Fast Guys, Rich Guys, and Idiots: A Racing Odyssey on the Border of Obsession
U of Nebraska Press, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 337 pages
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. ø 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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Fast Guys, Rich Guys, and Idiots: A Racing Odyssey on the Border of ObsessionUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Moses was a Sports Illustrated writer 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. Read full review
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