I met a friend of spirit *
He drank and womanized ^
And I sat before his sanity
I was holding back from crying
He saw my complications
And he mirrored me back simplified
And we laughed how our perfection
Would always be denied
"Heart and humor and humility"
He said "Will lighten up your heavy load"
I left him for the refuge of the roads
I fell in with some drifters
Cast upon a beachtown
Winn Dixie cold cuts and highway hand me downs
And I wound up fixing dinner
For them and Boston Jim
I well up with affection
Thinking back down the roads to then
The nets were overflowing
In the Gulf of Mexico
They were overflowing in the refuge of the roads
There was spring along the ditches
There were good times in the cities
Oh radiant happiness
It was all so light and easy
Till I started analyzing
And I brought on my old ways
A thunderhead of judgment was
Gathering in my gaze
And it made most people nervous
They just didn't want to know
What I was seeing in the refuge of the roads
I pulled off into a forest
Crickets clicking in the ferns
Like a wheel of fortune
I heard my fate turn turn turn
And I went running down a white sand road
I was running like a white-assed deer
Running to lose the blues
To the innocence in here
These are the clouds of Michelangelo
Muscular with gods and sungold
Shine on your witness in the refuge of the roads
In a highway service station
Over the month of June
Was a photograph of the earth
Taken coming back from the moon
And you couldn't see a city
On that marbled bowling ball
Or a forest or a highway
Or me here least of all
You couldn't see these cold water restrooms
Or this baggage overload
Westbound and rolling taking refuge in the roads
Only just discovered Driven - wonderful stuff, keep up the good work, I can't agree with everything but why would I!
Please, more Scottish travelogue I'm planning already for next year
Just a very quick 'Hello' to let you know I've followed up your suggestion and visited the site. Only got 5 minutes as Mrs. R has tea on the go.
Not quite sure from the site, have you done one book or two. There is definitely one called Driven. It looks like you maybe had more success with Veloce than I did.
Anyway, hope you are keeping well. I've graduated from lazing in the garden to trying to research an objection to a planning application today. Riveting. Also doing some reading and writing, nothing on the motoring side at present though.
Your car looks good, the numbers on the side look to be a good Yorkshire price.
I have to admit that I had some reservations regarding 'Driven'. It is perhaps a somewhat personal view of motor racing and driving. However, I found the book to be a very engaging read and covered a wide-range of articulate views. Some of which I agree with, others not, and some that I'd not previously considered.
I also concluded that despite having a wide ranging taste in motor racing (including short oval stuff, VSCC driving tests, and international circuit racing), I have concluded that I need to widen my interests still further and take in things like autograss and drag racing.
Thanks John for the best written and interesting motoring book I've read for a very long time . It's very much on my wavelength though I'm slightly more jaundiced about Mr Chapman' mechanical wonders, not that they aren't as good to drive as you describe but I had the misfortune to have to work on them . Mind you the profession of car designer is only one step up from village idiot in the eyes of most mechanics.
Best wishes for your motoring endeavours, know .
John, how on earth have you never mentioned this little gem before. Even today I had to wait until you were leaving to be slipped a card with the details on by Joanne. Vanessa asked me when she arrived later "Hows John's new book doing?" I replied " I didn't know he was bringing one out" ....I must have told you at some point was her response as she delved back into her Horse trials enquires and bookings. She hadn't..I look forward to seeing the book in the flesh, Gary.
John, how on earth have you never mentioned this little gem before. Even today I had to wait until you were leaving to be slipped a card with the details on. Vanessa asked me when she arrived later "Hows Johns new book doing?" I replied " I didn't know he was bringing one out" ....I must have told you at some point was her response as she delved back into her Horse trails enquires and bookings. She hadn't..I look forward to seeing the book in the flesh, Gary.
Now then Astro,you old fart.I bet I'm even fartier than you are,and I don't even have a car,never mind that mental thing that you've got.
Good to meet you at Cadwell Park over the weekend John and yes that was me, not my stand-in, you spotted at Prescott. If you're in need of 'twowsers' for your next visit to Prescott give me a call. I have mustard, red and pink in my wardrobe. Oh and by the way I am a Telegraph subscriber and a Lancastrian, thank god! One thing you'll find out, if you venture below Birmingham again, is that down here we're all considered by the locals to be northerners irrespective of where we originate, Gods own or Yorkshire.
Hello John, Just to let you know I have visited and I do have your typescript: now you must be patient!
All the best, Rod (aka Putin)
John. I have always very much enjoyed your writings in LF and look forward to reading your book. I worked at Goodwood for 23 years as a Chaperone to the VIP F1 drivers (plus some interesting Americans) but retired last year. Over the years, I met some fabulous people, some who became good friends and got to work with wonderful cars and bikes.
Like Richard I don't know any thing about fishing, although I found the books interesting. I have also enjoyed a couple of fishing trips and managed to catch a grayling. However some of the motoring exploits we have shared ! Looking out of the window at the falling snow brings to mind forages onto the NY Moors and the early unbeatable days of the Audi Quattro' s and a slide down Sutton Bank in an out of control Fiat Uno Turbo. Happy days, John
Well I will buy the book - I read and enjoyed the other two, without knowing one end of a fishing rod from another (or the difference between fishing and angling, though I've a horrible feeling you once told me that...
Good luck with the project John. ;-)
Good luck John - even a photo with you in your 'Trackday Days'. Always enjoy your articles John and I promise I will follow your progress. All the best: Rog
Great project John, which you will execute with both wit and expertise. See you at Silverstone Classic :-)
Was lovely to speak to you today and we were happy to help with some quotes for the book! Good luck!
Your comments about writing a book and the reasons behind it are spot on. Good luck - and I bet it ends up longer than you intended!
Great project, John! Good luck...
Nice website too
I shall look forward to following your journey