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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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 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.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Speaking of two-seaters: 1933 supercharged MG L1

1933 MG L1 Magna Tourer. Volumex supercharger and ENV 75 Preselector gearbox. Restored by Tom Metcalf. For sale. Details at Olympian Cars


Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Palawan Mitsubishi Jeep

The Mitsubishi Jeep belongs to my Banff compaƱero Toby Clark. He and his wife Thelma and their family operate a low-key, beautiful island camping resort near Port Barton on the island of Palawan. 

1960 Triumph TR3A

Caught the car at the Brooklin Inn on a warm (for Maine) summer night. Beautiful little machine from the heart of the British two-seater era. Any kid who ever read The Red Car ( a novel about a guy's relationship with his MG-TC) wanted a British sports car. Not a lot of power, but a lot of character.
This car was a beauty, though I don't agree with the whitewalls. Restored at English Auto USA in North Searsport, Maine.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

1969 Jeep Wagoneer

On the block today. California.  Details at BAT. 

1966 Ford F250, Truckee California

from Lee Saloutos: "Parked at main post office for about 90 seconds.. world's cleanest pickup!" 
More F's from this era are posted on AL--use the search widget. Look up to the right. See it? Including one for sale in Saskatchewan.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

CJ Jeep

Super-size me--not! Everything in America becomes, over time, a parody of itself. Karl Marx can probably explain why. Bigger, fatter, much less interesting. Everything becomes sooner rather than later a parody of its original self. This dynamic seems baked into capitalism. Here's a Jeep from the days when they were lean, mean little machines. Most Americans couldn't fit behind the wheel, now. Thanks to Basha Burwell who caught the machine on a steamy hot day in Clayton, Missouri.
Q. Do people still say "Missourah"?

Monday, July 17, 2017

1972 Volkswagen Bus.

Caught the VW in downtown Brooklin, Maine. Florida plates. The owner said it wasn't originally a Westfalia---he cut the roof out of a regular bus and installed a camper top he got for fifty bucks. Custom-built that rear side window with a fiberglass frame. Looks pretty good, too.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Trail to Healy Pass

from Alex Emond, in Banff: "Today I got an early start and walked up to Healy Pass just to give the dogs a good one and I felt the need to get up high too . Back to the salt mines tomorrow. Cheers"-AE

Saturday, July 15, 2017

1950 Chevrolet

from Stephen Henrickson in PA: "Out by the old barn, rusted and forgotten."

Friday, July 14, 2017

Another evening in Center Harbor

The motor launch in Honey Badger, Matthews, built 1931. The yawl is Quest, a John Alden design, 1959. And that's a Herreshoff 12 1/2, foreground.

Profiles: 1966 Ford F-100, Portland ME; 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 1500, Blue Hill ME

 We like profile shots. Basha Burwell has the photo credit for the Ford, in Portland's West End.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017