the frus­tra­tion of read­ing a book with the last page torn out. Go fig­ure!

Dave Thomas (not the Wendy’s guy who owned the first ZR-1 in Ohio) Cincin­nati, Ohio

Sorry about that, Dave. Guess we didn’t want to give away the re­sults for those who fired up Mo­tortrend On­de­mand to watch both World’s Great­est Drag Race 8 videos—the free quar­ter-mile race and the sub­scriber-only half-mile drag race.—ed.

Best Driver’s Car: Other thoughts

Over the years Mo­tortrend has been one of my fa­vorite mag­a­zines, but lately you are los­ing me. It seems that in the last few years you’ve gone from a mag­a­zine for the av­er­age driver want­ing in­for­ma­tion about the ev­ery­day cars on the road to a mag­a­zine for the com­par­a­tively few driv­ers who are in­ter­ested in the more ex­otic and ex­pen­sive cars that most of us will never buy or even af­ford.

There’s noth­ing wrong with the di­rec­tion you’re go­ing, but I think you are writ­ing for a dif­fer­ent tar­get au­di­ence than you used to. I don’t mind read­ing about the full spec­trum of cars, but it now seems that ev­ery­day driv­ers are less in­formed than we used to be.

I have to ad­mit that your long-term ve­hi­cles bet­ter re­flect the av­er­age driver’s needs than do most of your gen­eral ar­ti­cles, which tend to em­pha­size cars that are more at home on the track than on the street.

Just my thoughts for what they’re worth, know­ing many will dis­agree with me. Thanks for the great writ­ing and a gen­er­ally great mag­a­zine.

My­ron Whit­ing

Col­lege Place, Wash­ing­ton

Thanks for the thought­ful let­ter, My­ron. We try to bal­ance con­tent for both the con­sumer and en­thu­si­ast, but we can’t please ev­ery reader ev­ery month. Aside from our Best Driver’s Car is­sues, most other is­sues fea­ture a wide va­ri­ety of cars the av­er­age driver would be in­ter­ested in … and could af­ford. Last year we fea­tured ev­ery­thing from fam­ily wagon and SUV com­par­isons to a com­par­i­son of $40,000 ve­hi­cles from main­stream and lux­ury brands. From that per­spec­tive, we think you’ll quite like the is­sue you’re hold­ing in your hands.—ed.

Lin­coln Strikes Back

I en­joyed read­ing the De­cem­ber is­sue, in­clud­ing the ar­ti­cle ti­tled “Res­ur­rec­tion.” But it was at that time that I re­al­ized I must have been trans­ported to a par­al­lel uni­verse be­cause An­gus Macken­zie said some­thing pos­i­tive about a do­mes­tic name­plate ve­hi­cle. Truly the end of the world is near.

John Bel­bas Houston, Texas

I just read An­gus Macken­zie’s ar­ti­cle on the new Lin­coln Nav­i­ga­tor Black La­bel and couldn’t agree more. I have owned Porsches, a BMW, sev­eral Toy­otas, a Honda S2000, and a few hot rods. If you had told me a few years ago that I would ever buy a Lin­coln, let alone one this ex­pen­sive, I would have said you’re crazy. I pur­chased a Nav­i­ga­tor Black La­bel in May and just com­pleted a 5,000-mile road trip through the South­west with friends from Austin. The Lin­coln was just fan­tas­tic! The in­te­rior is beau­ti­ful, the per­for­mance left noth­ing to be de­sired, the ladies watched movies while my friend and I talked, and I got al­most 22 mpg with the back fully loaded. Great job, Lin­coln!

Vox Trumpuli, Re­dux

I agree with the reader com­ments that were crit­i­cal of the po­lit­i­cal commentary be­ing em­bed­ded in the col­umns by Ed Loh and An­gus Macken­zie.

Your re­sponse was, “We will keep us­ing our First Amend­ment rights just as our pres­i­dent uses his.”

Fine. But you will find your­self speak­ing to a smaller group of read­ers, be­cause who pays for a mag­a­zine that they find of­fen­sive? Why not just elim­i­nate the po­lit­i­cal stuff?

Joseph Crum

Abbeville, South Carolina

As a long­time reader of Mo­tortrend, I take ex­cep­tion to both Mr. Wal­ton’s let­ter and your re­sponse.

