A 1954 Pegaso, the exquisite Ferrari fighter than was born in Spain. A 1960 Dodge Matador, with the dizzying array of visual scoops and sweets that defined the sheetmetal architecture of Virgil Exner and his team. A 1968 Plymouth Barracuda that became the first race car of any kind to have a now-standard four-link rear suspension. Most car magazines don’t bother doing the sort of due diligence and pure research that’s necessary to discuss these rarely seen automobiles with any level of authority. Then there’s Crankshaft. We’re the quarterly journal on automotive and motorsport history that publishes meaningful, deeply sourced, definitive histories of hugely important cars that most publications tend to ignore, because studying their history requires geniune work. The second issue of Crankshaft is now going to readers, and its pages make clear what this magazine is all about.
Each issue of Crankshaft encompasses 144 perfect-bound pages on rich coated stock, with a textured cover and photography that equals the text. Among the other delicacies in the second issue are a retrospective on Lincoln as it begins its second century, the history of Brooklin Models’ wonderful diecast models of obscure cars, and the saga of the only 1935 Hoffmann microcar ever constructed. We proudly proclaim our respect for motorsport by including at least one major such article per issue; this time, we look at the legacy of Lions Drag Strip in Long Beach, California, where the daring blasted away through the oceanfront evening fog at drag racing’s greatest venue ever. Check us out, and prepare to be highly impressed. You can subscribe by visiting http://www.crankshaftmagazine.com.