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 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, August 24, 2015

Poor Old Ferrari Superamerica Coupe at Pebble Beach; Chevy Vega at Brooklin General

We've all seen so many over-restored crazy-old-man cars. A lot of Fifties cream puffs, especially, are presented this way. But it's usually more of a kick to encounter a well-maintained original or one that's been forgotten in a barn somewhere by someone's great-aunt after the odometer clicked the first 10,000 miles. Now Pebble Beach is getting the message. Thanks to Larry Nordell for the heads-up on this NYT piece about the unrestored Ferrari that's showing at this year's Pebble Beach event.
Meanwhile, here on the Maine coast we'll take our unrestored classics with a grain of salt. Road salt, even. Now Ferrari and Vega are proper nouns that don't usually make it into the same sentence, but I've always thought that the Chevy Vega coupes of the Seventies were handsome cars, until they started to rust, anyway--which usually happened rather quickly. But not always. Witness this 1975 Vega, a Maine original. Sleek little car. 35k on the odometer.  Pebble Beach 2016?

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