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, August 29, 2018

1957 Pontiac

from Alex Emond in south Saskatchewan, up there in The Country Formerly Known As Our Ally. "I was walking through an older neighbourhood in Swift Current with the dogs, killing time while getting an oil change. This pale yellow, faded Pontiac was hanging out on the street . Original everything and the interior was in good shape too which was surprising with the paint so sunbleached. For every 20 '57 Chevy's you might see a Pontiac . I couldn't see what they called this model ... no badging. Very nice , whatever it is . Cheers , Alex
AL: looks to us like maybe a Pontiac Pathfinder

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Hot August Nights, etc.

from Michael Moore: Here’s the only sign I saw of Hot August Nights I saw when we were in Nevada...meant to mention that previous Merc seemed to be painted the rarely seen color - “matador red” - I had my VW convertible painted after I wrecked it in 1961. Rarely seen, not quite like the ubiquitous “hugger orange” GM uses. Redder.
…and this backyarder in Walsenburg;Which looks SO like those tiny cast lead toy cars I used to get for a nickel I can hardly stand it!

Friday, August 24, 2018

MercOmatic 1955 Monterey

 The car was for sale earlier this summer at Motorland in Arundel, Maine.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Foggy day, Eggemoggin Reach

Yeah, I know, it's an old truck blog. But sailing is what we do in summer, hereabouts. Here you see a Beetle Cat, 2 Herreshoff 12 1/2's, and a pair Bridges Point 24s. All are wooden. The Bridges Points were built just a mile down our Eggemoggin Reach, at Wade Dow's Bridges Point Boatyard.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Langdon Clay: Night Cars of New York Nova

The Langdon Clay photos knock me out. Weirdly beautiful, they have much to say about the seedy, down-on-its-luck NYC of that  era.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Sun Valley Mercury, 1954

We posted the Merc a few years back, and caught it again at the only gas station on the Blue Hill Peninsula that sells gasoline sans ethanol.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

1963 Ford F-100

from the intrepid Geoff Park. "Midway Truck Stop, Columbia MO"

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

1957 Pontiac Chieftain Station Wagon

Alex Emond caught the wagon at a show & shine in Canmore, Alberta. The Rockies are hazed in smoke this summer, he reports. The West needs rain, and so does Maine.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Willys Street Rod.

Michael Moore caughr it in Benicia, Calif. in the spring, before the fires.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Schooner, Center Harbor

Schooner at anchor, Center Harbor, Eggemoggin Reach.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Gulfstream 30, Eggemoggin Reach

Sailing up the Reach from Penobscot Bay. A Sparkman & Stephens design from the mid-1950s. Wind was coming up to about 20 knots SW by the time we made the harbor that afternoon.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

1960 Nash Metropoitan

All photographs ©AnneLennox2018
 Anne caught the car at a Salida, Colorado car show.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

London glitz.

from Stephen Hendrickson, in London "Two casually parked on London streets today..."
AL; Russians?

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Dodge Swinger (1971?)

From Reid Cunningham: "Fairport NY, the Carter-Mondale sticker is a great touch.  The interior was nicely restored, it the original AM radio and full gauges on the dash. Single exhaust so the slant six or a 318?   I was visiting the used tool store, you can buy donated tools and the proceeds go to charity.  I am guessing one of the retired gentleman that volunteers at the store is the proud owner of this Swinger.  I forgot to check the registration sticker for the year."