The Sweet Chariot Tour is On!

In mid-September I’ll begin an epic road trip, driving a 45-year-old Mustang convertible named “Sweet Chariot” from coast to coast and back. I’m happy to announce that  Quayside Publishing Group and Zenith Press are supporting the event, which combines a book tour with a tribute to a literary giant.

The Tour
Two years after the end of World War II, a restless young Navy veteran embarked on a cross-country journey of discovery. Hitchhiking most of the way from New York City to California, Jack Kerouac paused at various places to visit friends or work odd jobs. By the time he returned to New York several months later, Kerouac had traveled 6,000 miles and learned much about his beloved America. His autobiographical novel On the Road, based on that trek, became a classic of the 1950s. It’s also the namesake of a newly-completed feature film with a star-studded cast that includes Garrett Hedlund and Viggo Mortensen.
           On the 65th anniversary of Kerouac’s journey, I’ll trace his entire route in “Sweet Chariot,” a 1967 Mustang convertible named for my father’s B-29 bomber. During the five-week trip, I’ll record  observations about what has changed across this great country of ours—and what still remains the same. Essays will be posted to this blog site regularly, with future plans for magazine articles and a book.
Corporate Sponsors
I am very excited to announce that in addition to direct involvement by Quayside Publishing and Zenith Press, the Sweet Chariot tour is sponsored in part by Dakota Digital and LoJack. Click on the sidebar links and visit their websites for some truly amazing automotive products.
The Book
Throughout the five-week journey, I’ll be making stops in various cities to discuss my newest book, Swashbucklers and Black Sheep: A Pictorial History of Marine Fighting Squadron 214 in World War II. This is my first so-called coffee table book, and I had a lot of fun compiling the material. The result is a lavishly illustrated companion to my earlier books on the Black Sheep Squadron and Pappy Boyington. The staff at Zenith not only outdid themselves with the design and layout, they kept the price reasonable.
(Hardcover, 216 pages, $40.00 list price, available September 15, 2012.)

SCHEDULED EVENTS (please check back regularly for updates)
Saturday, September 8: Wings N Wheels air show, Jacksonville, FL
Saturday, September 15: Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, New York, NY
Thursday, September 20: Pritzker Military Library, Chicago, IL
Friday, September 21, Barnes & Noble, West Des Moines, IA
Sunday, September 23, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, Denver, CO
Wednesday, September 26, Barnes & Noble, Salt Lake City, UT
Monday, October 1, Copperfield’s Books, Napa, CA
Saturday, October 6, CAF SoCal Wing Museum, Camarillo, CA (pending)
Tuesday, October 9, The Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ (hosted by Barrett Tillman)
Saturday, November 3, Northwest FL Regional Library, Panama City, FL
Saturday, November 17, National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, FL
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2 thoughts on “The Sweet Chariot Tour is On!

  1. Pingback: Author & veteran retracing Kerouac’s trail…in his gorgeous 1967 ‘Stang | Victory Rolls and V8s

  2. Mr. Gamble,

    I was pleasantly surprised to see that you had contacted our squadron and am happy to have the opportunity to say thank you myself for all of the hard work and effort you have put into putting the factual accounts of VMF-214. It was like getting an email from the Queen of England to me lol, my father was a VMF-214 pilot during Korea and served under Jack Bolt prior to going overseas; I have a marvelous picture of him as a young 23 year old posing in front of his “mount”, a -4 Corsair. My interest in warbirds stemmed from sitting around a glass of bourbon and hearing neato tales of when my father was young and dumb, flying fighters attack planes in the USMC (he has time in the AD-4, FJ-4, and A-4C in various squadrons). I wanted to take a few seconds to personally thank you for such a nice gift and to say that we, as a virtual squad, appreciate all that you do and have done for the real VMF-214. I cannot wait to yell at people for putting their feet on my coffee table because they are almost touching my new book 🙂

    Rob Mantell
    VMF/214 Gunfighter
    Training Officer

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