Category Archives: cars

Slingshot Dragster 1954

The other day an old nightclub owner was denigrating the influence of Islamic thought on civilization. “They really created nothing.” “What you mean nothing?” I didn’t mention that algebra succinctly meant ‘reunion of broken parts’ in Arabic. “No rockets, no telephones, no TVs.” “That’s all crap.” “Crap?” John and I liked to argue. “Yes, plus […]

Fugly Americans

When I was young, I shopped at different stores for different gifts. Your choices were delights. The prices were good and the quality guaranteed the products might last six months or more. Sam Walmart and his family has eliminated the corner stores, the main streets of America, and the curio stores by a scorched-earth policy […]

NO SWIMMING ALLOWED by Peter Nolan Smith

The weather forecast for September 9, 2001 predicted a sultry warm day for the lingering summer of 2001. My friend Alia had transported a Porsche Boxer from the UK and her high-octane convertible was awaiting clearance at the Newark Customs. The British diplomat asked me to accompany her to the Jersey docks and I agreed […]

LiTTLE GTO

I dream of 1969. The GTO is red. A blonde is behind the wheel. Her skin white. Untouched by summer. Spring on a highway heading south Florida in the distance. Her hand shifts to fourth. Her foot presses on the accelerator. Faster faster.  Go GTO go. Her name is Dee Dee. She has too much […]

WHEELS OF FIRE by Peter Nolan Smith

In the late summer of 1971 my college friend Paul Deseret and I hitchhiked from Boston to San Francisco. Our friends were living in the Haight. They were girls. I had had sex with one of them and sleeping with Marilyn again was enough of a reason to cross a continent, especially since neither Paul […]