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.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

1970 and 1969 Chevrolets.

This from Don Green Culbertson, in Denton, Texas. I love Chevys of that vintage, especially my late great 1969 Brookwood wagon (below) which I sold in a moment of weakness (or maybe desperation) and would like to reclaim. Last seen in Ventura CA. If you ever hear tell of it, let me know.

Monday, January 28, 2019

1966 Mercedes-Benz 250SE

For sale, at Olympian Cars. You can get in touch with Eric through the Facebook page.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

1953 Studebaker (with Continental kit).

The Studebaker's all original, and hidden in a barn in West Texas. Clean car. That Continental kit is over several tops, though.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Friday, January 25, 2019

Atoka, Oklahoma

Geoff Park photo. Southing on US 59. That would be a Rambler wagon and a 1963? Cadillac.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Ryan Schude: "Them & Theirs"

Matt Hummel and his 1956 Porsche 356 Cabriolet
One of Ryan Schude's photographs from his series "Them & Theirs" about Californians and their cars.
"Matt Hummel is a Porsche collector and restorer. This 1956 356 Coupe is a rare breed in that world and he still drives it all across California often. He is a super chill dude in general so having him relaxing at this beach at Point Dume in Malibu was an obvious location. Sometimes the series get a little staged but if the subject and vehicle call for it, keeping it natural and simple can be best."

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019

Land Rover, Cambridge

Massachusetts, that is. We've seen this machine before, in  different configuration. If you try our search widget you'll se a bunch more L-R's posted, including Grizzly Torque.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

1953 Mercury M-350

The truck is for sale by Bison Brothers, in Alberta. These guys seeme to pulling old trucks out of farmyards on the prairies, cleaning them up a little and shipping them south as raw material. Hey speaking of the prairie provinces, have you heard Colter Wall? He knows how to play guitar, though I wish he'd lose the ugly hat. Maybe the Wrangler jacket too. No need to dress like a cowboy if you can sing like one. See Townes, e.g.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

1962 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

Perhaps wishful thinking, but I felt returning light for the first time yesterday afternoon, and last night had the first of my annual series of (anxiety) dreams re. launching SCOUT, our Cape Dory 25. The countdown has begun. In honor of the bold idea of summer, here's a Mercedes Benz 190 SL I  caught in Blue Hill, Maine a few years back. If you put SL into our search widget, up there to the right, you'll see a few more, of different eras. ("It was not until the beginning of 2017 that a chance finding in the corporate archive clarified that the that the abbreviation SL stood for Super-Leicht.")

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

 Car needs help. Backstreets of Marathon, Texas.

Monday, January 14, 2019

1938 Mercedes to Nepal.

A 1938 Mercedes being delivered to the King Truibhuvan of Nepal, gift of Adolf Hitler. No roads to the capitol.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

1961 Corvair en repos. Marathon, Texas

Excellent air-cooled engine on these babies, says Pat Rogers,  the Porsche wrangler of West Texas. 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Chevrolet C20 Marfa Texas

It's not all minimalist modernisim out there. Have you seen our posts on Donald Judd's truck? The Dodge D250 and the 1972 PowerWagon? The man didn't do Chevys, though I still think our '86 C10 is a  well-organized minimalist machine.