Video a go-go: firearms, high-speed racing and the highs & lows of the Taylor v. Lauterer race

A lot of folks can be a little intimidated when they meet someone who is a real straight-shooter. And that can be doubly true when there are actual firearms involved. Take “Carolina Girl,” for instance, and her evident mastery of all things that go “BANG!”


Of pop culture has taught us anything, it’s that firearms and car chases go together like being three days away from police force retirement and fatally shot in an act of pure heroism. But, like any skill, high-speed action driving requires practice. Thanks to the folks at the Highlands Sports Car Club, folks to like to drive fast and furious have a safer place to test out their behind-the-wheel skills than in, say, rush hour traffic while chasing a drug kingpin who has just kidnapped your love interest.


If action flicks are great entertainment, but for true edge-of-your-seat, unpredictable and nail-biting experiences, it’s hard to beat politics. The 1996 PBS documentary Vote For Me: Politics In America did a very good job of showing the highs and lows of the process of getting elected, and a significant portion of the program was devoted to the race between then Congressman Charles Taylor and former Asheville-based TV reporter Maggie Lauterer. Recently, the filmmakers posted a lengthy clip of that part of the story online, and it’s still surprisingly relevant.


Of course, politics isn’t the only situation where a person and what they represent will be judged by most folks based on a few snap judgments of confidence, body language and appearance, and where the competition to be the most popular is fierce and unrelenting. As anyone who has watched even a single episode of America’s Next Top Model knows, the fashion world can be a pretty harsh place. Luckily, at the local level, this is toned down a bit. Here’s a video from a recent model search put on by Asheville-based Push Productions at Hotel Indigo in downtown.


It’s always great to end on a tune, so here’s gritty local alt-country band Pierce Edens & The Dirty Work performing a rather upbeat version of their tune “Party Dress” at a recent gig at The Pourover, just over the mountain at the Nantahala Outdoor Center near Gatlinburg.





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