Mille Miglia: Racing in a Living Museum

Some 1,000 miles of sleep deprivation, ego-inflation and mad driving in Italy

by Michael Frank It’s 4:30AM and Des Sellmeijer is on a shuttle bus in Parma, Italy. He’s headed to the start of the fourth and final leg of the 2015 Mille Miglia, a 1,000-mile road rally around Italy that circuits from Brescia in the north, outside Milan, to Rome, then back north again, through Tuscany, eventually finishing back in Brescia. This is the third night …

Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman

A documentary that traces the actor-turned-racer's love for the sport

Paul Newman appeared in 62 films and spent 50+ years as a respected and renowned actor, but his true joy was car racing. Newman the racer (and owner) is the subject of Adam Carolla’s new documentary “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman,” a film based on Matt Stone’s 2009 book of the same name, which explores Newman’s racing career—which he began at 48 years …

Interview: McLaren Automotive Chief Designer Robert Melville

The designer speaks about function, aerodynamics and experimentation

by Michael Frank McLaren is a race car company that has slowly morphed into making cars for consumers. The present-day voices behind the iconic British brand might shed a softer light on this transition, but like Ferrari before it, the driving force for McLaren until recently was Formula One racing. The cars for the street were there to finance racing, period. However the production cars …