Rich Kid on a Hot Rod

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For much of the early 1950s, St. Louis papers were filled with stories about how Robert H. Moore raced down county and city streets, avoiding pursuing police cruisers, slamming into cars and exasperating lawmen who tried to keep him off the streets. The newspapers dubbed this young son of a wealthy doctor “Hot Rod” Moore.

Moore’s habits of collecting traffic tickets into the 1960s was one of the reasons why the state introduced the point system, in which the license of anyone who accumulates a certain number of driving violation points in a specified time can lose his license. “Hot Rod” Moore is one of those profiled in The Colorful Characters of St. Louis.


Published by Jim Merkel

Reedy Press published four of my books, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2010; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans, 2012; The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch; and the Second Edition of Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2014. They're available in bookstores and online. For an autographed copy, send a check for $21.50 made out to Jim Merkel, to Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis, MO 63116.

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