The Last Words of David E. Davis, Jr.

"Years later, after I went to Car and Driver, I called my folks on a Sunday afternoon. My dad talked to me for a minute and he said, 'Your Uncle Jim is here and he wants to talk to you.' And he came on the phone and he said, 'David?' And I said, 'Yes, sir?' And he said, 'They tell me you're setting the woods on fire up there, boy.' And I said, 'Well, the magazine is going pretty good and I'm pretty excited about it.' I said, 'I think this could be a career.' He said, 'Well, goddamn, you're doing good. Everybody's real proud of you.' And that was the closest my father ever got to paying me a compliment.

"Early on, when I didn't finish college and when I was driving race cars and dating women who were twice my age, they were really sick of me. My sister did everything right -- got her doctorate, got married. I was an enormous disappointment.

"I sold VWs, Porsches, MGs, Triumphs, Jaguars, and Singers, but I wasn't good at it. I shot the breeze with everybody, and I talked too much. If somebody came in and bought a car, they convinced themselves to write the check. I was not a great closer."

Life in California
"I was married [to high-school sweetheart Norma Jean Wohlfiel] in June of 1955, and we moved to California. Very bright, very tough, she'd been a competitive swimmer and had been living in California with some girlfriends. She wanted desperately to live there, so we moved there on our honeymoon. I was stunned at how fabulous California was; it was just one fantastic thing after another.

"I went to work as an expeditor at North American [Aviation] and was having the time of my life. I met a bunch of racing people, and there were three SCCA nationals going, and I thought if I was to do well in all of them, I could come away with some kind of production prize nationally. And so I prepared the car and was getting ready to do all three of them.

NotLowEnough
Article won't advance to the next page. 404 errors keep appearing. :(
DINO.666
The Lincoln Blackwood Is Dead
jagbro9_990
This would be perfect to expand into book length material. I already own Thus Spake David E, I'd buy this if it were book length.
kego53
Thanks for publishing this. It was an interesting read and interesting to know some of Mr. Davis' story.

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