Getaway, by Ronald George Eriksen 2 (is the '2' an alternative form of Jr.?), offers instruction on evasive driving techniques. Or, as he says, how to handle a car in the event that someone tries to kill or kidnap you while you're in the car. It was published by Loompanics in 1983, but you can read it for free at

In it, you'll find tips such as how to make a smoke screen blow out of your exhaust:

A cheap but effective smoke screen can be made as follows: First drill a hole into the exhaust manifold of your car, and weld the nozzle of a small plant sprayer over it. A gas line is then run from the nozzle to a pump and container containing castor oil inside the vehicle. Clouds of smoke are produced by pumping the castor oil onto the hot exhaust manifold.

Also, how to do a bootlegger's turn:

(1) Speed at around 25-30 mph.

(2) Get off the gas and crank the steering wheel to the left ¼ to ½ of a full turn. At the exact same time, hit the emergency brake hard. Those of you with manual transmissions will have to depress the clutch, also.

(3) When your vehicle is at approximately 90 degrees, release the emergency brake, step on the gas, and straighten out the steering wheel. If you have a manual transmission, you will have to let the clutch back out as you are hitting the gas.

(4) Get out of the area fast.

Bootlegger's Turn

     Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 24, 2021
     Category: Motor Vehicles | Cars | Books

The book's tips for ramming could be handy, not just for a getaway, but for acute road rage.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 02/24/21 at 06:32 AM
I have a number of books I ordered from Loompanics back in the day. I haven't thought about them in years.

I bought my copies of "Anarchist's Cookbook (Vols. 1 & 2)" from them. Volume two wasn't as interesting as #1, but Loompanics was the only source of the books in my area. I also bought a number of books about revenge pranks and credit fixing as a matter of entertainment.

I look upon the time as the golden age of mail-order books.
Posted by KDP on 02/24/21 at 11:04 AM
This makes me feel like a mainstream dullard. I doubt I even heard of Loompanics when they were active. My small publisher of choice was Lindsay Publications, and I have 14" of shelf space of their books (more than it seems because a lot of it is pamphlets). I knew of Paladin Press when they came along, but I also knew mailmen in our area were encouraged to notify the police of any packages they delivered from them (highly illegal, I'm sure, but it was that kind of town).
Posted by Phideaux on 02/24/21 at 11:52 AM
'2' or, more commonly 'II' is not an alternative for Jr. It is used when there is an older relative with the same name such as a grandfather or uncle, especially if the elder is a person of note.
Posted by Stan on 02/28/21 at 03:46 AM
I had a coworker who was Firstname Lastname Jr. II.
Posted by ges on 02/28/21 at 11:27 AM
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