Is that a question you never thought you'd ask?
The answer is here.
The German obsession with big wide American wagons is an extension of the German obsession with big wide open American space:
“...So there I was, in Chicago,” said Knesebeck, “soon heading out on Route 66 towards the South, doing the great American Roadtrip in a classic V8 land yacht. It was an incredible adventure. Apart from a fuel tank leak I got plugged at a small garage in Memphis, Lucille provided trouble-free transportation for me and my girlfriend over three weeks of road-tripping...”
It all goes back to Karl May and the Winnetou stories. And you can read all about that in my new novel CARRY ME, which includes the primal German roadtrip, from NYC to Texas and across el Llano Estacado
"Carry Me is almost as dreamlike as its desert setting." —The National Post.
“[CARRY ME] is both poetry and cartography . . . . Behrens has mined truths so skillfully that in reading they can slip by unnoticed; they’re never glaring or contrived. They leave the reader with a feeling Billy describes as he’s driving across Germany . . . . Great writing keeps readers on this threshold, in liminal space, wanting to know and understand more than literature or life will allow, anxious for the next big lesson. CARRY ME is full of this kind of searching, characters looking for a way to map their lives against war and love and change.” —Heidi Sistare, Portland Press Herald