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Marc UrbanoCar and Driver

The annual Car and Driver 10Best picks are out, and while each vehicle gets an extensive write-up about why it was chosen to be better than the rest in its segment, as with any good award there’s always a back story. Track Club members from our sister publication Road & Track got to hear those stories and more thanks to an exclusive virtual event held with Car and Driver editors. Editor-in-Chief Sharon Carty and editors Dave VanderWerp, Tony Quiroga, and Eric Tingwall went through each vehicle on the 10Best list and shared details about why each vehicle was chosen, including information about how the Ram 1500 TRX produced more post-drive smiles than any other vehicle. During a Q&A session, the editors talked about the lack of EVs on the list this year and how it’s not completely out of the question for an autonomous vehicle that still has the ability to be driven by human could land in the lineup at some point in the far future. VanderWerp told attendees to the virtual meetup: “I know that as the testing director I trade in data a lot. Here’s the data point from this year’s 10Best. There were more smiles of people that got out of the TRX than any other car there with the possible exception of the Boxster.” When asked about attitudes toward autonomous cars, deputy editor for reviews Quiroga said: “I live in Los Angeles. So if it’s dealing with traffic for me when driving isn’t fun, I’m down with that. Then if I go up into the canyons and it’s fun to play with and as good to drive as, you know, a Cayman or something. I’m all about that.” This type of access to the incredibly knowledgeable editors at Car and Driver—and much more—is available exclusively to Track Club members. Each membership level includes a subscription to the large-size, high-quality Road & Track magazine sent out six times a year. The double issues include 150 pages of the content you love in a high-quality magazine with exquisite photos suitable for even the fanciest coffee table. Members also receive invitations to live events (when safe to resume those), virtual experiences, and adventures around the globe including an insider’s journey to the Japanese Grand Prix and an exclusive tour of the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy. For those more interested in being behind the wheel, Road & Track will host rallies at racetracks and on some of the world’s most beautiful roads. Plus, there will be talks and discussions with some of the most influential people in our world, and members will get the white-glove treatment at auto shows, concours, and at Cars and Coffee events.Become a member of the Track Club for access to Road & Track magazine, experiences, and more ways to live the drive. There are three ways to join: The Paddock level membership will give people access to six issues of Road & Track along with unlimited access to digital experiences like the 10 Best chat with Car and Driver editors. It also comes with à la carte access to select experiences. Enter the Paddock here.The Grid membership includes an all-access subscription, a free monthly virtual meetup, and early access to all Road & Track experiences. Members will also get a curated welcome gift and dozens of discounts (including on Road & Track Shop products) and partner perks, plus VIP entry to racetrack and race events. Get on the Grid here.For ultimate enthusiasts, there’s the Founders tier. It offers everything found in the above tiers plus an ultra-exclusive entry to the Road & Track community. You’ll hang with global auto influencers and drive with Road & Track editors and writers at the top automotive events around the world (New York and LA auto shows, Indy 500, and Pebble Beach, just for starters). Members will be invited to Performance Car of the Year testing, where they can cast their vote for the new Founders’ Choice category, and the team will list these members’ names in every issue of Road & Track.BECOME A FOUNDER

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