Book Reviews of Road Fever (Vintage Departures)

Road Fever (Vintage Departures)
Road Fever - Vintage Departures
Author: Tim Cahill
ISBN-13: 9780394758374
ISBN-10: 0394758374
Publication Date: 3/3/1992
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 27 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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Professional driver, Garry Sowerby and the admirable Tim Cahill put together a GM-sponsored race from Terra del Fuego, Argentina to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska (in less than 24 days) and pull it off. This is the story of their 15,000-mile odyssey, the goal being to break the Guinness World Record.

Tim is his usual exuberant, one-of-guys, self-deprecating self. There is no one who can recount an anecdote with quite his flair. While speeding across Honduras, a flock of birds crossed the windshield while Cahill was driving. "Garry had snapped bolt upright from his slouching position in the passenger seat. He was holding his belly as if he had been shot. `Wah' he said in his strange, sleep clogged voice-----there seemed to be a dead bird in his lap. `I reached down there,' Garry said, `I felt something warm and wet. I was sure I had been shot. I thought I was feeling my own intestines. Then I started wondering why my intestines would have feathers and bird feet on them." Stories like this made me laugh aloud.

The book was nonetheless claustrophobic. By the time, Tim and Garry had reached Central America; my only thought was "let me out of this truck!" All but about 20 pages are devoted to South and Central America. The last 5,000 miles of the US, Canada and Alaska are barely mentioned. I suppose this is because the last third of the trip was without incident or terrors. But it did give the book an unbalanced feel. The section regarding how you get yourself considered for setting a Guinness Record was very interesting. Hint: If you plan on setting or beating a record, check with Guinness before (not after) you do it. There were about 35 pages devoted to how one went about getting sponsored, i.e., raising money (in this case about $350,000) that I found tedious.

The book was enjoyable for the most part, but I did get the impression Tim Cahill was as glad the trip was over as I was.
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Mildly interesting, but kind of juvenile. Predictably makes fun of the usual suspects - the border guards and other law enforcement types getting in his way.