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Present Perfect: 10 Modern Automotive Designs that Nailed It

The beauty of classic automotive design is often in direct struggle with modern safety and fuel economy standards, not to mention the latest in technology. But there are still a number of shining examples around today, ones that echo the past and ones that break new ground but don't break the rules of good taste. These ten prove that less is more and that automotive design is not on the rocks.

It's the little things that count

God is in the Details: A Survey of the Greatest Automotive Features

A car is certainly more than the sum of its parts, but sometimes it's the little details that make an otherwise good car iconic. These details can be subtle as the Mona Lisa's smile or bold as the LED spire on the new Freedom Tower, or, more often, somewhere in between. We've assembled a list of some of the best automotive features -- both innovative and artistic, groundbreaking and evolutionary -- to ever see the light of day.

10 Great Books to read in the AC or the open air

Your 2014 Summer Reading List

It's almost summer, which means that you'll finally have some time to finish the dog-eared copy of Infinite Jest that you started (with best intentions, we're sure) four years ago. Though if you wanted to read one of these instead, no one blames you.

Hawaii's Old Man in the Sea

Photo Essay: Ocean to Mountain in Kaua’i

Volcanic activity lifted Hawaii's oldest island up from the ocean floor six million years ago, and millennia of rainfall -- amounts on par with the highest on Earth -- have carved out deep valleys, gorgeous waterfalls and ridges that rise thousands of feet into the air like razors set on edge. In this photo essay we explore both summit and sea.

An Unlikely Expat

A Visit to Thule’s U.S. Headquarters in Seymour, CT

If you’re into the outdoors and own a car, chances are you own or have owned a Thule product for hauling your skis, bikes, kayaks and other outdoor gear. Nearly 80 percent of the company's products for the U.S. market are made in the states, many of them at their Seymour, CT facility. We dropped in for a visit.

The Party Circuit for Cyclists

100 Miles in Style: Best Gran Fondos

The best gran fondos recall 100 years of Italian cycling tradition with routes that trace the most famous mountain passes and historic races in cycling history. And then there's the hallmark of each event: the post-ride celebration, with plentiful food and wine. These five from around the world are the most worthy of your bucket list.

Sega vs. Nintendo

A Modern Man’s Guide to Retro Gaming

Nostalgia makes the original Sonic an appealing option for summer fun, but tracking down a Sega Genesis is easier said than done. We provide a few modern workarounds to help you play your favorite retro titles from the NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, Sega Master System, Dreamcast and Saturn.

Its a Jeep Thing, now you understand

Octane Icon: Willys-Overland Jeep

The Willys-Overland Jeep not only helped win World War II, it wrote the recipe for every Sport Utility vehicle that followed. In this edition of Octane Icon we dig into how that came to be.

The drive is the destination

10 Great Drives: Less Traveled, All-American

Long holiday weekends aren't just for sleeping in and backyard barbeques. Hop in the car, embrace the fresh air and hug the asphalt like you don't have a care in the world. There are a ton of great roads out there, twisty, straight and some off the beaten path. We've listed some of the best (and some less-traveled) for your vacation enjoyment and paired them with the ideal vehicle to maximize the experience.

$14 Well Spent

Complete Guide to 2014 Summer Films

Summer is movie season, and in a chaotic era of remakes, reboots, trilogies, and $14 movie tickets, it's nice to have a guide. We've gathered a mix of big names, indies that aren't disastrous or unbearably depressing, and some sneaky under-the-radar flicks, all of which should be worth your while. Oh, and we threw the rest at the bottom for you to stream after a long day at the pool.

Meet Your Summer Drink

The Michelada Three Ways

A michelada makes a shandy embarrassed to be liquid. We caught up with our friends at The Third Man in New York for three variations on the drink: one original, one with rhubarb and bourbon, the last with tequila and grapefruit.

Juniper, lime and absinthe

Fresh Five: Summer Fragrances for Men

Summer is an olfactory roller coaster, a time to trade in heavy colognes for something lighter. These five fragrances are our favorites.

bat dogs, biscuits, and $3 beers...sign us up

Minor League Baseball: The King of Summer Sports

If you’re looking for something to do on a Friday night this summer, put down the craft cocktails and go take in the American Pastime at its absolute best.

You were looking for something to do?

The 50 Best Festivals in America

Americans, we’re a people who enjoy a good gathering. It’s right there in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution: the right of the people to peaceably assemble, adopted on December 15, 1791 -- and darn it we’ve been doing it something serious since then. We caucus to select political representation, we gather around grills on July 4, we congregate in town squares to see who grew the biggest pumpkin. Most of all, we just like to get together and have a rollicking good time. That’s what this story is all about. It’s a survey of America’s greatest festivals, from a small-town California celebration of the local garlic crop to a skull-rattling military air show to the greatest collection of musical performers at one venue, on Earth. We’ve taken certain liberties in defining a festival, so you’ll also find a few conferences that have made an important impact in popular culture. Mark your calendars. Fill up your gas tanks. Pack some beef jerky. These are the 50 best festivals in America.

