Fast Guys, Rich Guys, and Idiots: A Racing Odyssey on the Border of Obsession

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Sam Moses, a motorsports writer for Sports Illustrated, was assigned to go racing and write about what happened. Fast Guys, Rich Guys, and Idiots is a personal odyssey that peers over the cliff of change and into the pit of obsession. From small-time races to glittery grands prix, it lays bare the greed, lust, and desperation of every driver for time behind the wheel and a faster car. It explains the perfectionism behind taking a turn at the limit and describes the intoxicating thrill of stealing down the ...
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Overview


Sam Moses, a motorsports writer for Sports Illustrated, was assigned to go racing and write about what happened. Fast Guys, Rich Guys, and Idiots is a personal odyssey that peers over the cliff of change and into the pit of obsession. From small-time races to glittery grands prix, it lays bare the greed, lust, and desperation of every driver for time behind the wheel and a faster car. It explains the perfectionism behind taking a turn at the limit and describes the intoxicating thrill of stealing down the Daytona backstraight at nearly two hundred miles an hour.
 
The core of Moses's story takes place in the heartland of stock car racing, there he finds a spot on a team in Ether, North Carolina. The team's owner is a tough Louisiana oil man, its crew chief a lanky, laconic Texan, and its number-one driver a hairy-chested leadfoot who learned fast driving on backwoods Georgia roads, delivering beauty supplies in his Mustang. Crashes echo throughout the tale that follows, five of them the author's own.
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Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal

“A candid, often hilarious account of [Moses’s] experiences on the tracks, in the garages and in the gasoline alleys of the racing world—but especially memorable is the wild variety of characters Moses met along the way. The book might have been written twenty years ago, but racing is still populated by fast guys, rich guys, and idiots.”—Brock Yates, Wall Street Journal

— Brock Yates

Wall Street Journal - Brock Yates

“A candid, often hilarious account of [Moses’s] experiences on the tracks, in the garages and in the gasoline alleys of the racing world—but especially memorable is the wild variety of characters Moses met along the way. The book might have been written twenty years ago, but racing is still populated by fast guys, rich guys, and idiots.”—Brock Yates, Wall Street Journal
Library Journal

Moses was a Sports Illustratedwriter assigned to the racing circuit. In a George Plimpton-esque maneuver, he joined a stock car racing team to experience being in the pit. This 1986 volume relays his adventures. With racing a near religion for many, this should find a devoted audience.


—Michael Rogers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803210967
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 978,293
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author


Sam Moses was a staff writer for Sports Illustrated for seventeen years on the motorsports beat. He worked as deputy editor at AutoWeek and received automotive journalism’s prestigious Ken Purdy Award. He is the author of At All Costs: How a Crippled Ship and Two American Merchant Mariners Reversed the Tide of World War II.
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