Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
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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 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, March 16, 2015

2 Land Rovers, Portland Maine.

 The Land Rover population is much less dense in New England than in The Netherlands, even though the Dutch have to pay astonishing road use taxes to drive an L-R. So much so that one of our Dutch friends keeps his beloved LR, bought in Africa, penned up in his yard, along with memories of Namibia. But there are plenty of Land Rovers roaming free in the NL, which isn't exactly challenging topography for four-wheeling.  There is plenty of rain, however, and most of them are equipped with snorkels. They guy who sold ice cream cones at the beach had a beautiful Defender 110: if you use them for business in NL they become more affordable tax-wise.
Check out these handmade African Land Rovers.
I caught these 2 LR's on a day that felt sorta like Spring (the terse New England version) along Commercial Street in Portland, where I'm spending my time writing a novel in a coffeeshop.

1 comment:

  1. First one looks like a British Army Rover 9 from the early 1960s. Still has the military headlights. Although part of one is missing.