Ask The Best and Brightest: Can You Identify This Book?

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth

TTAC reader Bonso writes:

Hi Jack

As you have over eighty books on Porsches you may be able to help me. I read a travel book published in the mid 1960s about a tour of Bryce Canyon, Zion national Park, Painted Desert, Grand Canyon etc made in a Porsche 911. The car and scenery were both the “stars” of the book, the passion for the car and scenery were complimentary. I would like to re-read the book but do not remember either the title or author! Can you help me? Or perhaps one of your readers knows of the book. Thanks.

Well, I’m stumped…

…but surely, among the over one million TTAC readers out there, someone must know what it is. Can we help this fellow? To raise the stakes in the most minimal fashion possible, I will give the first person to provide the right answer a USB key stamped with the logo of some random auto manufacturer.

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  • Zombo Zombo on Sep 29, 2011

    I agree , some things just can't be found on the internet without certain pertinent information about the subject . For example I searched for an 80s B movie (that used to play on USA UP ALL Night)that had a sub plot in which a mechanic welded himself into a 60s sedan on a bet to get an early 60s Corvette from some rich guy if he lived inside that sedan for the whole summer . Living in that car all summer he watched in misery while the girl he loved rode around with the rich guy in the Corvette . He got so angry that on Labor Day when he won the Vette he filled it up with cement from a cement truck busting the springs . Don't remember who was in it and can't find it with any search engine either . Anyone out there remember the name of that movie ?

  • Talldude07 Talldude07 on Sep 29, 2011

    Tropic of Cancer is a novel by Henry Miller, it was published in 1934. It was made famous for its graphic depictions of sex. It was banned from the US and UK.

  • Willman Willman on Sep 29, 2011

    A favorite of Max Cady, no doubt.

  • Philosophil Philosophil on Sep 30, 2011

    I plugged a lot of those keywords into the Library of Congress catalog and while I found a few geological surveys and such, I couldn't find anything that resembled a travel log. Could it be that you're confusing some other book you read with "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" or something like that?