To mark Car and Driver’s 60th anniversary, contributing editor John Pearley Huffman decided to interview the publication itself. That’s right; not a founder, not a fellow editor, but the thing people pick up every month. From his C/D-to-C/D conversation:
C/D: You came of age in New York City. Was that an advantage?
C/D: Yeah. Back then, I pulled in a lot of talent from the city’s literary world. Jean Shepherd, Bruce McCall, and Warren Weith. They were all New Yorkers with writing chops. They all saw the automotive world as something too big for a magazine called Sports Cars Illustrated. Guys like Bill Ziff, Karl Ludvigsen and David E. Davis Jr. cared about the writing, and New York was where the good writers and editors were. That set our standard and still does. Beyond that, I was up against the anti-car culture of that town. It gave me the snot to fight. The California magazines only want to get along and smoke [redacted].
There’s plenty more great stuff here, including the magazine’s answer to the question of whether any car magazine similes or metaphors should be permanently retired.
And as if this wasn’t witty enough, there’s also a look back at Car and Driver from columnist Ezra Dyer in 2075. That’s right; the Popular Mechanics automotive editor telescopes forward to the magazine’s 120th anniversary year to imagine what they will be patting each other on the leather seat backs then for. Here’s how he starts it off:
Well, sure, I remember the Car and Driver 60th anniversary party. It was 2015, I’d recently started as a columnist, and facial hair was all the rage (on men, believe it or not). There was a big to-do in what was then called New York City.