Road & Track is moving its headquarters from California to Ann Arbor, Mich., according to Hearst Corp., owner of the auto enthusiast magazine.
Car and Driver, another Hearst publication, already is based there. Hearst bought both magazines in 2011.
Larry Webster, former automotive editor of Hearst-owned Popular Mechanics, was named Road & Track's editor-in-chief, effective June 4. Former editor-in-chief Matt DeLorenzo will remain with the publication in an advisory role.
Road & Track now is based in Newport Beach, Calif., and Hearst said that office will remain open through the fall as the transition to Michigan takes place. A Road & Track spokesman declined to say when the move would be finished.
It's not clear how many of the monthly magazine's staffers will relocate to Ann Arbor. Jim Meigs, editorial director of Hearst's Men's Enthusiast Group, said the publication is talking with its staffers about who will go to Michigan, according to a report in Autoweek, an affiliate of Automotive News.
Meigs told the publication that the move will be a "disruption but also [an] enormous opportunity."
He added: "Larry [Webster] is out there working with them, getting to know people. Through that process we will determine, both through people's own interest and how they might fit the new demands of the magazine when it moves, where there might be good fits."
Road & Track has 29 editorial staff members listed on its masthead, and there are more than 40 contributing editors, artists and photographers.
Road & Track will be the third auto-enthusiast publication in Ann Arbor. In addition to Hearst's Car and Driver,
Automobile magazine, published by Source Interlink Media, is based there, too. Ann Arbor is about 40 miles west of downtown Detroit.
Road & Track has a monthly circulation of 617,533, according to an Audit Bureau of Circulations audit for the last six months of 2011.