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The Snake's Still Hissin'
Steve Rushin
June 27, 2005
America's first hot rods were conjured from the '32 Ford, which was the preferred getaway car of Bonnie and Clyde, the Little Deuce Coupe of Beach Boys fame and the champion dragster of Maybellene, in which Chuck Berry sang, "A Cadillac a-rollin' on the open road/Nothin' will outrun my V-8 Ford...."
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June 27, 2005

The Snake's Still Hissin'

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Steve McQueen died in 1980 at 50 of lung cancer. "Someone as cool as McQueen should never die," says the Snake. "I miss him. I miss Elvis." After a pause the Snake says, "Well, enough of this."

The son of a body-shop owner, the Snake now has his own Learjet with twin red snakes on the tail. "This is a real American sport," he says in parting. "In what other part of the world would you line up nitro-burning, 6,000-horsepower engines that are this loud, with the big pipes and all the fire? It's everything a kid could want. And what's more American than that?"

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