Brett Berk

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Monday

15

August 2022

A Night At The (Bugatti) Museum

Written by , Posted in Car and Driver

I spent the night at the Bugatti Chateau. Not in the chateau, mind you. In a geodesic plastic glamping tent outfitted with two air conditioners, a bottle of Costco whiskey, and selected accoutrement from the Bugatti Home Collection, including a cashmere blanket and a scented candle. In this way, I was introduced to the Bugatti lifestyle, and if you read this article, you can be too.

Monday

8

August 2022

Shifting Perspective

Written by , Posted in Car and Driver

Anthony Schmidt has loved cars since he was born. “It’s common for people with autism to have a special interest, and for me, that was always cars.” His new photo books take that affection to an interesting arena, shifting perspectives both literally and figuratively.

Monday

8

August 2022

Monday

8

August 2022

Monday

8

August 2022

The Most 80s Story, Ever

Written by , Posted in Car and Driver


Does smuggling hundreds of thousands of tons of weed from South America to Miami in decommissioned cargo ships in order to fuel a winning professional 1980s racing team sound like a two-part episode of Miami Vice? Well, it could be. But itís also Randy Lanierís life, and now itís a book and you should read about it, and then read it.

Wednesday

27

July 2022

I-Pace In Palm Springs

Written by , Posted in Palm Springs Life

Hiding weed in an electric Jag.

Click on the thumbnail above (and then click again) to read the story. Or just go to Palm Springs and visit any hotel lobby or hotel room to read the story yourself.

Monday

25

July 2022

Tach-y

Written by , Posted in Hemmings

In my youth, in the Malaise Era Detroit of the 1970s and 1980s, a tachometer was a rare sight. This was, in part, because nearly everybody in the Motor City still drove American cars back then and domestic cars, even ostensible performance cars like my brotherís 1978 Pontiac Firebird or my friendís manual-transmission Ford Tempo, didnít have a tach. I find out why.

Sunday

24

July 2022

Coachbuilding for Fun and Profit

Written by , Posted in Road & Track

But mostly for profit.

My latest for the Hand Made issue of Road & Track. Click on the thumbnails above to see a crappy scan (and then click again to see an even bigger crappy scan) or just subscribe to the magazine already, you chintzy bitch. It’s really good.

Saturday

23

July 2022

A Story 45 Years in the Making

Written by , Posted in Radius

When I was 8, and obsessed with Duesenbergs, I started an independent research project on E.L. Cord, the man who brought the Duesenberg Motor Company to life. My dad brought me to the public library regularly to peruse old periodicals, and print out microfilm articles, to piece together Cord’s outrageous life..

Now, 45 years later, I’ve finally finished this project, with a story on Cord’s efforts. It was just published in Hagerty’s amazing new magazine Radius, with a layout so gorgeous it’s a shame you can’t all insure over $100 million in cars with them and get a copy for free yourself.

Instead, you’ll have to make do with reading crappy scans. Click on the thumbnails above to enlarge (and click again to enlarge more.)

Saturday

23

July 2022

Could Have Been II

Written by , Posted in Car and Driver

In the 90s, BMW was on a secret mission to create a four-seat convertible to rival Mercedes. This M5 Convertible was one of their (failed) attempts.

Click on the link, and then click again, to view a crappy scan. Or just buy the magazine on the newsstand, you chintzy bitch.