Ann Arbor, Michigan, is best known for the University of Michigan, punk rock progenitor Iggy Pop, and foodie favorite Zingerman's Delicatessen. We know, you're wondering why you should care. Well, it's also now home to three of the four major monthly car magazines.

Hearst Corporation has announced that Road & Track will be moving from Newport Beach, California, to Ann Arbor over the summer, joining its other automotive title, Car and Driver. Automobile also calls Ann Arbor home, as does R&T's new editor-in-chief, Larry Webster. He will take over for current boss Matt DeLorenzo on June 4.

Webster had been automotive editor at Popular Mechanics since January 2010, and worked for Car and Driver for years before that. He has a mechanical engineering degree from Lehigh University and counts racing and vintage car restoration among his hobbies. Scroll down to read the full press release.
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Magazine to Relocate to Ann Arbor, Mich., from Newport Beach, Calif.

NEW YORK, May 31, 2012 – Larry Webster has been named editor-in-chief of Road & Track, it was announced today by James B. Meigs, editorial director for the Hearst Men's Enthusiast Group. Webster joins Road & Track on June 4, replacing Matt DeLorenzo, who will transition into an advisory role for the magazine.

Since January 2010, Webster had been automotive editor of Hearst's Popular Mechanics, overseeing the development of the magazine's automotive content across print, web, broadcast and tablet platforms. He was also responsible for managing the auto staff, editing all automotive content and writing reviews and features. Previously, Webster was the Detroit editor for Popular Mechanics since August 2008.

"Road & Track is a storied brand with a deep footprint in the automotive world," Meigs said. "I'm glad to welcome Larry on board to lead the team and oversee the transition to Michigan. His wealth of experience will deepen the relationship that Road & Track has with its readers and also enhance the offerings of the brand."

Meigs added, "We appreciate all of Matt's work on the Road & Track brand, particularly during its integration into the Hearst portfolio, and value his assistance during this transition."
Road & Track will relocate its offices from Newport Beach, Calif., to Ann Arbor, Mich., where Hearst's other automotive title, Car and Driver, is based. During the transition process, the Newport Beach office will remain open into the fall.

"Road & Track is the magazine that turned me into a car enthusiast, so it's an incredible honor to be asked to get behind the wheel of this iconic brand," Webster said. "Moving the team to Ann Arbor will put us right in the middle of all the exciting developments this industry has to offer, and that's something I'm thrilled about."

Before joining Popular Mechanics, Webster was technical director of Car and Driver from 2004 to 2008, where he managed a team of editors and writers, and was the magazine's chief test driver and instructor. He was also the host of Car and Driver Television from 2002 to 2005, where he was the on-camera talent, as well as scriptwriter and stunt driver. From 1995 to 2004, Webster was technical editor for Car and Driver.

Webster is an amateur race car driver who has competed on over a dozen of North America's premier circuits and is a serial collector of vintage cars, which he restores in his home shop. He has a mechanical engineering degree from Lehigh University and is a graduate of several Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) programs.

Road & Track (, published by Hearst Magazines, is the longest-running automotive magazine brand in the United States. The content that is provided by Road & Track across a variety of platforms is intended for the passionate automotive enthusiast and contains information about cars and driving combined with wide-ranging feature stories and racing coverage. Road & Track's road tests and comparison tests set the industry standard for precision, focusing primarily on domestic and imported sports cars and sports sedans that are a cut above the ordinary in performance, handling, engineering and efficiency-cars that are above all, fun to drive.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Welcome to Michigan. I hope you enjoy the snow and cold. Your not in cali anymore.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it weren't for Peter Egan's I probably wouldn't read R&T at all.
      Wes Mantooth
      • 3 Years Ago
      Peter Egan and Ezra Dyer are two of my favorite writers. some smart folks up in ann arbor
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm happy about the editor in chief change, Road and Tracks reviews have been pretty dull and short for years, really lacking flavor, hopefully Webster at the helm will fix this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its cold in the D! Major props to any of the employees who are actually going to make the move from Newport Beach, CA to Ann Arbor
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 3 Years Ago
      Used to subscribe to the big 4 since before there was a big 4 but I finally let R&T go. Reviews of the latest Bentley and 8 page stories on the Boomfaaq rally are interesting to some I guess but I just can't relate.
      • 3 Years Ago
      While it may suck for those being asked to move from sunny and beachy California, it makes good business sense on two fronts: 1) I can't imagine the difference in living/business expenses between Orange County and metro Detroit; and 2) now they can perform automotive tests on something other than the low octane swill they call "gasoline" in California.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Alright let's try that again, I see "& amp ;" without the spaces. Funny, it doesn't do it in ur comments so why in titles?
      • 3 Years Ago
      mmmm. Zingermans.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hopefully the magazine will get a little more life at their new location. I've been looking through R&T magazines before I could actually read and while nowadays I get all my info from the web and have found some pretty good readings from other automotive magazines, I always end up spending a few good hours whenever I open up an R&T issue, never feeling like it's time wasted. Unfortunately, over the last year or so I've noticed how sickly thin the issues have become compared to their healthy status back in the early 2000s. I know it's thanks to sites like AB and the general decline of the printed industry, and I'm guilty of feeding the trend since nowadays I always think "online first, printed material second". But the day R&T closes doors will be a truly sad day for me, so here's hoping that this move proves to be fruitful and that ending day will be far, far away.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog, I have an iPhone, and everytime you post something with "and" in it, I see "&" in the title previews list under the "latest" section in my app. Fix this now, and if the man in charge doesn't know how to read code, sack him and hire someone who does. Love Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      So dumb that all of those magazines are snow bound all winter then drive frost heaved roads in the spring. Just not what most of the country sees.
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