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.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Taos, New Mexico Toyota HiLux

from Alex Morgan: "Early 80’s Toyota Hilux flatbed farm truck. Taos, New Mexico winter 2019."
from AL: friend of ours was biking out from Lubbock, Texas a few years back. Stopped at the cafe in Slaton, Tx and overheard one rancher telling another My boy used to drive Fords but now he's gone and gotten hisself one of them Toyotes. (pr. "coyotes").

Saturday, December 28, 2019

White 3000 COE

Geoff Park saw it for sale on OH-53 at Rimmelspach Farms, Fremont, Ohio.

1966 International Harvester C1100 Travelall

The truck's in Marfa, Texas.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Don's Father's 1982 C20 Chevrolet

Don took it over from his father, had it tuned up in Denton, Texas then drove it out to West Texas. Got glasspacks across the border in Ojinaga. 
Light changes dramatcially in West Texas--images of the truck and of the shed were shot the same afternoon, out on Don and Valerie's Finca Once Doce.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Marfa Mercedes 230

Same body as the 190D we caught on the road to Taos a while ago.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

1929? Farmboy Ford

from Alex Emond "I caught this "truck" out of the corner of my eye as I was driving north of Rockglen, Saskatchewan. Did a U turn and took these shots . Nobody was around to question so I don't know the story on this machine. It spent part of its long life in Regina. Now it's out to pasture, almost literally, Very funky . I doubt if it runs . Still , it's a joy to look at. Cheers , Alex

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

1963 Pontiac Bonneville convertible.

1959-68 are sleek years for Pontiac, in retrospect. This particular machine is on the block at B-A-T. AL has posted several 1963 Pontiac convertibles, mostly Catalinas, like this one in Texas. Here's a Bonneville in Maine that has been around a time or two. And a Canadian Parisienne. And how about this Catalina Safari wagon?

1980 GMC Rally STX van

 Hard to date these vans since they weren't much tweaked year to year. Let's call it a 1980. It was a surprise to come across such a clean specimen in the salty mudbowl of a Canadian winter in Banff. This unit looks like it spent its life somewhere dry, though there were slight outbreaks of rust around the rear wheel wells. But a beautiful and clean machine with a dazzling interior that seemed original,

Monday, December 16, 2019

1981 Chevrolet El Camino Conquista

Michael Moore saw the car + vintage Honda 50 motorbike on the Benicia jetty, in the East Bay, with weather coming in. We have posted plenty of El Caminos of all eras and from all over...maybe AL's favorite is this very clean '69 we caught in Ventura a while back. Try el camino in our search widget and you'll see a bunch.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Mitsubishi Delica, Banff

You see a lot of these rugged little 4wd vans in Western Canada. We understand they are imported as used cars straight from Japan---the steering wheel is on the right. The Delica van seems anything but delicate: Japanese branding often sounds a little otherworldly to the North American ear. What the heck was a Celica, anyway? Or a Tercel? Here's a post on more Japanese imports AL spotted in Vancouver a while back.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

1969 Chevrolet Impala

A 327 doesn't quite live up to those wheels, but AL is very fond of this edition of Chevrolet since we still hugely regret selling a 1969 Brookwood wagon. If you ever see that wagon for sale (it was last in Ventura CA) please drop a line. Spotted this car last month at Motorland in Arundel, Maine