Part 1, Chapter 5 Summary
At dawn, Thompson and his attorney are back at the Mint Gun Club, awaiting the start of the famed race, which will not begin for three more hours. There is a bar, but it does not open until seven. After much grumbling by the race patrons, however, the bar opens early. Everyone in attendance is eager for the race to begin. For some, Thompson explains, this race is the biggest thing to happen in sports all year, "bigger, even, than the Super Bowl."
Three hours, however, is a long time to wait. A great deal of alcohol is consumed, and a reporter from Life magazine gets especially intoxicated. Thompson claims to be horrified by the spectacle the man is making of himself. They are, after all, the “cream of the...
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