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Who Taught YOU to Drive?

Surprising freedoms of the road

The ominous shape first appeared in my rear-view mirror — was it a pirate Duck Boat? A crazy prop vehicle from the Mad Max movie? Something even weirder?

As we fumbled for our camera, the mystery machine came into full view: an Army-green speed boat on wheels, with a skull and crossbones flag waving from a pole planted in the back seat. The driver, a large, bearded man wearing a Jack Sparrow cap, nodded as he sailed by, his vessel’s name, The Scurvy Mermaid (at right), fittingly painted on its tail.

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