THE ROAD RAT GIFT CARD £10

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A Road Rat Gift Card worth £10. Buy it to forward to a friend or loved one. Can be used in conjunction with our free downloadable greetings cards. Cannot be used to purchase a Subscription. We do offer Gift subscriptions that can be purchased separately. Valid for three months from date of purchase.

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The Ratchet #9 - Read Me

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The Ratchet #9.  A downloadable pdf to read on your chosen device.

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In Issue 9, our ‘F1 Comeback Special’ you’ll find a typical Ratchet mix of the the high and lowbrow. There’s McLaren F1 designer Peter Stevens’ self-illustrated history of F1 liveries; there’s former F1 Racing Editor, McLaren Comms Director (and now one of the architects of W-Series racing) Matt Bishop on batshit Austrian GPs of yore; Manish Pandey, writer of ‘Senna’ pens a prayer for a return to purity with the new regulations in 2022; and Richard Porter — aka Sniff Petrol — previews the weekend. Plus music. Plus food. Everything really, bar a boring old team-by-team guide. You can get that anywhere.

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The Ratchet #8 - Read Me

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The Ratchet #8.  A downloadable pdf to read on your chosen device.

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In Issue 8 we take on the scared cow that is Steve McQueen’s ‘Le Mans'. There are three takes on that including from Manish Pandey (writer of ‘Senna’) and our own Guy Berryman. We’ve given up the drinking (it was time) and this week’s ‘Quick Drink’ comes from cows. There’s the final instalment of the Ferrari cookbook (an easy one this week), music and and magical images from the open road as usual and a different take on the ‘tribute car’. Clock the ‘read me’ button for tablet or ‘print me’ to download, print and publish at home. All seven back issues are available by scrolling down.

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The Ratchet #7 - Read Me

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The Ratchet #7.  A downloadable pdf to read on your chosen device.

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We’re proud to share an excerpt from Maurice Hamilton’s new biography of Niki Lauda in the seventh issue of The Ratchet. It deals with the crash of Lauda Air Flight 004 and the extraordinary courage and commitment to the accidents’ victims Lauda displayed. There’s also: Sebastian Vettel; more recipes from the ‘Enzo Ferrari Cookbook’; wine from Indycar champ Jimmy Vasser; another despatch from automotive design critic Christopher Butt’s movie-car casting couch; Tom Arron’s unknown racecar series, and all the regulars. Clock the ‘read me’ button for tablet or ‘print me’ to download, print and publish at home. All six back issues are available by scrolling down.

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The Ratchet #6 - Read Me

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The Ratchet #6.  A downloadable pdf to read on your chosen device.

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In Issue 6 of The Ratchet there’s the craziest lock-down project you have yet seen — a sub 600kg 911 anyone? We also take a look at the sim racing revolution that’s taken hold in the last two months; there’s more recipes from ‘The Enzo Ferrari Cookbook’; a look at how their faith shaped Senna and Hamilton and how the correct casting of motorcars can make a movie. This week’s issue is 16 pages. Clock the ‘read me’ button for tablet or ‘print me’ to download, print and publish at home. All five back issues are available by scrolling down.

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The Ratchet Sticker Sheet

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The Ratchet Sticker Sheet.  A downloadable pdf to print on A4 sticker sheets at home. You will need scissors and/or a craft knife.

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The Ratchet #5 - Read Me

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The Ratchet #5.  A downloadable pdf to read on your chosen device.

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May 1st is for anyone in our world a day when we can’t help but remember Ayrton Senna. This year — with no F1 — the anniversary feels especially poignant so we asked Road Rat contributing writer and screen-writer of the movie ‘Senna’ Manish Pandey to write something for us, for you. Everyone here who has read that piece this week has been deeply moved by it. Also featured Enzo Ferrari’s favourite food and coffee-making tips from Marino Franchitti. We look at the convergence of F1 and The America’s Cup and our usual music and movies and memories of a time before all this.

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The Ratchet #4 - Read Me

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The Ratchet #4.  A downloadable pdf to read on your chosen device.

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In this fourth issue we present an exclusive collaboration with the design team at Morgan. Also we didn’t feel we had said all we wanted to say about Sir Stirling Moss last week so we have given over some pages to Peter Stevens, to F1-face Will Buxton and to a good friend of the Road Rat, Rob Halloway for their ‘Stirling Stories’. Peter, who as you know is the man who designed the McLaren F1, is also the nephew of the late Denis Jenkinson, the journalist who rode shotgun in that SLR back in May 1955. 

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The Ratchet #3 - Read Me

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We remember Sir Stirling Moss in this issue. Or rather writer Vaishali Dinakaren does. You’ll also find McLaren F1 designer Peter Steven’s on Neil Young’s extraordinary taste in cars and beautiful water colour drawings of many of the cars he’s owned. There’s the recipe for Ferruccio Lamborghini’s lunch of choice; Burkhard Bovenseipen’s amazing Alpina Wines; every racing driver’s favourite film; and our usual peeks in to the past and to the future when all this is over.

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The Ratchet #2 - Read Me

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In this issue we go inside Mercedes’ F1 engine operation and ‘Project Pitlane’ to better understand the sport’s impressive and impressively fast response to the crisis. Richard Porter — of Top Gear, the Grand Tour and Sniff Petrol fame — gets behind a looooooong lens to remember the heyday of scoop photography and Karun Chandhok prepares pepper chicken for you.

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The Ratchet #1 - Read Me

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The Ratchet #1.  A downloadable pdf to read on your chosen device.

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Introducing a download-and print, self-assembly Mini Road Rat designed for these locked down times. Same writers, same approach — marginally less elevated production values. Weekly until all this is over, everyone is safe and we get back to life ‘as normal…’.

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ISSUE 004

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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 it’s the usual eclectic mix of old cars, new cars and personalities and all beautifully printed on our unique mix of heavyweight art papers.

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The Road Rat Subscription from ISSUE 001

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Your four-issue subscription to The Road Rat - starting from Issue One -  future Issues will be released at approximately three month intervals and despatched to you automatically - dates to be announced.

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ISSUE 003

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Edition 3 of the world’s most beautiful car quarterly continues to raise the bar for writing, photography, illustration and design. 250 pages of mixed art papers with heavyweight covers, it tips the scale at over 1Kg/2.2lbs. As before the stories are timeless; The Road Rat is designed to be collected, building to become its own library of the very best stories from a century of cars and racing cars. Issue 3 includes; George Harrison, the Citroen SM, Lotus Evija and the Ferrari V8 berlinetti.

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ISSUE 001/Sanction Two

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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.

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