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, July 31, 2019

1967 Ford Custom 500

From Reid Cunningham: "This one was near Allegheny, PA. It had dual exhausts so a V8. A classic design, still looks good today."  Ford's sleeper? The lowly Custom was a usually stripper, as I recall. Plainjanes are the best.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

1970 Toyota Corona 1900

Back in 1970, the start of a decade when Japan--remember Japan?--was supposed to take over the world economy. They certainly did take and still hold the market for four-door sedans--a dying breed--in the US. I have very fond memories of a Mazda 808 wagon that took me to several coasts and back before it died of rust. The word was, the Japanese steel used by automakers didn't hold up, and I guess that's why Toyotas, Datsuns and Hondas of the era are a rare sight these days.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

1938 Plymouth Road King

Alex Emond saw the car for sale in Hemmings.  The traveling salesmen's car. "Have samples, will travel."

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

1949 Ford F2. The Brooklin Inn. Brooklin, Maine

 The Brooklin Inn has been tuned-up by new owners this summer.  We've posted a bunch of F2's including this one in Saskatchewan.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

1973 Series III Land Rover

On the block today at B-A-T

1967 Plymouth Sport Fury

Thanks to Reid Cunningham for the photos. Last Fury we posted was in Colorado Springs, and if you use the search widget--over there on the right--Fury will find you a bunch more.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Friday, July 19, 2019

Nash Ambassador Custom V8

 Cught the car at Motorland in Arundel, Maine last month.

 Apologies for ugly shot.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Swiss Army Unimog in Maine

 It's not a knife, or a watch, it's a Swiss Army truck. Sixties vintage. Lives in Maine. Tough unit.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Lipstick on a Chevrolet 3100

I'm not going to say "lipstick on a pig", because it isn't, but it should be against the law to put white sidewalls on a truck like this. Up for auction today on B-A-T.

Monday, July 15, 2019

1964 Pontiac Parisienne convertible

Sabrina Reeves saw le Pontiac à Montréal. Our friend Adam (of Food Shark fame) has US edition, a Bonneville, in Marfa, Texas. Montreal's in the middle of its own Big Dig, a rebuiliding of the city's bridge and highway infrastructure. Here's some Quebecois humor on that subject, hostie.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Trabant convertible

Guido Goluke spotted this beauty in Mecklenburg, Germany. Anoher Trabi post here.