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  1. A driver judges a car, says Aston Martin chief program engineer David King, largely by how well it steers. King, then, will understand a preference for the new V8 Vantage over the DB9, even if the...
  2. When danish optometrist Poul-Jørn Lindberg (800.386.9196, www.lindberg.com ) discovered in the early 1980s that he needed glasses himself, the last thing he wanted to do was draw attention to his...
  3. In the 1930s, France’s Voisin and Delahaye carmakers produced some of the most stunning vehicles ever built. Gabriel Voisin, who built World War I bombers, brought his understanding of fighter-plane...
  4. When Scott Jones decided he wanted to watch movies in his turn-of-the-century English manor near Indianapolis, he called noted home theater architect Theo Kalomirakis. “Top yourself!” demanded Jones...
  5. For the nature lover with an adventurous spirit, Frégate Island Private is an ecological Eden begging to be explored, a sanctuary for both man and beast to relish. “We live with nature here,” the...
  6. I consider it miraculous that while driving the new Lamborghini Gallardo near Rome, I survived the suicidal lunges of oncoming Fiats as they peeled around blind curves. However, Lamborghini’s...
  7. The Maserati Spyder embodies the cardinal characteristics of the Italian sports car: It is mechanically sound and visually striking, and it is fast. In terms of horsepower per liter, the Spyder’s 390...
  8. Some of the biggest thrills in Las Vegas now can be found miles from the Strip, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s new Formula One racing school ( lrsformula-usa.com ). This is the only venue in the...
  9. A duck rescued Joseph Hautman from a fate of teaching physics to college students. “When I won, I had no artistic career,” Hautman, a 50-year-old Minnesotan, says in reference to his victory in the...
  10. Brad Webb, a 29-year-old New Zealander, is perched on the bow of USA-76, barking into his headset. “Ten meters!” Webb shouts to helmsman Peter Holmberg. “Five, four, three . . .” As bowman, Webb...

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