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.

PHB

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Brooklin, Maine, United States
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.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

William Eggleston, 'Car and Brick Wall'

A '58 Ford, I'm guessing. William Eggleston is one of the great American photographers, leading our eyes into new (old) places, seeing their strange wonder.

The VW pickup. Brooklin Maine

Used to see these rigs in Canada. Never here. Until this one turned up at WoodenBoat School. 4WD, too.








Friday, June 23, 2017

1963 Ford Galaxie 500


The ex-John Willment Racing Team, Driven by Jack Sears to the 1963 British Saloon Car Championship. The Galaxie is up for auction at Bonhams in the UK. Thanks to Stephen Hendrickson for the heads-up.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

1963 Pontic Catalina Safari

You know how much we like station wagons and this one is a straight, clean classic from the great wagon era. We've posted it before--it lives on our peninsula-- but it is such a beauty we didn't think you mind seeing it again.







Wednesday, June 21, 2017

1950 Chevrolet

From Alex Emond in south Saskatchewan: "Here's a scene from Lafleche, Sask. This Chevrolet probably does a bit of yard work and trips to the dump a few times a year. Semi-retired, almost out to pasture. I realize that these photos are like hardware store calendar art but so be it.
I was a little upset to see that this late 40's International Harvester truck was no longer in it's spot, in a back yard in Lafleche ... I did this quick sketch of it late last summer. It might have been sold or maybe the owner is working on it somewhere . Cheers" --AE






Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Jaguar XKE convertible. Cambridge, Massachusetts

They were the coolest thing around. Don't know if that gestalt has ever been matched. Never driven one. Have you? I miss the wire wheels on this car. We've posted on Jags before.





Monday, June 19, 2017

1955 Chevrolet wagon, Maine



Saw one of these for sale in San Luis, Colorado in April. This one was in Searsport. Maine.




Sunday, June 18, 2017

1952 Buick Roadmaster

Thanks to Stephen Hendrickson for the heads-up on A.J Baime's piece in the WSJ Wednesday, June 14, 2017. AL posted on another four-hole Roadmaster from Appalachicola, FL in April.





Saturday, June 17, 2017

1954 Chevrolet Bel Air, Sedgwick Maine (Eggemoggin Reach)

 We've posted the Chevy before but she looked so beautiful on a bright June day in Maine that O had to stop and catch her again.



 The view from the car...Benjamin River and Eggemoggin Reach.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Norman Timbs 1949 Roadster.

"While many of these scratch-built custom creations were backyard efforts with fundamental engineering based on production car technology, Norman Timbs’ car was very different. So was Timbs. He was a skilled mechanical engineer who’d earlier designed the 1947, ’48 and ’49 Indy 500-winning Blue Crown Specials, driven by Bill Holland and Mauri Rose, and worked with the irrepressible Preston Tucker on the Tucker 48 Torpedo design. More on Timbs later, but first, let’s talk about his one-of-a-kind car..." in Old Cars Weekly Thanks to Lee Saloutos for the heads-up on this beauty.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

1964 Ford Galaxie, etc.

from Alex Emond, on the northern plains: "I saw this lineup (of retired grainers) - like the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse, as I was driving through Redcliff, Alberta on my way to Ponteix... 

"Then, in Dunmore, west of Medicine Hat , these two old vets were posing , begging me to stop. This is what happens if you never use sunscreen ...patinapatina. 
  I think that the white car is a 1964 Ford Galaxie. That's got potential ...quite a statement."--AE