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Blackbird Automotive Journal Vol.12 (Summer 2017)

In our twelfth volume of the Blackbird Automotive Journal, we endeavor to understand the eternal forces that push motoring and motorsport ever-onwards.

Japan’s most recognisable race circuit, Fuji International Speedway, turns fifty years old this year, and Blackbird joined the celebrations to better appreciate Fuji’s hand in pushing successive generations of Japanese cars and drivers to new heights. We next move across the Pacific to Amelia Island Concours, and then to Daytona Speedway for Ferrari’s annual Finali Mondiali end-of-year celebrations marking seven decades of excellence from the Italian automaker.

The constantly-evolving world of Formula One is well represented in this volume, with a look back at the sport’s greatest losers; brilliant drivers who, thanks only to unfortunate twists of fate or team orders, never found themselves crowned champion. Next, F1 photographer Hiroshi Kaneko, a veteran of 40 years in the traps, tells us what it took to be the best then, and what it still takes to be the best now. After a look at the state of this year’s Formula One championship, we delve into the story of El Caballo II, an American racer heading back to the Mille Miglia to settle unfinished business.

Volume Twelve rounds out with Tesla’s big-but-fast Model X P100D, the visceral Porsche 911R and the thunderous new Mercedes AMG E63 S 4MATIC+ being put through their paces.

Find all this and plenty more in Blackbird Automotive Journal: Vol 12, available now.

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