Road Trips, Head Trips, and Other Car-Crazed Writings

Overview

This book is a delightful, eclectic look at all things automotive. Including fiction, journalism, and poetry, it offers such classic voices as Ernest Hemingway during his newspaper days, John Steinbeck and his search for America (accompanied by his French poodle, Charley), and the wonderfully witty S.J. Perelman, whose letters to the neighbors tell of a disastrous cross-country voyage by car to California.

The good-ol'-boy world of stock-car racing travels to deepest France with...

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Overview

This book is a delightful, eclectic look at all things automotive. Including fiction, journalism, and poetry, it offers such classic voices as Ernest Hemingway during his newspaper days, John Steinbeck and his search for America (accompanied by his French poodle, Charley), and the wonderfully witty S.J. Perelman, whose letters to the neighbors tell of a disastrous cross-country voyage by car to California.

The good-ol'-boy world of stock-car racing travels to deepest France with hysterical consequences in Bob Ottum's "Heck, Mes Amis, It's Only Ol' Cale"; Hunter S. Thompson and his three-hundred-pound Samoan attorney terrorize tourists on the Strip in Las Vegas from their red Cadillac convertible; and P.J. O'Rourke tours Mexico in a ridiculously monstrous metallic-silver Lincoln Continental "mushbucket." Also included are works by Jim Harrison, Allen Ginsberg, Dave Barry, and David Halberstam.

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Editorial Reviews

Ann Arbor News
As these essays, poems and stories attest, the automobile is more to us than just a transportation device. Steinbeck, Hemingway, and Kerouac, along with thirty others, write passionately of the road, documenting the special bond we have with our vehicles and celebrating the places, people and things we meet.
Car and Driver
A consistently entertaining book.
David E. Davis
A great sampling of the best in our field. -- Automobile Magazine
European Car
If you enjoy the heart, soul and philosophy of cars as much as the sheet metal, this book is a "don't miss."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871137227
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1 PBK ED
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
The Freedom of Wild Ducks 11
How the Car Changed America 15
As Animals 22
A Fascination That Was 27
Juan Manuel Fangio 34
The Man Who Could Do Everything 48
A Letter 60
Heck, Mes Amis, It's Only Ol' Cale 63
Tragic Superhero of American Racing 74
Stand on It! 86
Out of Control! 99
Followers 104
History of the Studebaker Corporation, 1852-1923 109
The Bugatti 114
Car v. Bike 125
One Fake Ferrari 132
Down the Hatch 142
Rex Harrison Memorable in "Amateur Driver" Role 149
Wilf the Wheelman 152
Back Door Beauty...and Finally a Bit of Serious Drag Racing on the Strip 157
Streaked! 161
Log of the Earthtoy Drifthumper 165
Slow Down and Die 173
On the Horns of a Dilambda 176
On the Road 180
Night Driving 183
Not from the Back Seat 187
Car Prestige 193
My Brave New Face 196
Hiro Yamagata's Holy Ghost XX Century Automobiles 203
Border Patrol 209
Travels with Charley 220
Ruth and Augustus Goetz 239
The Great GP Trek 242
On the Road 250
Acknowledgments 255
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