Mere weeks ago, if you’d asked us if we’d ever put a car on one of our front covers, we probably would have shaken our heads. “Not on your nelly, my friend,” we might have said. “We’re not one of those magazines.”
And yet here we are, at the launch of volume 29, with a race car undisputedly on our front cover. Or more precisely, a race car door on our front cover. Why? Well, it looks cool. But more importantly, there’s an interesting story behind this car door (and the other ones also featured inside). They all harken back to the days of Prohibition, when moonshine runners in the U.S. started modifying their rides so they could outrun the law. It’s a booze- and petrol-fuelled story that’s as much about craftsmanship as it is about history. But it’s also, undisputedly, about cars. How things change.
The rest of the issue is just as surprising. There’s a profile on an antiquarian horologist, who fixes antique clocks and robots. Antique. Robots. Who’d have thought it. We also meet a Spanish chicken farmer who became one of history’s greatest spies, learn why pirate radio is taking off in Argentina, and investigate the mysterious disappearance of half the world’s supply of Moon rocks.
But that, as they say, is not all. We chat with a Melbourne scientist who reckons he’s worked out how to survive a zombie apocalypse, sip Kentucky bourbon in a very out-of-place castle, try to fathom what bees know that we don’t, and read some poetry written by computers.
Sound up your very sophisticated alley? Go grab a copy now.
Across the ditch: Volume 29 should hit stores in New Zealand on December 24. Ask your local if it's not on shelves then.