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A Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal


This stirring spin around the Le Mans circuit in 1956 gives me an idea. The video was a lot of fun on its own merits, of course. Look at how far our technology has come in the intervening half a century or so. The camera on the back of the car weighs about enough to make the Jag pop a wheelie. In the spot where your GPS goes in your car, Mike Hawthorne has his wife’s makeup mirror to look at. The microphone apparatus looks like a bizarre dental experiment.

But one problem hasn’t been solved in the intervening years. I’m informed that there’s a population problem that needs fixing, or we’re all doomed, doomed I say. Every newspaper in the world explains to me that we’re running out of everything, and it’s because there are just too many people on Earth. We’re going to run out of food, water, icebergs, gasoline, single-family split-level ranches, rhinos, bumblebees, polar bears, and three-cent stamps any day now, and we have been since this video was made. Something must be done! This video gives me an idea.

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Quicker Than Anything on Four Wheels

Quicker Than Anything on Four Wheels

I’m weird. My favorite part of this video is the soundtrack that was obviously composed for drive-in movie intermission music. Of course the drag racing is lots of fun, too. Drag racing is really silly. You build this really elaborate machine to go in a straight line for a quarter mile. That’s a long run for a short slide, as they say. But so what?

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