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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Friday, October 20, 2017


I found this coffin-nose pickup truck in the files but dang if I can remember what it is or where I found it. Any i.d. on this thing? I was thinking Studebaker or Cord, but maybe some kind of one-off?

1964 Ford Custom.

These are Montreal police cars-- awaiting dome lights, I guess. I remember red bubbles on the roof. That's Mont-Royal in the background.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

La frontière

from my border dispatch "Canada 1" on The Walrus blog:
"...Bakersfield, Vermont. Enosburg Falls. Tonight I’m crossing the border at Morses Line and will have nothing to declare. Frelighsburg, Québec. Bedford. Pike River. On a northeast heading, the last Appalachian hills will smooth out into the forensic flatness of the St Lawrence Valley. Dairy country, steel silos, ranks of corn and tractors the size of buildings. Peculiar intrusion of the ex-volcano hills on the flatscape, one of them Mont-Royal but I won’t see that rise until I’m in ferocious traffic riding over the hump of the bridge..."

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

1969 Mercury Montego, 3 of 'em. Race Day, Gerlach, Nevada.

Thanks to Michael S Moore for sending these Chris "Twisto" Drake photographs made at Race Day in Gerlach, Nevada. 
The race is golf carts. 
"My personal favorite’s gotta be that little Deuce roadster, and the thought of driving it up 447 from Reno..."--MSM

Monday, October 16, 2017

1974 Chevrolet C20. Marfa TX

From David Branch in Marfa Texas: "This showed up in front of my place. Fuel pump went out on the way up from Presidio. Old Vaquero in a Resistol hat and Wranglers. Helped pull him off the highway. Says he'll come back Monday to fix it. 40 some years of sucking up fuel to feed that big block. I wonder if it's not the first pump that's failed her? Man I love the lines of those trucks. Maybe he won't return..."

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Ross Perot Saab, Late 1970s. Porter Square, Cambridge, Mass.

Caught the Saab on the last couple miles of the drive from Montréal. These things used to be as common as deer in northern New England.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Karma Revero

I'd never heard of Karma cars, and here was this Karma Revero plugged in on Mackay St., Montreal.
Hannah Elliott, in Bloomberg News claims This Is A Very Bad Car: "Now-defunct Fisker Automotive produced the Karma four-door sedan in 2012. It was the first production car in the U.S. to offer that particular series-hybrid powertrain. This was just as Tesla’s Model S came out, so it was a big deal. Justin Bieber owned one. They were supposed to be the conscientious cars for celebrities and stars..."

Friday, October 13, 2017

Chet Baker & the 1929 Model A

Chet Baker and Stan Getz were the epitome of West Coast cool. Thanks to Stephen Hendrickson foe the image. The other car--a '52 Ford?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Over the mountain

Still a dirt road. Vermont 65 over the mountain, Northfield to E. Brookfield.

1941 Chevrolet Suburban

Colin Washburn saw the paintings at the Ironstone Winery Car Show in Murphys, CA. That's a 1941 Chevrolet Suburban, je pense. 
And the Dodge must be from the same era as the truck Stephen Hendrickson caught crossing the new Tappan Zee last month.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Rocket Science and The 1959 Plymouth Wagon

My cousin Sandy MacKinnon Macdougall's father was a Canadian rocket scientist assigned to work on some projects at Cape Canaveral in the sunny days of the space race. The photo was taken at Coco Beach, Florida in 1963.

Monday, October 9, 2017

1950 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery on the Triboro Bridge

from Stephen Hendrickson: "Here's another chase over a bridge. A beautiful turquoise green shiny finish. Old guy driving of course. Morning on the RFK bridge, aka the TriBoro.In the rear view mirror, the best I could get."

Sunday, October 8, 2017

1963 Ford Falcon Futura. And le pays d'en haut.

We were on the road from Cambridge, Mass. to Mont-Tremblant, Québec on a holiday weekend .(Columbus Day is Indigenous Peoples' Day in Cambridge, and Thanksgiving Day in Canada.) Traffic coming up through New Hampshire and Vermont was intense. Not to mention the Montréal bridge traffic. The last thing I expected to find was a nifty little 1962 Ford Falcon Futura convertible, in the parking lot of the Metro supermarché in Montreal's Notre Dame de Grace neighbourhood, when we pulled off the highway to pick up supplies for the weekend Up North.

Mont-Tremblant and the cabin with the Canadian cousins. The pays d'en haut. Always worth the drive.