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.