The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Twilight of the Dreamboats #11


Darlington, SC (1970)

6 comments :

Ashley said...

Mr The King...

Mark J said...

For those not familiar with No. 43, that is the King, Richard Petty, destroying his Plymouth Roadrunner in the Rebel 400 race, Darlington, SC. Probably his worst wreck in a long career.

Sock MonKey 1 said...

That was probably his worst NASCAR wreck, but in 1965 NASCAR outlawed the hemi engine and Chrysler boycotted NASCAR. Petty began the '65 season drag racing his 426ci hemi, "Outlawed". He had a terrible accident described on an Australian site:

"Unfortunately, on 28 February 1965, the same day that a 100-miler was being run at the Asheville-Weaverville Speedway in Weaverville, North Carolina,Petty and "Outlawed" were at Southeastern Dragway in Dallas, Georgia. During a match race with Arnie Beswick, the Barracuda experienced transmission problems off the line. As Petty tried to find second gear, the car started to get loose. When Petty finally got it into second gear the car suddenly broke loose, turned towards the spectator area, and hit the embankment. The Petty Blue Barracuda vaulted the embankment, being launched almost straight up, which carried the car over the fence that was supposed to protect the spectators, and into the crowd. Seven people were injured when the Barracuda slammed into the people who had come to watch the match races. One of these suffered severe head injuries, but there was an eighth victim, Wayne Dye - an eight-year old from Austell, Georgia. He died of his injuries before he reached the hospital. Petty suffered light injuries in the violent crash, but the shock of the young boy's death stayed with him for years."

From "Rear View Mirror" (http://www.atlasf1.com/2001/aus/preview/mirror.html)

Timmy said...

Richard Petty was the most charasmatic & engaging of all the race world's personas. A simple, yet determined star, whose carreer will never be matched. He lost a grandson to the sport. His trademark shades & feather are a fading symbol in a world where only memories will drive men's dreams in the bleak & troubled future.

Murdercycles said...

My hero.

kevracer said...

"Hey I can see my house from here."