Ed. in excelsis

Ed., as he (I suspect it’s a he, but there’s no evidence one way or another at the moment) has always styled himself, delivers the occasionally laughing, occasionally lacerating responses to reader letters in Car and Driver. (I owe my present-day subscription, which began in 1978, to Ed.’s tenderizing ministrations.)

In the April issue, a reader complained about a comparison:

[Y]ou lost me when you stated that Maserati wishes it had a sedan as beautiful in its stable. Mazda’s sedans don’t hold a candle to either the Quattroporte or the new Ghibli. Look, the 6 is an attractive car, but you’ve done what my ex-wife does all the time — exaggerate to make a point. Never a good tactic when you really want to make a point that someone will actually believe instead of causing a massive eyeroll.

Said Ed.:

I can’t imagine why you’re not still married.

Incidentally, I will apparently get a chance to evaluate this comparison for myself: Bob Moore, who owns the Mazda dealership in town — and from whom I bought my current Infiniti — is getting a Maserati store.


  1. John Salmon »

    8 March 2014 · 11:37 am

    I guess Road & Track is the only car mag that never went for the sarcastic approach to letter responses. Too “classy” for that. I’m sure you remember when R & T was in its heyday and had all that great artwork and photography; really was classy.. On that Maserati dealership-more evidence that the economic weight of the country is still moving south and west.

  2. CGHill »

    8 March 2014 · 4:00 pm

    I’m still trying to get a handle on the current R&T, (mostly) minus Peter Egan but plus Jack Baruth.

    Jackie Cooper, who vends BMWs and Minis here, also sold Masers and the occasional Roller here in the 1970s and early 1980s before the Big Oil Bust; we have been mostly devoid of exotic-car dealers since, though the Mercedes store downtown may have actually sold a Maybach or three.

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