Have Fins, Will Travel

Three Diving Adventures to Plan Today

Swimming with Caribbean reef sharks in the Bahamas, exploring the Northern Hemisphere’s largest barrier reef, or crossing the thermocline boundary to explore ghostly WWII wrecks in Papua New Guinea might sound daunting, but whether you have three days or two weeks, there's time enough for one of these adventures.

Founder of Oskar Blues

Beers and Bikes with Dale Katechis

GP correspondent Will McGough goes for a bike ride with beer pioneer Dale Katechis and ends up with a bloody elbow and an appreciation for the canned beer movement.

The Time of Your Life

How to Wear One Watch For All Seasons

There are worse ways to spend your hard-earned money than on those pinnacles of the mechanical art. But there’s something to be said for wearing one watch all the the time. Buy one watch, wear it through thick and thin and create your own patina rather than purchasing someone else’s. Here's how to do it.

Spray tans, wine coolers and badminton. Not.

Welcome to Summer 2014

People who live in the tropics have a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it’s nice to drive around with the top down all year; on the other, most guys seem to end up with too-slick hair, too few closed buttons and a CGI tan. (Not to even get into the issues of equatorial squalor.) For the rest of us in multi-season climates, the arrival of longer days, fewer layers and colder beers is eagerly anticipated. Last we checked it was 72 degrees outside GP HQ, so we’ve decided to pull the trigger on our 2nd annual Summer Preview a few weeks shy of the solstice. What’s in store should keep you plenty busy until things really heat up: we’re visiting legendary car races, debating the best films of the season, taking you along on the summer’s biggest bike race, visiting the best festivals in America, mixing up the Michelada three different ways and much more. Axial tilt be damned: summer starts today.

Koreatown, 11:30 p.m.

Late Plates: Morten Sohlberg

A late-night scramble for eats with restaurateur (and farmer) Morten Sohlberg ends in Manhattan's Koreatown and a newfound appreciation for business bravado and impromptu barnyard surgery.

Collateral Damage

Godzilla, The Small-Scale History of a Big-Scale Monster

Sixty years ago, a sweating young man named Haruo Nakajima put on a 220-pound lizard suit and trounced a miniature version of Tokyo. Today, Legendary Pictures’ irradiated Godzillasaurus, three times the size of the original, is crashing through Hawaii and San Francisco on screens across the country. This is the story of how $1.5 million and a rubber suit launched a billion dollar franchise.

A New Solution for Impending Disasters

The Survival Capsule and the Future of Tsunami Safety

Six years after the 2004 Indonesian tsunami killed over 225,000 people, an aerospace engineer named Julian Sharpe imagined a new solution: riding the deadly wave of water. His idea was the Survival Capsule, a floatable and nearly indestructible sphere, with room for people and provisions. Now his design is becoming a reality -- but how effective will it be at saving lives?

Mediterranean Dynamo

Exploring Tel Aviv

In terms of age, Tel Aviv is practically an adolescent amongst its Middle Eastern siblings. The city was founded in just 1909 and that youthful exuberance can be seen in every corner of the thriving, secular scene. Its burgeoning creative community and coastal vibe harken a sense that Tel Aviv has no qualms giving Miami a run for its money. But instead of sprawl and house music, the city treats its visitors with endless Bauhaus architecture, a formidable music scene, fascinating cultural visits and excellent food -- and a rousing nightlife. Following up his trek across Cuba, GP's Jeremy Berger recently traveled to the "The White City" to spend two weeks immersing himself in the city's offerings, speaking with local experts on hotels, design, food and beer -- even making an ambitious trip southeast to Israel's earnest municipal, Jerusalem, to run the marathon.

Finding the Foodie Gems of Israel's Second Largest City

Photo Essay: A Food Tour of Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv-based photographer Danya Weiner and food stylist Deanna Linder share their picks for the city's best restaurants.

The Bear Essentials

An Everyman’s Guide to Survival Gear

You never know when things might take a turn for the worse. Match up to your skill level and ensure you've got the right basic survival gear with our survey.

You Can Give a man a fish...

Life Lessons in Borneo

GP contributor Will McGough goes fishing in Borneo and reels in a dose of humility.

Deadly Salmon, Banana Rafts, and other

GP Tales of Near Death in Nature

We love outdoor adventures, but sometimes they don't love us back. Five GP staffers discuss their scariest run-ins with the elements.

Bring An Enemy

10 Most Dangerous Hikes

Stick anyone next to a cliff and they'll inch forward and peek over; put anyone in a supercar and they'll double the speed limit. We all want to stay safe and comfortable, sure, but in those moments when we lose our footing and time slows to a crawl, we are undeniably living in the moment. Call it suicidal or call it truly living. Here are ten trails that return hikers to their baser need: staying alive.

A Three-For-One

How to (Ad)Dress an Animal, a Wound and an Audience

From the Archives: There are a small fistful of skills so fundamental, so downright useful, that they transcend time, place, and profession. Here are three: how to address a crowd, dress an animal and dress a wound.

