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Car and Driver: Intrigue in the Inbox of an Automotive True-Crime Writer

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Intrigue in the Inbox of an Automotive True-Crime Writer

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In 2005, I wrote a true-crime book called God Wants You To Roll, the story of two California teens—Robert Gomez and James Nichols—who sold $21 million worth of nonexistent cars to 4000 buyers. The cars typically sold for $1000 or $2000, and some were quite spiffy—a Lamborghini and a couple of Porsches, as I recall. Well, “spiffy” if vehicular ghosts in the heated imaginations of two dead-end security guards are spiffy. They kept the con percolating for five years, then were busted and tried in Kansas City, Missouri. The trial lasted the better part of a month, until the boys both drew 20-plus years in prison. A more entertaining month I have never spent. READ MORE ››

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