by Gunnar Heinrich ::: img (1987) CAR Magazine via Flickr ::: Road Comparison Test Issue
THUMB through the pictoral mountain that is Flickr and you’ll find an account called “Trigger’s Vintage Road Tests!” It’s awesome. For one thing, “Trigger” posted a 1987 comparison issue from CAR that compared a quartet of 80s luxury rock stars – the BMW 750iL, Bentley Turbo R, Jaguar Sovereign, and Mercedes-Benz 560SEL. Girly squeal! He’s done us auto aficionados a great service. Here’s why:
Naturally, the review acknowledges the 7er’s then newcomer status and technological superiority (which hurt the e34s in the long run), trashed our beloved 560SEL for woolly road manners, and made lots of positive excuses for the Bentley and by-that-time ancient Jag.
Final say was given over to a separate op-ed from a daffy old British scribe and sometime air traffic controller named L.J.K Setright. Mr. Setright whose long scraggly beard could’ve passed him as a body double for a member of ZZ Top was vicious in his rebuke of every car save the Bentley and, tellingly, judged even the Turbo R as inferior to 60s-era Bristols. Right.
Anyway, the articles made for great reading. To view them you have to enlarge each image manually (a pain) but I, for one, am grateful to Trigger. Posting vintage auto press is a great service that the auto mags themselves fail to fully appreciate. The established auto press sit on a mountain of archives and this is rich content that gearheads would really use online.
As of 2011, there generally remains a real dearth of quality content online for fans of cars older than 2005.
In a simple way, Trigger has filled a void and has set a good precedent for automotive publications.