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.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Ghost Rider on the Plains

From Alex Emond: "I just had enough time to grab my camera for this one take on the mystery truck . I was at a crossroads a few kilometers south of Cadillac, Saskatchewan " when I heard that rumblin' sound " It must be a fairly local truck so I'll probably run across it again. The fact that the picture showed up on the camera proves that It wasn't a mirage or a dream. Killer Truck."
AL: could that have been a Dodge 6x6 military truck originaly?

Friday, October 30, 2020

Ford C-600 New Hampshire

From Reid Cunningham: "They made these for so long I can never guess the year. The faded lettering says this was once a fire truck. Claremont, NH"

AL: here's a C-600 COE we saw in Kansas a while back. And a radicalized version in Banff. And another Ford COE in Colorado Springs


Thursday, October 29, 2020

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air

Primped for a film shoot in Harvard Square. Bel Air probably wouldn't have been a hack, right? More likely a Del Ray, like this on in Colorado Springs. Here's a '58 Brookwood wagon we saw in New Mexico a while back. Puis une Biscayne à Québec.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

1924 Buick Touring Car

Derek Van Bever spotted the Gatsby-era machine in Blue Hill, Maine.


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

1958 Dodge Custom Royal

Picture car on a film shoot in Harvard Square.


Monday, October 26, 2020

1955 Chevrolet Swift Current

One more from Alex Emond in Swift Current "... this time it's a 55 Chevy . A Heavy Chevy . Nothing halfway about it ... a thoroughly professional build . I wish I could hear it start up and see it in motion . It struck me as kind of funny ... it was in a church parking lot . Maybe it belongs to the "Rev" . Doing a burnout near the gates of hell. Revving it up. " 


Sunday, October 25, 2020

1955 Ford F-600

Reid Cunningham: "Claremont, NH. I was surprised to see a dump truck with the fancier custom cab. Given the antique plates and that it wasn't there a few weeks ago when I was last passing, it is probably a driver."


Saturday, October 24, 2020

October booklist

Books and stories read (or heard) in October:

In Hoffa's Shadow. Jack Goldsmith

Sea Power Admiral James Stavridis

The Blunderer Patricia Highsmith

Other Men's Daughters Richard Stern

Lincoln on the Verge. Ted Widmer

The Light of Day. Eric Ambler

Short-short stories podcast:

In Nature. Cameron Quincy Todd

The North Babak Lakhgomi

Less Than Five Miles From Home Christen Enos

Flood Keenan Walsh

1972 Pontiac Grand Prix

A survivor, hanging out at  Cambridge MA garage. One of the personal luxury cars pioneered by the Chevrolet Monte Carlo.


Friday, October 23, 2020

1966 Ford Custom 500 sleeper

At AL, we like sleepers: plainjanes with some get-up-and-go. The Ford here was on the block at BaT. Power's from a replacement 427ci side-oiler V8 featuring a dual carburetor setup and medium-rise cylinder heads.  Here's a '67 Ford Custom 500 in PA, with dual exhausts... and how about this 1964 Chevy Biscayne 409 we spotted in Colorado Springs a while back?  Or this 63 Ford Galaxie 500 in Maine.


Thursday, October 22, 2020

Massachusetts Work Trucks

AL likes trucks that mean business. Like this Ford F-350 with a Knapheide utility bed.

We've posted on s Boston tradition of old-fashioned lettering (looks like a circus font) and pin striping on trucks.See our post on Boston Truck Language.  It's certainly, but not exclusively, a Boston Irish thing, as in the GMC 2500 below.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

1974 International Scout II Rallye

From Jonathan Welsh:
"International Scouts are my favorites among vintage sport-utilities, especially when decorated with graphics that scream "1970s." This Rallye version showed up in Montclair, N.J., but appears to have spent time on Nantucket based on the oversand vehicle permits and beach passes. Decades ago my best friend's family drove a '78 Jeep Wagoneer, its rear window edged with several years worth of oversand permits from Martha's Vineyard. He explained that those things were status symbols. Today the old truck probably generates more envy. How it must stand out on the ferry, surrounded by the latest luxury crossovers. Here's a piece I wrote a few years back about collectible SUVs. Good for a chuckle, perhaps. 

AL: here's a Scout II in Maine a while back. Another in Miami. A wedding Scout in Colorado.