The Car And Driver Manifesto: Dave E. Davis Spells It Out In 1963

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David E. Davis’ two tenures (1963-1967; 1976-1985) at the helm of Car and Driver are as legendary and controversial as the man himself. He was complicated, difficult and would turn on his friends, but he left a huge legacy in terms of a decidedly fresh (and increasingly self-conscious) style to automotive magazine writing. I stumbled upon his first column as the Editor, from December 1963, where he lays out his vision for Car and Driver.