Readers Respond To Past Issues
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.
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?
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!
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.
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