A Heavy-Hearted Take on Today's 24

A Eulogy for Jack Bauer

One Gear Patrol writer's love of 24, and his dismay at the state of the show's recently renewed run.

And they said the West was wild

A Civilian’s Guide to Military Watches, Part Two: The East

As it goes for just about anything “military”, issued timepieces are some of the most collectible in the watch world. Between enthusiasts looking for a rugged watch to go on adventures with, fashionable folks pulling off military-inspired looks, and history buffs bolstering their military regalia collection, the military watch market faces the perfect storm of demand. Couple that demand with a fixed number of issued timepieces, and you start to see the whole picture. The rabbit hole of military watches and their history delves very deeply, very quickly, so we've broken our overview into two parts: those countries from the West with influential and interesting military timekeeping history, and those from the East. This week, the East -- Japan, China, Russia, India and Australia -- flexes its stuff.

Whatever suits you

From Savile Row to Detroit, Five Custom Suit Makers to Know

Geography plays a huge role in bespoke suiting options -- to get the benefit of custom-made, you need to be there, after all. These five shops from around the globe cover a wide range of custom options, price points and styles.

Glacial peaks, wild rivers and one totaled car

Photo Essay: Wild Oregon

Over the course of 2,500 miles of driving and exploration, photographer Chris Burkard encountered glacial peaks, wild rivers, rain forests, volcanic lakes, historic rock climbs and even the home of The Goonies. His stage: the great state of Oregon in the devastatingly grand Pacific Northwest.

Take a Break from Work for a visit to Hanapepe, Hawaii

GP Short: And Now… 30 Seconds of Waves

Tucked away behind a small industrial complex in Hanapepe on the Island of Kauai lies a hidden local treasure: Glass Beach. And just a short walk east from the parking area, one can find an even cooler gem -- a naturally formed lava arch and keyhole cave on a jagged dark amber shoreline, where firm breezes make the tumbling waves a sight to behold.

The Life Subaquatic

A Brief History of Underwater Living

Underwater habitats have a 50-year history of scientific discovery, tight living quarters, long decompression times and insane amounts of risk. Just four of them have advanced us from dipping our feet tentatively to emerging from a moon pool in a home away from home hundreds of feet at the bottom of the sea.

Time On Our Hands: DOXA SUB Professional Mission 31

A Storied Watchmaker and a Storied Family Dive Together Again

DOXA and the Cousteaus have a hell of a history together. When Fabien Cousteau heads underwater in June to beat his grandfather's record 30 days spent in Conshelf Two, he'll be wearing a DOXA SUB Professional Mission 31.

A New Home For American MotoGP

Photo Essay: The Grand Prix Of The Americas

Each corner at the Circuit of The Americas is an homage to the most iconic turns from the world of Grand Prix. The track's red, white and blue runoff areas make a declaration that's even more clear when seen from above, perched atop the infield's 250-foot observation tower: the international motorcycling scene has found a vibrant home in America.

15 Hikes, 15 Days

15 Best Day Hikes in the Northeast

These day hikes are not pretenders. We surveyed the northeastern U.S. to find the best 15 hikes, spread out across 9 states. If you have a car (in some cases you don’t even need one), you can find an accessible 10 miler with manageable distances, notable views and unique trails for a long, fulfilling Saturday.

Hiking Hut to Hut in the White Mountains

Don’t Underestimate the Whites

From the Archives: For thru-hikers of the AT, the White Mountains are a cruel joke, coming near the end of a months-long journey that begins in the gentle hills of Georgia. But while the Whites can be cruel, they are also kind. Among the rocky steeps is a series of huts where a weary hiker can find a soft bed, warm smiles and hot meals.

A Comprehensive Guide to Ignoring Friends and Family

The 50 Best iPhone & iPad Games

Consoles don't provide much in the way of portability (anyone else ever own this masterpiece of engineering?), and grown men carrying Gameboys often attract the wrong kind of attention, but mobile games offer interactive experiences on the devices that most of us carry every day. They allow us a bit of serenity when we need it most -- in the airport, on the subway, at a questionable mid-life Bris. Here, we've provided a list of 50 of the best games made for iOS. Play at the risk of your relationship.

No Mere Accessories

The Rise of the Fashion Watch

It wasn’t so long ago that watches with fashion brand names on their dials were routinely dismissed as pretenders, mere arm candy for people with more money than good sense or taste. While there are still plenty of those watches twinkling from department store jewelry counters, other brands -- ones more often associated with jewelry, luggage and trench coats -- have quietly elbowed their way into loftier company. These five made a splash at this year's BaselWorld.

A Far-East Beauty

Essentials Inspired by the 1970 Datsun 240Z

For those dreaming of a vintage car collection, the Datsun 240Z is a great place to start. But you shouldn't drive it in a dirty tee and sweatpants. We hunt down some great gear and garb from the era and the area from which the 1970 240Z hails.

Short and Sweet

Five New Short Story Collections to Read Now

Thanks to contemporary authors like George Saunders and Jennifer Egan, short stories have recently been getting the attention they deserve. Here are five more authors who honor the form.