This is another of the older car magazines I have in my collection. It's a title called Motor Guide, and this March 1957 issue, two months before I was born, includes a three-page article, The A-Bomb vs. Your Car. The article begins on the right side of the image above, page 13, and concludes on the spread, 14-15, below. Needless to say, the car, and its occupants, didn't fare well the closer you were to the bomb site... It's very interesting that this Cold War hysteria was so blatant so many years after we actually dropped the bombs in Japan. We all know that it would reach feverish pitch with the Bay of Pigs incident in 1961. This magazine's publication date, March '57, was 5-6 months before the successful launch of Sputnik by the Russians. Regular readers will recall my recent post about 1953's build-your-own garages and A-Bomb shelters...
The A-Bomb vs Your Car article concludes on this spread.
Motor Guide magazine apparently went monthly with this issue, Volume 2, Number 2. I've done some Googling to find out more about this magazine, but haven't come up with anything more more than a few issues for sale on Craig's List and eBay.
Also included in this issue were three "tech tests" of the upper-middle class market's Dodge, Pontiac and Mercury sedans for '57. Summaries: Dodge: Suspension is excellent, plenty of power. Pontiac: Nice ride for a family car—Good, substantial feel. Mercury: Hottest of three cars under test.
An article about Detroit's newest "fad," dual headlights, pondered the legality of such designs, as 11 states had not amended their motor safety laws to include 2 headlights-per-side. Very interestingly, the article concludes with the mention of the fact that "almost 40,000 persons a year" die in traffic accidents. In 2009, there were approximately 34,000 similar deaths. Considering how many more cars there are now, how much more crowded the entire country is, I don't think there is any more evidence needed that proves today's cars are the safest they've ever been, in very real, life-saving, ways.