Eagle Nest, New Mexico, 2012. “People like to drive because driving is actually and symbolically an almost perfect mechanism for escape…there is probably no human being who does not have troubles, real or imagined, from which he at times feels the need to flee.” George R. Stewart.


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Brooklin, Maine, United States
We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and an '86 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of '97 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 25 years--we're recyclers. I've published 2 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), and THE O'BRIENS (2012), and 2 collections of stories NIGHT DRIVING (1987), and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). Novel # 3, KARIN, will be out from Pantheon (US) and House of Anansi (Canada) in March 2016. More of my book stuff at www.peterbehrens.org I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I've been teaching at Colorado College, Wichita State, and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cabin Porn

 Lloyds Hotel of Möllerfjorden on the Arctic island chain of Svalbard, Norway.
This “5 star” hut was built in 1912 (or some say 1925) by the shipping company North German Lloyd as an emergency shelter after they took over the possessions of the 1910 “Zeppelin” Expedition, which had occupied the area...still stocked with unopened bottles of vodka! And plenty of 40 year old magazines. Found it on Cabin Porn. Thanks to Larry Nordell for the heads-up.

Chihuahua Express, the 1951 Chrysler New Yorker & the 1950 Oldsmobile 88

I'm hoping to catch a ride in this year's Chihuahua Express, a Mexican road race open to pretty much any class of car. The route is Chihuahua City to the Copper Canyon. The New Yorker was a father/son project--have a look at the video on Petrolicious.  The Olds 88 has also been a Chihuahua Express competitor.

David Branch: 1940 Ford Wrecker. Presidio, Texas

from David Branch in West Texas:
"I was driving through Presidio yesterday, early in the morning. This truck has been there imprisoned in this heap of stuff for years. The light was terribly washed out as the sun was rising directly behind the place and the carport was still in deep shadow. An interesting truck but kinda crappy photos. It would be nice to go back in the evening when the light was coming in from the other side. Not sure when that may be. I'd like to go on a old truck shoot from Redford to Candelaria."--DB
(Yes, please--Autoliterate)

(The painter Rackstraw Downes works in Presidio.)
Presidio Horse Racing Association Track, 4, Looking East, South And Southwest: The Judges' Tower and Spectator Shelters200

Delmo's Speed & Kustom & the '58 Apache.

I first saw Del Uschenko's work in Hot Rod. Another Canadian, eh? From Stettler, Alberta. Not far from Caroline. His shop, Delmo's Speed & Kustom is in Burbank, CA. I found the photos above on his website. We like '58 Apaches. Photos (below) were on the Hot Rod site.  

Stanceworks and the 1965 Chevy C-10

 from the Stanceworks website:
"Stance|Works was founded in the spring of 2009 as a safe haven for automotive enthusiasts that had an affinity for pushing the boundaries of wheel fitment and stance. We view our vehicles as blank canvas and allow our imaginations to take over. 3 years have passed and Stance|Works continues to grow and reach out internationally, liberating people from close minded notions that cars ought to look a certain way or serve a certain purpose. We approach the automotive world with wide eyes, an open mind, and a goal to share the every day inspiration and dedication found in enthusiasts' garages, driveways, and streets around the world. Through beautiful imagery and heartfelt story telling, Stance|Works acts as a beacon for the automotive passion that burns inside every one of us."
The truck was done by Sam Castronova.

1969 Jeep Gladiator (for sale)

The truck is for sale on ebay. You can find it at Bring-a-Trailer.