THRUST SSC (THAT BRITISH INVASION)

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The next morning is a wash… the weather is bad, the winds are in full song, Breedlove is on the road home, nothing is happening and the entire town is in the throes of maximum boredom.

Over coffee in Bruno’s, I hammer on a laptop.

A waitress asks, “Are you looking at poor-nog-gra-fee on – what’s that thing called?”

“The internet,” her co-worker answers.

It is the usual gathering at Bruno’s: land speed engineers, bighorn sheep hunters in fatigues, retired rocket drag racers and slumming physicists from Berkeley, all of whom are within earshot of the waitress’s prurient queries and gathered at the counter or at tables, and none of whom put down their forks or the cups of coffee.

I assure the waitresses that no, I am merely working on an article about the Mach 1 attempts.

Later that morning I run into Vann and Annie and they introduce me to four hippies who are staying out at their ranch. Vann and Annie look a little frazzled, having had to throw a couple of trespassing journalists from People Magazine off of their hot springs. What’s more, their other “tenants” are beginning to use up their welcome. The hippies had come out for the Burning Man and had just never gone home.

I start talking to one of them, Danny Jo, the Blind Hippie. He tells me he had written a song about the Thrust SSC. I asked him to sing it. So he does: a capella.

Now let me tell you about
The latest automotive sensation
With happiness, watch out
Here comes that British Invasion

Instead of one jet engine it’s got two,
and rear wheel steering
To see it through

You really need to come and see Thrust SSC

Now let me tell you boys and girls
Who love art and science
That British team from the start
So much reliance
So just like them
Be real good in class
And you can do things with so much class

Hey Kids, you need to come and see Thrust SSC

(CHORUS)

Thrust SSC, Thrust SSC
It’s a different car in a rare racing sport
Which is good for the family (x2)

Let me tell more about
That latest automotive sensation
With mystery, look out
Here comes that British Invasion

Secret ways of things
Under that shell I got some ideas but I’m not going to tell

You really need to come and see Thrust SSC

Now let me tell you boys and girls
Who love ultimate thises and that
With a sense of humor
They have got more than mere figures and fact

So just like them
More than come to task
Be good to people and you’ll have class

Hey Kids, you need to come to see Thrust SSC

(REPEAT CHORUS)

I drive back to the airport. With the radio off.

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