"The South has preaching and shouting, the South has grits, the South has country songs, old mimosa traditions, clay dust, Old Bigots, New Liberals — and all of it, all of that old mental cholesterol, is confined to the Sunday radio. What I was in the middle of — well, it wasn’t anything one hears about in panels about the South today. Miles and miles of eye-busting pastel cars on the expressway, which roar right up into the hills, going to the stock-car races."
Tom Wolfe on (what was then) the “new South.” And specifically, stock car racing. Wolfe is a master of bombastic, gonzo journalism…making you feel like you’re in it
. There. Not that he describes the sights and smells (though he does that), but the energy…the feeling you get from that moment. Still one of my all time favorites.