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 24 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). More of my book stuff at www.peterbehrens.org I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'll be teaching at Colorado College and Wichita State in 2013-14.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

1956 DeSoto Fireflite

A Colorado Springs original. His grandmother's car.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Mack Truck in Sedgwick

Spent some time at Bill Grant's Boatyard in Sedgwick, Maine this weekend, getting Scout ready to go in. Everything at the Boatyard looks well-used and ready to work. I like Bill's new/old truck with boat-hauling trailer.
I got a coat of bottom paint on Scout & hope to have her in this week.

Bill's boom truck is usually down at the Sedgwick Town Landing, stepping masts, but he is putting up a new boat shed this week--he works fast--so he's using it at the Yard.

Now, that's a Mack with  patina.

The Man LE10 220: road diary

Autoliterate posted this truck last last year, when Alex Emond spotted it in Banff.  Now we've heard from the people behind the wheel:
"Just found our truck here. "MAN LE10 220 4x4 truck camper in Banff If you want to learn more about the vehicle and our traveling around North America (traveled for more than a year around your beautiful country - and it was the second time!) you can check our website: www.dergrossewagen.eu There is even a shorter version of our reports in English!"
Christine and Peter 

Monday, April 14, 2014

1946 Hudson Pickup

Beach day at Goose Rocks. Ice cream on Dock Square. We were driving home when we spotted this at Arundel Place, on the Log Cabin Road in Kennebunkport, Maine. Don't know if the Hudson's for sale, but a bunch of old trucks are. t 207 604 2136.

Revitalized '53 Chevy, Northern California

from Michael Moore in Northern California:
"Here are some pics my brother took of a friend's spiffy '53 Chev over in Stinson Beach,  same day you put up the '53 Chev in the Springs...Seems when he got under the hood the "all original" idea went out the door, though..."--MSM

Aerial Work: John Griebsch

 I-10 Interchange, Lousiana 

 All images ©2014 John Griebsch. From JG's Artist Statement: 
"The aerial photographs present a sense of selective design applied to an extremely small but significant area of the vast landscape over which I fly. I find the need to make geographical sense of the earth, as well as the need to make visual sense of a photograph.  I work with ambiguity of scale; the strong graphic quality of nature;  and with the hand of man upon nature..." --John Griebsch

(These photographs, and others,are available as limited edition archival art prints. Check Griebsch's stunning website )
Car Heaven, Pennsylvania
Switching Yard, New Orleans

Sunday, April 13, 2014

1953 Chevrolet truck.

The truck belongs to Frank Ohlin and I've seen it parked next to a GMC truck of the same era which he owns, and which has been posted a couple of times on AL. The Chevrolet is mostly original. We like trucks that are being driven, as this one is. Trailer Queens are kinda boring. Frank told me that in '53 these trucks got the pop-up vent in front of the windshield, the push-button door handles, and--oh yeah, painted (instead of chromed) grills--chrome shortage due to Korean war.