Magazine article Sunset

Gear Shift

Magazine article Sunset

Gear Shift

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those who know me are apt to read this editor's note with a raised eyebrow. A paean to the all-American road trip? The irony is rich; I am hardly an automobile aficionado. Call it a relic of being raised in the most urban of environments, a flashback to a first-ever driving lesson that involved an accidental merge onto Manhattan's West Side Highway. Certainly I am as blown away as the next person by the prospect of self-driving cars (or camping-friendly Tesla hacks, page 30). And my version of a Pirelli calendar pinup is the vintage Bronco on this month's cover. But what truly gets me going is the seduction of the narrative-the sheer humanity of the shared experience that a voyage on the open road can bring.

As a cultural phenomenon, a road trip has few equals. Think of Kerouac and Thompson, Thelma and Louise, every single sun-tinged member of social media's #vanlife movement. Not to mention the accoutrements: the podcasts and playlists, the roadside diners and retro-style motels (page 24). …

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