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Jim James Clash

Sam Schmidt: Inspiration to Racing Fans, Inspiration to Us All

James M. Clash | Posted 09.13.2014 | Sports
James M. Clash

My connection with Sam Schmidt is personal. Twelve years ago he allowed me to live out a boyhood dream of averaging a 200-mph lap in an Indy car, a risky proposition even for pro drivers. I was just an adventure journalist.

Laid-Back Charlotte, NC - at 170 MPH in an Indy car!

James M. Clash | Posted 09.02.2014 | Travel
James M. Clash

Charlotte is known by most tourists for its laid-back, southern charm. But to auto racing fans it's the capital of NASCAR, with its famous "Hall of Fame Museum" downtown.

North Shore Surf Makes for Thrills and Spills in Hawaii

James M. Clash | Posted 08.23.2014 | Travel
James M. Clash

On Dec. 25 big wave legend Ken Bradshaw was on the phone. A northwest swell was storming in with wave faces exceeding 35 feet. Could I get to Waimea Beach ASAP, he wanted to know?

Ian Anderson, a Space Nut?

James M. Clash | Posted 08.12.2014 | Travel
James M. Clash

Who knew Ian Anderson, front-man for the seminal rock group Jethro Tull, is a space aficionado? The singer and flautist, who grew during the Cold War...

Apollo 11 Flight Director Gene Krantz Explains How To Park On The Moon

James M. Clash | Posted 09.20.2012 | Travel
James M. Clash

Stout and brawny and still looking like a marine drill instructor at 78, Krantz set the record straight for me.

Lindbergh, Apollo And The Explorers Club

James M. Clash | Posted 06.08.2012 | Travel
James M. Clash

As a longtime fellow of The Explorers Club, I sometimes forget what a storied institution I am part of. Recently, though, I was reminded squarely of what the Club really represents.