Stronger than common sense
Passion is often stronger than common sense – and just as often, it is the force that drives something extraordinary into being. It can motivate people to make an invention, or build a fantastic career, or to fulfill a dream of any kind. With a clear goal in mind, mountains can be moved by sheer will.
Motorsport has always fostered exceptional talents, big characters, and above all, fighting spirits. It has always been a tough sport, with stiff competition, and only the very best make it to the very top. That was, of course, very much the case during Jo Gartner’s generation. With more determination than rational thinking, he embarked on a journey in motor racing. At the beginning of the 1980s, his star shone brightly. Then on June 1, 1986 it suddenly went dark. For years, Gartner had fought his way forward with incredible zeal, unbreakable willpower, and plenty of support from those around him. For years, he prepared his cars himself, transporting them to the track with his own trailer, toiling away in his home workshop, modifying parts, doing whatever he could to get the very best out of his hardware. With that attitude, he made it to the very top of motorsport, Formula 1 and Sportscars. The entire story of this passionate racer can be read starting on page XX.
At first glance, there isn’t much common sense behind the Corvette Grand Sport, either. This wild machine, with its big flares and air vents, was meant to be GM’s strong answer to the Shelby Cobra. In the US, a small team worked on the implementation of this V8 racer. The plan was to build 125 cars, but thanks to an internal decision by GM, it all came to an end much quicker than designer Zora Arkus-Duntov would have liked. After enough parts for just five Grand Sports were made, a promising program was nipped in the bud. For more on the most spectacular of the Stingray Corvettes, check out our feature from page XX onwards.
While we’re on the subject of common sense: in one area, we ourselves had to yield to reason a couple of weeks ago – as you will probably have noticed already while buying this latest issue of our magazine. As a marketing person would say, we had to adjust the price of your (and our) beloved AUTOMOBILSPORT. Let’s call it what it is: we had to raise the price. Apart from the work done by our writers and photographers all around the globe, our quarterly heavyweight is (and will continue to be) produced in its entirety in Germany. The location in combination with the quality standards we have set ourselves leads to steadily increasing costs, and in the end, we had no reasonable alternative but to increase the price somewhat as well.
We are convinced that it is the quality of AUTOMOBILSPORT that helps it stand out and makes it so popular. The high-class paper, the layout, the writing, the rare pictures – somehow, everything is a little different from everybody else. That is what you, our readers, have been telling us time and again, and we are proud of it, too. We don’t want to do it any other way. We don’t want to cut corners or do things at 90 percent. AUTOMOBILSPORT should continue to be how and what it is – a piece of exciting and vibrant motorsport history on the magazine stand.
We are confident that you will see it the same way and that you will continue to enjoy reading AUTOMOBILSPORT.
So, from our entire team, we hope you enjoy our latest offering, and wish you a very happy motor racing summer!