Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
Eagle Nest, New Mexico. “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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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 26 years--we're recycling. 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, CARRY ME, will be out from Pantheon (US) and House of Anansi (Canada) in March 2016 and Editions Philippe-Rey (Paris) will publish it as PORTE-MOI. More of my book stuff at 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. In 2015-16 I'll be a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right. It's free. Never an ad, never a sales pitch.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

1951 Chevrolet 5-window: the road to Belfast (Maine)

On the road, Maine Route 3,  from Augusta to Belfast. Hectic with summer traffic because it's one of the ways people from Away get to Acadia National Park. I was still within Augusta when I saw  a '55 Chevrolet 150 parked out front of a house, for sale, and when I stopped the owner showed me this handsome truck. The deep green, a factory shade, reads black in these photos. Very clean truck, and the owner said it was a Maine original, from Eagle Lake, which is up in The County. Would certainly lose those wide whites, though. 
We admire Advanced Design Chevys. A 5-window was up for auction a while back.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

1989 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro Doka

 For sale in NJ on ebay. Mileage just under 48k. Fin out more on B-A-T

Yard Dogs at Goldenrod Garage

1968 Chrysler New Yorker
At Goldenrod Garage in Freeport there are the cars that sleep inside, then there are the yard dogs . These cars can be cosmetically rough but they seem complete.

1950 Chevrolet Deluxe
 1960 Oldsmobile
 1964 Mercury Commuter wagon
 1960 Ford Country Squire

Monday, July 27, 2015

1977 Ford 4x4

Eric Baier saw it for sale, side of the road, Forestdale, Vermont. "Ford 4X4, granny gear, dual gas tanks, runs strong, inquire at house"  1977?

1958 Porsche 356 convertible

This may be an old truck blog, but this is no old truck. I'm lucky enough to see it around town all summer. Zoom zoom.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

LL Bean's bootmobile & Jimmy Steele's peapod.

Bean boots (formerly the Maine Hunting Shoe, aka DUCK BOOTS) went crazy popular last year, in a sort of frenzied-Japanese teenager way.  I hear they were back-ordered for months. Bean warily booted up production, figuring the hotness wouldn't last. They've been there before, riding the trend wave. It comes and it goes. I remember another phase of duck boot  hyper-hipness @1980.
I think I recognize a Dodge (or is that Ram?) under there.
In Maine, the rubber heels of worn-out duck boots are often used as bumpers/fenders at the bow and stern of a Peapod. Now, you know what a Peapod is, right? And you know that Jimmy Steele, of Brooklin, Maine built some classics of the genre.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Ex-Targa Newfoundland 1970 Volvo 142 GT

This car could work as a driver and, with a few safety updates, as a contemporary rally car. Targa Newfoundland? This era Volvo were bruisers. Contemporary V's are overloaded with Chinese leather and backup cameras, but they were once the defintive plainjane set of wheels. This car's up on ebay, bidding ends today. Find out more on B-A-T.