“Myths and legends die hard in America. We love them for the extra dimension they provide, the illusion of near-infinite possibility to erase the narrow confines of most men’s reality. Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of ‘the rat race’ is not yet final.” ~ Hunter S Thompson

Those of us who read Mr. Johnson’s works owe him a debt we cannot repay. He brought us along on adventures, living a life worth reading in a world where many stops living to stay alive — a Champion of Fun.

An excellent place to start reading Davey is Car and Driver magazine.

https://www.caranddriver.com/author/219032/Davey-G-Johnson/

There are the Kinja posts
https://kinja.com/davey-g–johnson-old

There are his tweets
https://twitter.com/daveyg_cd?lang=en

There some media worth reading.

Mike Spinelli’s work is outstanding.
https://jalopnik.com/davey-g-johnson-and-jalopnik-a-memoir-by-the-guy-who-1835733121

Alex Kierstein’s work has a soul.
https://www.autoblog.com/2019/06/18/remembering-davey-g-johnson/

Steven Ewing’s work is worth reading.
https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/davey-johnson-obituary/

Peter Hughes’ work is a must read.
https://autoweek.com/article/car-life/davey-g-johnson-writer-1975-2019-hub-spoked-wheel-life

So to add something of value to this media, I will add what I saw was missing.

  • The press has referred to him as a Writer and Journalist which are both understatements. He was more than a talented scribbler of words, he was a man of Adventure.
  • He wouldn’t rat you out to the federales, never.
  • His writings should be on every undergrad Journalism syllabus. He was an excellent New Journalist from an academic point of view.

But to what bring us here.

Those who go off on Adventures may leave us behind but always with a promise to come back to tell the tale.

And that is the heartbreak.

So what do we do in the face of such shared grief?

We celebrate our Adventurers and their tales.

We re-read them, quote them, and raise a glass to them.

Champions inspire us to get more out of life, and we owe him that too.

That might be what the world comes down to, a life well lived.

If that is the criterion, you should know Davey nailed it.