The sixth Edition of The Road Rat is something of a diversion as it features a theme — Italy. We wanted to something to recognise the suffering, way back at the start of all this, of a nation that, as enthusiasts, is something of a Promised Land. So prepare to learn the psycho-geography of Turin, the dining habits of Enzo Ferrari, the sheer brilliance of small Italian cars and a look inside the astonishing mind and archive of Giovanni Michelotti.
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- ISSUE 005
The fifth edition of The Road Rat, the first of four we plan to publish in 2020, is a unique collaboration with designer Marc Newson. Marc is as famous for his passion for cars as for designs like his Lockheed Lounge — the most valuable piece ever sold by a living designer. Marc has steered the editorial and contributed a ‘Numbers Commission’, which embraces his love of cars, craftsmanship and precision execution. Your very own nine-part Newson if you like.
- Issue 004
From its stunning Warhol/Velvet Underground tribute cover – yes the Miura does peel – to its 240 interior pages with stories on the precipitous decline of NASCAR to Tom Wolfe; from the Porsche 928 to the Duke of Richmond; and from the Miura to the Cizeta Moroder via Marcello Gandini, Issue 4 is the usual eclectic mix of old cars, new cars and personalities and all beautifully printed on our unique mix of heavyweight art papers.
- ISSUE 003
The third instalment of world’s most beautiful car quarterly is the most vibrant yet — from artist James Chuter’s ‘Yellow Submarine’ homage to our psychedelic Citroen SM shoot, via a look back over the highs and lows of five decades of V8 Ferraris, a look forward to a world of SuperEVs and an altogether different look for the classic 1935 German GP — in never-seen-before colour. Plus ‘Had Senna Lived’ by Manish Pandey and Design Notes from Flavio Manzoni.
- ISSUE 002
Weighing in at over 1kg/2.2lbs The Road Rat is more book than magazine; a timeless, collectable compendium of the greatest stories from the past, the present and future of motor cars whether on road or track. The follow up to the smash hit Issue One (“Pure artistry…” “Vanity Fair for cars…” “Legitimate, intelligent writing…”), Issue 2 includes: Porsche 917, Lancia Flaminia, Audi Avus, McLaren Speedtail, Trump, Domenicali, Yeager and Albert Hammond Jr
- SANCTION 2
- ISSUE 001
Exquisitely printed on a mix of heavy gloss and matt art papers, Issue 1/Sanction Two of The Road Rat is a beautiful thing. 244 pages (it weighs around 1 kilo) it is at once absolutely of the moment - Lewis Hamilton, the Aston Martin Valkyrie - yet simultaneously timeless as we dwell on the making of the modern Ferrari and the decline of the Mercedes SL. It’s not a place for hot takes but long-form, writing every bit as considered as our photography, illustration and design.
A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE ROAD RAT
The Road Rat is a new kind of car magazine. Not overly obsessed with the detail of old cars nor over-impressed with the performance of new; the Road Rat instead firmly believes there are good stories — real stories, stories to consume with relish — in both old and new and in racing too. But above all The Road Rat believes in the glory of magazines; lush, beautiful, valuable, collectable and exquisitely crafted magazines.
Think of us as a carefully-curated bookshop or an horizon-widening record store. We are proudly analogue and believe some things - but mostly beautiful cars - just belong in print. Our name comes from a saying that climbers have. ’Feeding the Rat’ is the need to deal with an obesssive need to climb. For us an open road, a track, a messy old garage and not a snowy mountain summit, is our ‘rat’.
The Road Rat’s logotype is set in a classic font. Futura Bold was created in 1947 so shares a birthday with Ferrari. Digital fonts, much like new cars can seem that little bit too perfect. So we’ve used wooden letterpress characters for a hand made look with tiny imperfections.
OUR FIRST COVER IMAGE
Once we’d decided on Lewis Hamilton for the cover we thought about how best to represent him as an icon of the sport — literally, so we turned to German ‘New Pop Realist’ Sebastian Kruger.
THE NUMBERS COMMISSION
Given that numbers are to be found all over cars and the world of cars, each issue of The Road Rat is punctuated by a commission based on the cardinal numerals 1 thru 9. In issue one artist Ian Bilbey created a fantasy series based on 1970s Formula 1 teams and another icon of the automotive world — the in-car air freshener.
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