Last year, I read and reviewed the very first Road & Track Magazine, from June 1947. Nowadays, it’s a monthly but, like many magazines, getting the first few issues out was a bit of a rocky road.
May 1948 saw the second volume published, so nearly an entire year later.
Like the first issue, this one has a lot of material reprinted from other sources. Photographs, particularly are credited to several other publications.
Additionally, as someone used to reading the fat issues from the 1990s, a Road & Track only 36 pages long is an unexpected item.
As always, these are interesting for their period features and their antiquated assumptions. But two things make them worth tracking down (and they aren’t easy to find sometimes–this one was an original, not a reprint). The first is to see how auto enthusiasts of seventy years ago viewed the future, and the second is for those forgotten wrinkles and oddities which, though widely reported at the time, are long forgotten.
This one can be read in one sitting, but it will be a pleasant one in which you are smiling–often nostalgically–the whole time.
Gustavo Bondoni is a novelist and short story writer whose love of automobiles even seeps over to his literary fiction. It reached the point that his story “August Nights”, included in his book Love and Death deals with the joy of driving fast and well (among other modern things). And it’s not the only one where cars are characters. You can buy the book here.