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Not the same, but Not to be Missed,
This review is from: The Ferrari in the Bedroom (Paperback)
Even though there are no stories of Flick and Schwartz here, this book still brings the laughs, particularly to the afficionado. This isn't a book to introduce Shepherd, this is for the fan who already knows how funny he can be. The best story here is about a trip to the 1939 Indy 500. Only Brock Yates in his novel "Against Death and Time," has ever presented a more clear picture of what it must have been like, to be a spectator at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Next in quality is Shepherd's view about how car makers will keep trying to make cars safer, and drivers will still find ways to smash them into one another, or into other unyielding objects. 40 years later, and the piece rings true as ever. As he writes, "There are a lot of ways to prang a Buick," and in 2010 we're still doing it, despite every gadget the car makers come up with. Another good laugh is Shepherd's appearance on a TV fishing show, done at a God-forsaken spot in the Wisconsin tundra in mid-January, in the company of Playboy bunnies who would have been untouchable even if Shep were smooth enough to try his luck. After reading this, I began calling my wife "Bunny ---," (insert first name) though as a non-Shepherd fan she doesn't get the joke. And of course, what race fan wouldn't buy a Ferrari bed, if such were being made? And on it goes. The least known of Shepherd's 4 books, this one has some of his best writing tucked away in it. a small venture through Maine, a depiction of a plane ride with a bunch of guitar-playing college kids that would make anybody long for the pre-9/11 days when you could take most anything on a plane.
The low spots are a piece about the environment (Yawn,) and one about two aging potheads trying to bring back the '60s. in 2012, who in his right mind would want to do that?
take those away and you have a book as good as his other 3, though less well known.