This is it: The piece I’m most proud of, all year. Easily. My return to New Mexico, with my baby son, to the ranch where three generations of Harper men have been born and raised.
BLOOMBERG March 24, 2011
This is every kid’s dream. I’m sitting in the Batmobile, a gonzo fantasy car with parachutes and fins so big they look like wings.
I’ve arrived at a custom-car garage in North Hollywood to meet two automotive legends — the original car from the 1960s Batman TV show (“Pow!” “Zap!” “Kaboom!”) and its creator, 85-year-old George Barris.
I’ve even been promised a drive in the Caped Crusader’s cruiser…if only it will stop raining. Continue reading…
BLOOMBERG March 10, 2011
I’m blinking sand from my eyes, rocketing down a dirt road off the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.
A hill looms ahead and my co-driver yells for me to gun it. I do, and all four of our dune buggy’s wheels quit the ground.
Now we are in the air, flying — control ceded to gravity — then snap back to earth.
“Do it again!” my buddy Boyd shouts. That went okay, so why not?
We’re in a $100,000 dune buggy, a race-built machine without doors or windshields, on a driving tour through the Baja California peninsula. Every few minutes the surreal beauty alternates with “am-I-gonna-survive-this?” adrenaline. Continue reading…
BLOOMBERG Feb. 24, 2011
That’s the sound of my credibility deflating as I accidentally trigger the windshield wipers, and cleaning fluid douses the entire scene in a fine mist.
So goes living with a Ghost. Over four days motoring around Los Angeles, I sip draughts of the good life, so afforded because of the assumption that I can afford this assemblage of sparkling chrome and butter-cream leather. The Ghost gets parked in the prime spot every single time. Continue reading…