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 a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at www.peterbehrens.org I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Marfa Ford F1 & F2; Nova Scotia Mercury M-3

I know of two F1's, both in good shape, in Marfa, Texas. And one F2, the 3/4 ton version of the truck,  featured in a previous AL post. Then there was the Mercury M-3, the Canadian truck in a 1-ton version, we came across in Nova Scotia last summer. All these trucks are from the late 1940s. Driving an F-1 or F-2 of that era is definitely a trip back in time: no synchromesh, of course, and it takes some serious handling to steer around a sharp street corner, even at 20 mph. Nimble is not the word. These trucks handle like, well, trucks. 


                                                                                                  F-1.  Marfa Texas


                                                                                  Ford F2. Marfa, Texas
                                                                Mercury M-3. Wolfville, Nova Scotia

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