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Jeff Brock’s Bombshell Betty

So cool to see this thing up close

Okay, here you go: as promised, sculptor Jeff Brock’s “Bombshell Betty.” What we have here is a rolling work of art that also races the clock at Bonneville. What started out as a 1952 Buick Roadmaster is now a 165 mph speedster. A total race car. Bombshell Betty features a 1950 Buick 320 cubic inch straight eight with exhaust pipes exiting through the original Buick “portholes” on the driver’s side. For that alone, I’d drive a hundred miles to see it. As it happened, though, I only had to make it to the Harwood Museum in downtown Taos. And you really need to watch this video with the sound cranked up:

I love this car. It’s so dark. If I could write like this car, that’s all I’d ever want. It’s totally compelling and complete. I identify utterly with whatever demon spawned it. This is high art with real muscle. The artist teamed up with two young local guys to build it. I call that inspired, too. The team is called Rocket Heads Racing, and I wish I were a member. Hoo, boy.

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John Hamilton Farr lives in Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. with his classical pianist wife. “Possibly the only place I can get away with this,” he says. As New York Times best-selling author James C. Moore (Bush’s Brain) put it in a review of John’s first book, Buffalo Lights is the work of a man attuned to the world who sees it differently than you and I and writes about it with a language and a vision of life that is impossible to ignore.” John is the author of BUFFALO LIGHTS, TAOS SOUL, ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, and THE HELEN CHRONICLES. He has been publishing online since 1996 (Zoo Zone, Farr Site, MacFaust, GRACK!, FarrFeed) and blogs regularly here at JHFARR.COM. See also → John’s Twitter profile, Amazon Author Page, video channel at YouTube, and website photos at SmugMug. To email John, please see CONTACT INFO on About page.  

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