The old-wood pine forests and gravel roads of the Neste Oil WRC Finland made for gorgeous scenery in early August. And Team Hyundai, plus two of their Finnish drivers, made for a great story.
Bring the rugged past to the present
The Land Rover Defender 110 and the Jeep Grand Wagoneer are two of the finest classic SUVs on the market; both are as capable as they are classy. The only question is: how much money are you willing to throw at these bad boys?
This week's news on wheels
This Week in Motoring: the most expensive car ever sold, plenty of eco-cars, the science behind Tony Stewart’s tragic sprint car accident, Motor Trend‘s awesome drag race and much more.
Big guns for those haulin' runs
It’s no longer enough for a big SUV to transport seven; it has to look good and feel good (for both driver and passengers) while doing it. Our intrepid Octane crew drove five of the best seven-passenger SUVs out there and found a flavor for just about anyone. While none of these five SUVs are perfect, each is grand in its own right by virtue of style, quality and utility.
What's New, Now
Today in Gear: Toyota’s shiny new FT-1, a custom motorcycle that’s moving art, a handsome mid-century reading chair and more.
The Week's Best Writing
Our best articles from the last few weeks. Just in case, ya know, you missed them: from learning how to make absinthe cocktails to our latest timekeeping series on affordable watches.
The Gear You Missed
This Week in Gear: British performance cars, classy shoes, high-end audio gear and much, much more.
GP was on the scene at Outside Lands 2014. We interviewed the members of Brothers Comatose, Local Natives, Tycho, Typhoon and Warpaint.
Three days in Golden Gate Park
Kanye wore a mask. Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips), a bodysuit. There was lots of denim, leather, and a handful of Chucks. Some sang the blues, some beat a drum. Big Freedia got white booties poppin’, and Kacey Musgraves left hearts to swoon. GP reports from Outside Lands 2014.
Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers, is a 1,850,000 square-foot engineering marvel. Plus, they’ll deliver beer and wine to your seat. Is this the world’s smartest stadium? Matt Ankeny made the visit to find out.
Cuban salsa, Canadian bluegrass, Welsh folk rock
Where the South China Sea meets the rainforest in Malaysian Borneo, there’s a music festival unlike anything in the West. GP contributor Will McGough visited to dance, bang on drums and hear some of the best music of his life.
“All Americans believe that they are born fishermen,” Steinbeck wrote. “For a man to admit a distaste for fishing would be like denouncing mother-love or hating moonlight.” We love our mothers and the soft light reflected by the moon — and at the risk of sounding presumptuous, we like to think we were born to fish. Our relationship with the sport is rooted in a primordial struggle of man versus nature, of course, but that just scratches the surface. We like the quiet time. We like packing a cooler of beer. We like the rods and reels and lures. Sometimes we like eating the damn things and other times we like throwing them back. We’re 50/50 on bucket hats. In the spirit of this great American pastime, Steinbeck’s “piscatorial religion”, we’ve put together the Fishing Issue, a collection of stories that take us from an airboat in the Florida Everglades to the Verrazano-Narrows in Brooklyn to the docks of Seattle’s Foster Island.
Follow the beer, sleep here
Today craft beer enthusiasts have even more cause to visit the Delaware: they have a place to stay. Dogfish Head has opened a beer-inspired hotel, in Lewes, Delaware, 11 miles away from their brewery: the Dogfish Inn. Designed in Brooklyn, the inn has 16 rooms available to rent, each decked out in beer-centric amenities. It’s modern, but doesn’t feel fancy; it’s a place where, after a day of sweating, screaming and laughing at the day’s adventures and misadventures, guests enjoy a cool craft-brewed reward, and bounce back out in the morning for more.
What to See, Read and Hear
This Week in Culture: rent Rory McIlroy’s former house, Discovery Channel deceives, Illegal downloads, remembering Robin Williams, Ferraris and more.