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.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

1950 Dodge. Kincaid, Saskatchewan

Alex Emond caught the Dodge on the Canada Day parade a few years back.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Ford Torino and Chevrolet Monte Carlo

William Eggleston photograph. And that must be a 1974 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Used to call them personal luxury cars.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Friday, February 22, 2019

Econoline Van Life

from Alex Morgan: "Great patina on this old vanlyfe."
Ford off to the side of a Walmart parking lot Las Vegas NM
Check the autoliterate post on downtown  Las Vegas NM

1959 Pontiac Laurentian Safari wagon

Alex Emond: "Here's another look at a "59 PontiacWagon that I sent you a few years back. To quote Austin Powers ..."Yeah Baby!" 
More on the car here.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Robert Bechtle. Rambler

Robert Bechtle painting, 58 Rambler. 1967.
It's the time of year when old metal is scarce on the roads of New England. If you live in a more hospitable region please send us some jpegs of interesting machines, particularly 1959 Pontiacs.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

New Mexico Toyota Hilux

from Alex Morgan in eastern New Mexico: "Our truck. 1982 long bed with 200k. Found items under the seat indicated original life in Washington state then New Mexico and Texas and travels to east coast. It’s never had anything done much to it. I am installing a Weber 38, headers, and a fresher transmission.
"Later down the road I am doing a vw turbo diesel motor swap, modern transmission and a custom off bed fiberglass overlanding camper for a big Baja Mexico trip."

Monday, February 18, 2019

Fierce Dodge

from Alex Emond. This Dodge is early 50's with a few minor adjustments ... certainly a newer motor , and so on . The truck lives in Mossbank, Saskatchewan.You have seen it before but this is a good shot and always makes me grin. Just a little over the top. Cheers , Alex

Sunday, February 17, 2019

American Dream Cars in San Antonio

Thanks to Stephen Hendrickson for the heads-up. Organized by the McNay Museum of San Antonio, Texas American Dreams: Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings explores the ingenuity and innovation of postwar America. This period, known as America’s Golden Age, witnessed the explosion of Abstract Expressionism, Pop art, and Op art; the mass production of automobiles; and increased wealth and consumerism. The exhibition presents 10 classic cars as modern sculpture, alongside paintings from the McNay’s collection and select loans.
(There are some of the usual suspects in the show..but I think that's a Packard Caribbean down below (with the Calif plate)

Friday, February 15, 2019

William Eggleston. Dye transfer print. Buick Electra. Or Olds 98?

 William Eggleston, untitled 1970-73, dye transfer print.

"In 1976, New York’s Museum of Modern Art mounted a controversial solo show of Eggleston’s color prints. Although critics deemed it the most hated exhibition of the year, it strongly influenced a subsequent generation of fine art photographers and filmmakers. His effect on photography remains notable today, as does his subject matter. From a bare light bulb hanging from a richly painted ceiling to the contents of his freezer, Eggleston selects the commonplace and transforms it into the extraordinary." from Eggleston show at the Portland Art Museum (Oregon)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ryan Schude and the Corvair

Another from Ryan Schude's Them & Theirs series of photographs about Californians and their cars

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

1951 GMC 3100

The truck was pulled out of a barn in Manitoba and is for sale at Bison Brothers.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Austin A40

Saw the car in the barn at Motorland last spring.
Hey, what is that little yellow sedan (below)?

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Friday, February 8, 2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019

1979 Ford F250, 1987 Chevrolet C20. West Texas

from Don Green Culbertson, in West Texas:
"Two ranch trucks and a tractor
The Ford is Coors
The Chevy is Bud
The Allis-Chalmers tractor is pabts blue ribbon
Pardon the beer analogy, but that’s the way they roll."

Monday, February 4, 2019

Sunday, February 3, 2019

55 Chevrolet Apache. Walsenburg, CO

Walsenburg, Colorado. '55 Chevrolet Apache. Those trucks weather well.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

1955 Chevrolet 3100. Marfa, Texas.

 That truck's been hanging out in downtown Marfa for years.