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No brakes at ninety

Posted by on Aug 24, 2010 in Racing | 8 comments

Well that was exciting. Let’s not do it again sometime. Saturday, New Jersey Motorsports Park, 40 miles from Atlantic City. I’d spent Friday testing the new race car I’ve been posting about. I was also learning the track (dubbed Thunderbolt) and getting back in the swing of things after a 10-month layoff. The testing had gone fine (thanks...

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It lives! (Update: first action shot!)

Posted by on Jul 25, 2010 in Racing | 3 comments

It’s been a long haul (I believe I bought the donor chassis in December), but my Honda S2000, built to compete in Sports Car Club of America‘s Improved Touring R class, has finally hit the track … … in style. Friday, my comrades at Flatout Motorsports took the car to Watkins Glen International for a couple of important races. (Why...

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The TBR shelf, worth-a-thousand-words style

Posted by on Jun 23, 2010 in Reading |

Thing is, I do have a Kindle. But I prefer hardcopy for biography and history (hence the U.S. Grant, Dylan and Churchill); Joe Finder was available to autograph Vanished for me, and I couldn’t turn that down; and Day One, by my pal Bill Cameron, has generated so much buzz and praise that I knew hardcover was the way to go on that...

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Notebook dump!

Posted by on Jun 22, 2010 in Conway Sax, Purgatory Chasm, Writing | 4 comments

Time to hose out the Blackberry by dumping notebook ideas here. Fun fact: I can look back through old notebook dump posts (here, here and here, for example) and find ideas that have made it into books – including the title Purgatory Chasm. Kinda kool! (Well, I think so, anyway.) Here’s the new batch: Title: Western Star Man facing firing squad...

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Godspeed, Travis McGee

Posted by on Jun 15, 2010 in Reading, Writing | 3 comments

For some time after the great John D. MacDonald died in 1986, there were rumors he’d written a final Travis McGee novel in which McGee – hero of MacDonald’s best-known work, boat bum, under-the-table salvage expert, knight in rusty armor on a swaybacked steed – died himself. The rumors persisted, veered and flared awhile, as rumors...

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