Back on Track
The head trauma piece is something I'd expect from the New York Times, not from a magazine that feeds the fantasies of would-be racers. Racing legend Denise McCluggage calls Webster's decision to publish it "a very important thing. It's clear that Larry intends to do journalism."
Now that he's made Road & Track more serious--not to mention smarter, funnier, and better looking--all Webster has to do is win a new generation of readers.
"I hired Larry at Car and Driver," recalls former C/D editor Csaba Csere. "He was a gofer, originally"--one of the young car nuts who do scut work like gassing and cleaning the test cars.
"I don't know if Csaba hired me as much as I forced him to hire me," jokes Webster. He earned a mechanical engineering degree at Lehigh, worked for a couple years--and then came back to C/D for a second stint as a gofer. "I just sort of rolled the dice," he says.