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April 2007 Incoming... you said it.

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Feb 27, 2007

Mystery Six
A friend of mine e-mailed me the attached 6 Series pic. It's from the Internet. He thinks it's a composite pic done in something like Photoshop. I'd like to think it's real and out there somewhere, and I was wondering if you might know who the tuner is.

John Freibergs

We asked resident Photoshop expert, Eric Simpson, for his professional opinion. Like us, he wants to believe it's real, but suspects it isn't due to the lack of reflections transitioning from the hood into the bumper and quarter panels. Also, there's no visible hood seam, which would be a problem if you wanted to look inside the engine bay. Nice wheels, though. They're the same Schnitzers we put on our Project 6

XK vs. Taurus: Round Two
I've been reading your bylines (especially Bidrawn's) since your early Roundel days, and I want to thank you for your ongoing insights and observations of all things automotive. Oddly enough, I had to hand my wife your piece on the sanity that your new M3 imparts; I have the same relationship with my Dinan-spec E36 '96 M3 and I was appreciative that I could show her that I'm not the only one. With regard to some observations of my own, will someone please inform Ian Callum that despite his absurd claims that he is responsible for Jaguar's oval grille design, Malcolm Sayer is likely the individual to whom it should be attributed? Does anyone remember Mr. Sayer's 1961 E-Type? And the proportions and placement of the opening are what make the new XK look like a Taurus. Ian, you messed up, get over it and start working on a redesign for when Ford freshens the car in a few years. The car's waistline needs be tightened also, but one thing at a time.

Keith London

I mistyped if I intimated Mr. Callum 'invented' the oval grille. Of course the XK's grille pays homage to Sayer's E-Type, and Callum would likely be the first to confirm this. My point was more combating the notion that any sort of inspiration was drawn from a Taurus. And it's hard to argue that the new XK doesn't have a definite Callum-esque Aston Martin flair to it. -KF

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Skinny Tires?
I was just reading the January issue and came across an error in the comparison between the new 997 Turbo and the old but still very cool 959. Reading the 959's stats I noticed that the front tires were narrower than the rear, which I found to be odd. Turns out they are actually 255/40, not 225/40 like the magazine states. Just wanted to point it out, I know not much can be done now, but it's worth mentioning.

Ray Bukvic

You got us thinking about this one. We probed our dusty files from 1983 and found something interesting. Porsche had Bridgestone build a special series of RE71 tires to be wrapped around the 959's hollow-spoke wheels. These RE71s were an early version of run-flat tires and the 959 had no spare.

According to Bridgestone, Porsche asked them to build two different sizes: 235/45VR-17 in front and 255/40VR-17 aft. The tires were linked to sensors designed to detect low pressure levels. Funny how so much 959 technology is just now starting to show up on street cars.

Quitcher Whinin'
I'm a long-time reader and lately I've noticed a lot of readers complaining that you feature too many cars they can't afford. I'm tired of reading these complaints. I'm a gearhead and guess what? I make sacrifices to afford my hobby and passion. I do not go to bars, or do drugs. I do not smoke or take trips with the boys to Vegas for the weekend. I eat at the local fast food joint instead of having Filet Mignon and Merlot. I use my disposable income for the cars I love and dream about owning.

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The point is, being a true enthusiast means doing what it takes to drive what you want. You cannot always afford every car that graces the pages of the magazine. But you can dream, work hard, and sacrifice to get that dream car. Being a gearhead is about sacrifice, whether it be financial, time spent in your garage in the middle of the night or volunteering your time at the local track or autocross event. We are all car lovers and should never complain about any exposure to any type of car, whether we can afford it or not.

Casey Thomas
Leawood, Kansas

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