If a magazine was noise then the new issue of C&SC – officially on sale in the UK on 2 August - would be thunder.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the awesome AC Cobra, we've gone snake crazy. First up, our big-engined Americano-aficionado Julian Balme wrestles the mighty 427 Cobra before hooking up with its pert sister, the 289.
Then Mick Walsh tackles the slippery-bodied but brutal 198mph Daytona, finding the hard-topped Cobra has lost little of its venom. Then he retraces the ’64 FIA GT Championship when Ferraris and Cobras would battle to the end.
Of course, we have got something up our sleeves that might even top the above. We tried before to bring the incredible Mercedes W125 to you, but that attempt was thwarted by a fractured oil pipe. This time it wouldn’t get off so lightly and, better still, we drove it at the place it calls home – the Nürburgring’s challenging Nordschleife.
Martin Buckley brings us back down to earth, but without the hint of a bump, as he drives the forgotten masterpiece the infinitely good-looking Alfa Romeo Praho.
Penned by Touring of Milan, the car was named after the fishing boats Touring’s Carlo Anderloni had admired while holidaying in Thailand. Nonetheless, the Praho would fail to persuade Alfa to switch its allegiances from Bertone of Turin, leaving it to slip into obscurity. Admirers of this Latin beauty will have an exclusive chance to see it in the metal in the UK at this year’s Salon Privé at Syon Park from 5-7 September.
Meanwhile, James Page brings us bang up to date with three cars with a lot in common: they’re all British, they’re all classic sports cars, and now they’re all being re-engineered for the modern world by British firms. Our deputy editor drives the Eagle E-type, the Jensen Interceptor R and MGB-bodied, Frontline LE50. They should break less, but what have they lost in terms of charisma? We find out.
Continuing the Cobra theme, we look at a pair of cars built on similar principles, but that preceded it and followed it by a generation. As well as a buyer's guide for the TVR Chimaera - a car that shared the Cobra’s brute force, but came 30 years later and will cost you as little as £8000 for a useable example - there is a full feature on the fascinating Railton LST, an Anglo-American hybrid that predates Shelby’s icon by the same margin.
Plus, there is a head-to-head with Ford and BMC’c 1962 rivals – the Consol Cortina and the Morris 1100, – and we drive the original 'Bond car’.
Then for good measure we have a 36-page pull-out 2012 Market Review – the comprehensive annual healthcheck of the classic car market – plus our definitive 14-page preview to Goowood’s unmissable Revival weekend, both in association with Credit Suisse.
And stacked on top of that are our regulars in the form of events, letters, columns, art, auctions, our classics and, last but not least, scroll down for our fantastic monthly wallpapers. Enjoy the issue!
Feel the thunder - download our Cobra wallpaper here.
Prefer yours with a roof? Click here for wallpaper of Mick Walsh in the Daytona.
Click here for a wallpaper of Mercedes Benz's fearsome W125.
Or click here for a wallpaper of Touring's forgotten masterpiece - the Praho.
Due to overwhelming demand, we are also making available this sensational rear shot of the Daytona Cobra.
Just click here to download it.