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Four Wheels Good
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Historical Fiction

Publisher:  Xlibris ISBN-10:  1401002722 Type: 


Copyright:  Nov 1 2001

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If you learned about HORATIO'S DRIVE, you only know HALF of the story!

In 1903, at the dawn of the automobile age, the Packard Motor Car Company hired plant foreman Tom Fetch to drive a twelve-horsepower Model F across the continent from San Francisco to New York City. It was a feat that had never been accomplished by any motorcar, and it was widely thought to be impossible.

The Packard Company provided Fetch with two travelling companions; an elderly magazine reporter who would chronicle the journey, and a rebellious young mechanic, both of whom would prove to be as much hindrance as help.

Fetch and his passengers faced numerous obstacles; the deserts of Nevada and Utah, the great Rocky Mountains, the soggy Iowa plains, the unpredictability of nature, the scarcity of gasoline, and the lack of any passable roads west of Denver. Worse still were the jeers of common folk who dismissed all automobiles as being mere playthings of the rich.

And Fetch wasn’t the only driver making the attempt. A rival Winton motorcar driven by a Vermont doctor had left San Francisco for New York - on a dare. Fetch wasn’t just trying to get across the country; he was trying to overtake the rival Winton automobile and get to New York first.

But the competition had a three-week head start.

Written as literary fiction, Four Wheels Good portrays a long-forgotten piece of Americana as a grand adventure.

Professional Reviews

Robin Williams
Vivid characters and a rich sense of detail... you almost feel you're in the rumbleseat with them.

Midwest Book Review
An excellently crafted historical fiction... crisp, clear, eager prose that unfolds in this unique story about confronting challenges head-on. A highly enjoyable and exciting read.

Michael Pritchard, PBS host
Characters embedded in a love of American pride, daring, courage, and a preposterous obssession with the auto... Its characters are deep and rich.

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