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Driving Like Crazy

Thirty Years of Vehicular Hell-Bending, Celebrating America the Way It's Supposed To Be — With an Oi

P. J. O'Rourke

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Driving Like Crazy celebrates cars and author P. J. O’Rourke’s love for them, while chronicling the golden age of the automobile in America. O’Rourke takes us on a whirlwind tour of the world’s most scenic and bumpiest roads in trouble-laden cross-country treks, from a 1978 Florida-to-California escapade in a 1956 special four-door Buick sedan to a 1983 thousand-mile effort across Mexico in the Baja 1000 to a trek through Kyrgyzstan in 2006 on the back of a Soviet army surplus six-wheel-drive truck. For longtime fans of the celebrated humorist, the collection features a host of O’Rourke’s classic pieces on driving, including “How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink,” about the potential misdeeds one might perform in the front (and back) seat of an automobile; “The Rolling Organ Donors Motorcycle Club,” which chronicles a seven-hundred-mile weekend trip through Michigan and Indiana that O’Rourke took on a Harley Davidson alongside Car & Driver publisher David E. Davis, Jr.; his brilliant and funny piece from Rolling Stone on NASCAR and its peculiar culture, recorded during an alcohol-fueled weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1977; and an hilarious account of a trek from Islamabad to Calcutta in Land Rover’s new Discovery Trek.

Publishers Weekly Review

Apr 06, 2009 – Humorist O’Rourke shifts gears, covering and combining past pieces on cars (for Automobile, Car and Driver, Esquire and Forbes) with new material to set this auto anthology in motion. Much has been reworked “because the writing—how to put this gently to myself—sucked.” Starting with car journalism language (“Drop the bottle and grab the throttle”), he steers the reader toward California cars: “Many automobiles were purchased to attract members of L.A.’s eight or ten opposite sexes.” He writes about a variety of vehicles, from off-road racers to Philippine jeepneys (“a Willys cut in half and lengthened”). Accelerating the humor, he updates his 1979 account of a 700-mile weekend trip through Michigan and Indiana: “I can imagine what the farm girls and small town teen angels who looked so longingly at the Harley-Davidson FXE-80 Super Glide would have thought if I had been riding a Segway: 'dork.’ ” His early essay “How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Getting Your Wing-wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink” is followed by wild road trips, NASCAR nights and selecting “a new grocery hauler, parent trap, Keds sled, family bus.” Never in neutral, O’Rourke offers laughter on wheels.
Driving Like Crazy
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Humor
  • Published: May 11, 2010
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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