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.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Kaiser Jeep M715. Portland, Maine

 I thought this might have been the same unit as the Kaiser Jeep M715 we posted from Freeport Maine a couple years back---but not. Thanks to Scott Dorrance for the photographs. After they got out of the army a lot of these were painted red as fire dept. trucks.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

1972 Chevrolet C50

 Michael Moore caught the truck rolling through Walsenburg, Colorado.  See the C50 pickup below. More on that at

Saturday, January 27, 2018

1952 Bristol 401 (2 Litre)

from Geoff Park: "Saw this car on Mortimer Rd,, Kensal Green, London NW10 today. I think it's a 1952 Bristol 401 but I'm not sure (research required) Lovely car though..."

Friday, January 26, 2018

Go faster and magically you will fit under the bridge.

The 11 best crashes at the 11'8' bridge in Durham, NC, video recorded by ©Jürgen Henn. Thanks to Larry Nordell for the heads up.


Drive Drove Driven

Drive Drove Driven will be  at
Kommunale Galerie Berlin,  
January 28 to April 8, 2018. Thanks to Craig Manning for heads-up.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Cambridge Land Rover

Calling them Defenders sounds a little...defensive. If you try our search widget, you'll find a bunch of Land Rovers posted here on AL, many of them in the Netherlands, where LRs are everything from workaday utility company trucks to high-end flashmobiles. This was a January day in Cambridge when the 14" blizzard of the previous weekhad been evaporated by a couple days of rain and temps in the low 60s.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Los Guys (Española)

All photos ©JW Burleson 2018
Bill Burleson shot these when they were in Santa Fe. You want to go low, go Española. Is this a '49 Chevy?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Keeping It Low in Santa Fe: 1964 Chevrolet Impala

©JW Burleson 2018
 Thanks to Bill Burleson for the stunning photos of these brilliant cars. Nowhere does low like New Mexico.

Highland Avenue, Marfa Texas.

Monday, January 22, 2018

1946 Dodge

From Colin Washburn in the Sierra Foothills: "On the outskirts of Angels Camp. Slightly wounded ..... took 2 bullets."

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Low Rider Chevy, Santa Fe

All photos ©JWBurkeson 201
from JW Burleson in Santa Fe: "I stumbled across a bunch of cars in front of a high-end, low rider bar downtown. I had looked at some awful photos of Montecito a bit earlier, so when all this exuberant local color and form appeared, my mood was much improved. Hope you enjoy the attached images as much as I enjoyed making them."--JWB

Saturday, January 20, 2018

La Cucaracha. Alpine, Texas

I though it might be an English Ford Escort---but, no, and the shape of the of suggests room for more of an engine...I really haven't a clue what this was. Any ideas? 

Friday, January 19, 2018

El '58 Chevy Impala

All photos ©JW Burleson 2018
Bill Burleson took these stunning photos in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Autoliterate has posted other (more basic) '58 Chevys: the Maine Biscayne, the Yeoman wagon, a Québéc Biscayne and a Cimarron (NM) Brookwood.