GREGORY ANDERSON

Bondurant Teaches High-performance Driving

“Hang onto your breakfast,” Les Betchner, the driver/instructor, shouts as the 13-passenger Chevrolet Club approaches the first big turn on the 1.6-mile Bondurant Road Course in Phoenix, forcing a dozen formerly vertical passengers to lean right simultaneously. Equilibriums askew, our senses are immediately overwhelmed by a series of gut-wrenching sideways corners, continually screeching tires, and […]

Autos: Dirty Dozen

Under normal circumstances, driving a Lamborghini Murciélago at top speed provides enough excitement for one day. Twelve cylinders wailing away behind your head as you floor the accelerator is enough to get anyone’s adrenaline pumping. However, the circumstances under which I drove this latest, lightest Murciélago were not exactly normal. The sun had just set […]

Car of the Year 2009: No. 3: BMW M3

Shifting Gearboxes The BMW M3 is the dark horse that almost took this year’s title. None of our judges expected the top-level 3 Series to blow them away with its perfectly balanced combination of engine performance, handling prowess, and what can only be described as the best automated shifter on the planet. BMW’s long-reviled sequential […]

21 Ultimate Gifts: Mean Meets Green

THE GIFT  One 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, a 638 hp American sports car. One 2010 Fisker Karma, a plug-in hybrid American sport sedan. Participation in the Quail Rally, a two-day driving event on northern California’s Monterey Peninsula. Transportation to Monterey and access to all events during Monterey Car Week, August 10 to 16, 2009. One […]

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