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.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mercedes Benz 230 SL, Loring Timing Association, and The Problem of Nostalgia

Stopped at Affordable Performance, Sean McKay's car shop on the Naskeag Road (across from the cemetery, next to the Beth Eden chapel.) One of the first machines I saw was this spritely Benz. I'll post later on the beater 1995 GMC that Sean is psyching-up to run at Loring Timing Association's 2.5 ex-airfield strip this weekend, way up in The County.  Zooming old airstrips: boys, this is going back to gearhead roots of the mid-late 1940s, when abandoned airfields (and California dry lakes) were the early venues of our kind of racing. Speaking of roots, have a look at the current issue of Hot Rod for a profile of the last 50 years of making things go faster. On the other hand: back in the May 2013 issue HR ran a sharp piece by David Freiburger on the problem of nostalgia ("Nostalgia: Getting Old?"). The problem may be bigger than billet.

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