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.

Monday, June 30, 2014

1928 Oakland

Mr and Mrs Horace Wardwell of Sargentville, Maine have owned the Oakland for half a century.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

3 trucks (Saskatchewan)

Alex Emond's eye caught these grainers in Ponteix, Saskatchewan.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Alberta Crude

from Alex Emond
"This truck left me feeling somewhat incredulous, whatever that means. At least we know which side of the "debate" this guy is on." Alex   
p.s. This was in Swift Current (Saskatchewan) [but we know where the oil comes from]

Scout (Cape Dory 25) gets wet in Sedgwick Maine

 After a week of prep, Scout was launched at the Sedgwick Town Landing on the Benjamin River yesterday. Bill Grant in charge. I have been tuning rigging today, and various other chores. With any luck, we'll sail up Egeemoggin Reach to Center Harbor, and our mooring, tomorrow.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

32 Ford 3-window


For His Second Act, a Hot Rod Builder Turns Back the Clock

A Connecticut man has turned his garage into a showplace. In addition to his two customized Fords and 81 trophies, the garage holds enough machinery for several body shops.
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Thanks to Larry Nordell for the heads-up on this one...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

1952 Chevrolet truck from Classic trucks

Found it on Classic Trucks Magazine facebook page. Mostly low riders there. But I couldn't resist this one. Except them whitewalls. First time I went to Texas, from Alberta, it was a long slow drive in a 1952 Chevrolet 3/4 ton grainer. Best truck. Ever. I think the photo is Deer Lodge, Montana.

1975 Chevrolet C10, Maine

Boys, truck, geraniums, Maine. The road to the pond.

The West Texas Ford F-250 Man: Roy's Shop in Marfa

from Don Culbertson, in Marfa Texas:
"Roy, known as Popo to the kids in town, has been tuning up cars and trucks for 5 decades. Originally from Ft Davis, he set up shop here in Marfa. Roy drives  a 1975 F-250. He keeps my 1978 F250 on the road. Roy reluctantly rebuilt my allis chalmers 50/50 tractor. It's not a Ford, but he fixed it. Here's a sample of what's parked on his lot. Roy's is the place to pump up the tires, have a cold beer and bask in the presence of the old timers...
"The black truck is for sale."--DGC

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cape Dory 25

 Scout getting ready to go in. Bottom paint, some topside, a coat of varnish. Motor tuned up. Need a patch on the keel and we're ready to go in, maybe Friday.

Bill's Boatyard, Sedgwick Maine

Rat Rod, Swift Current Saskatchewan

 from Alex Emond:
 "For sale in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Ride around, make people grin, and confuse the constabulary. A tall driver would have to be flexible to get in and out of this thing."-AE

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Frank Gehry Flips

 They are building a 70-foot Frank Gehry-designed sloop at the Brookin Boatyard. (Gehry designed the interior. See the windows, below.) Hulls that size are always built upside down, and at a certain point in the process they are flipped. Flipping a big boat is always a social event here in Brooklin, and on Friday it seemed half the town was down at the boatyard to watch. Slow motion fun. Launch date is a year from now.