In sug­gest­ing that Mr. Loh keep his po­lit­i­cal views out of Mo­tortrend, Wal­ton has a point but was wrong to deem Loh “ig­no­rant and bi­ased.”

Mo­tortrend, on the other hand, is a lit­tle off tar­get in cit­ing the First Amend­ment. The is­sue is not what you are al­lowed to say, but what you should be say­ing in your mag­a­zine. When I open

Mo­tortrend, I’m look­ing for ar­ti­cles like your re­views of the Lexus UX, the Mercedes A-class, and the up­com­ing Audi Q3—not pol­i­tics of any stripe. Your mag­a­zine is not called Mo­tor and Po­lit­i­cal Trends, and for good rea­son. The only men­tion of pol­i­tics should be when it im­pacts the uni­verse of the auto.

Mo­tortrend, please stick to cars, and Mr. Wal­ton, mind your man­ners!

Steve Biren

New Cas­tle, New York

As a long­time reader and first-time writer to your opin­ion page, I felt com­pelled to pen a re­sponse to a few let­ters grip­ing about a pass­ing ref­er­ence to the pres­i­dent. While no right-minded reader is wor­ried about Mo­tortrend be­com­ing a po­lit­i­cal plat­form, I be­lieve the opin­ions within those few emails were mis­guided, and your ed­i­tor’s re­sponse about First Amend­ment rights was bang on.

What makes Amer­ica Amer­ica is the right to dis­sent. When peo­ple on ei­ther side re­sort to howl­ing about bias or de­scend into name-call­ing, it’s to­tally miss­ing the point. Opin­ions are Amer­i­can. Protest is Amer­i­can. To the ed­i­tor’s point, free speech is Amer­i­can.

At­tempt­ing to sug­gest that some­one who doesn’t have the same opin­ion as yours is “ig­no­rant or bi­ased” is ex­actly why the coun­try con­tin­ues to di­verge in­stead of unite. If there is one thing that can bring us all to­gether, it should be the love of awe­some cars that blow our minds. I’m pretty sure the big boys and girls in Wash­ing­ton can de­fend them­selves on Twit­ter when­ever they choose.

Matt Sa­rausky Via Email

Just wanted to say that as an avid fan of Mo­tortrend I ap­pre­ci­ate all the mag­a­zine has to of­fer, in­clud­ing any rel­e­vant cri­tiques of cur­rent or for­mer pres­i­dents that may be con­tained in news and in­for­ma­tive ar­ti­cles by your colum­nists. Read­ers who com­plain need to bet­ter un­der­stand what is be­ing said in­stead of just as­sum­ing any crit­i­cism is an at­tack on their can­di­date. I have read ar­ti­cles that have ex­posed is­sues with both Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic ad­min­is­tra­tions, and I’d bet these same peo­ple who beat you guys up about this non­sense talk pol­i­tics in some sit­u­a­tions oth­ers find in­ap­pro­pri­ate. Try to learn from an­other point of view and don’t get so of­fended over one com­ment in one or two ar­ti­cles ev­ery third is­sue. Se­ri­ously, gimme a break, you “read­ers” who gripe about some­one else’s ideas or opin­ions. Keep right on do­ing what you do at Mo­tortrend—it’s my fa­vorite mag, and I look for­ward to ev­ery is­sue.

Shawn Fournier Taney­town, Mary­land

We ap­pre­ci­ate the mea­sured tones of your re­sponses. Over the past 70 years, Mo­tortrend has built our rep­u­ta­tion by en­ter­tain­ing and in­form­ing read­ers about cars and the mo­tor­ing world as a whole. One thing is for cer­tain: The auto in­dus­try and pol­i­tics are in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked. Ig­nor­ing that fact sim­ply isn’t pos­si­ble, es­pe­cially in the present day as it re­lates to Pres­i­dent Trump’s trade and other eco­nomic poli­cies. Ford, for ex­am­ple, said it has lost $1 bil­lion due to our on­go­ing tar­iff war and has can­celed the next-gen Fo­cus for the U.S. likely as a re­sult. GM has an­nounced sim­i­lar is­sues. Were a Demo­crat oc­cu­py­ing the Oval Of­fice, we would be call­ing out the same faults and con­se­quences of our gov­ern­ment’s poli­cies.—ed.

“How long be­fore Tesla own­ers will be uni­ver­sally known as Mus­ke­teers?”

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