Scott Dixon held most of the cards heading into the 2018 IndyCar season finale at Sonoma, and a combination of his trademark calm efficiency and a catastrophic error by main rival Alexander Rossi helped elevate the New Zealander to the rarified status of five-time champion. The day was completely dominated by pole-sitter Ryan Hunter-Reay, who held complete command all afternoon. But Dixon’s concern heading into the race was Rossi, who changed the entire championship conversation at the very first corner when he drove into the back of teammate Marco Andretti, breaking his front wing and slashing his right-front tire.
Those who deem the current range of Ferraris’ styling a little, how shall we put it, on the functional side should be rather pleased with the pure, unfussy, and sultry design of the new limited-edition Monza SP1 and SP2, just like the 1950s sports-racing cars from which they draw their inspiration.
If this year’s Pebble Beach auction results are any indication — and history suggests they are surely probative of wider market conditions — there’s no doubt that the top end of the collector’s car market is in fine shape, as people with more money than ever spend it like, well, like they have more money than ever.
When it comes to the battle of generations, baby boomers often team up with the armies of Generation X to complain about how millennials are always on their phones, getting terrified when a check engine light comes into play. Luckily, if at the age of 21, your choice of transportation is either a 1958 MGA or a 1962 Austin Mini, you'll definitely prove them wrong. Chances are you don't have hours to spend on social media, while you're probably also aware that a randomly flashing oil pressure bulb doesn't necessarily mean the end of the world, at least when it comes to BMC B-series engines.
There's no question about it: If you want to blow minds with a vintage sports car, a classic Ferrari, a Porsche, and even a Mustang are all surefire ways to do just that. And Lord knows we here at GQ Style love those cars. But if you want to blow the right minds—the connoisseurs, gearheads, speed freaks, and taste gods — it's all about the early-'70s Datsun 240Zs right now. These Japanese marvels of mechanical engineering entered the American market as reliable, affordable, high-performance alternatives to the European imports that dominated when it came to exotic horsepower.