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, July 31, 2021

1961 Chevrolet Bel Air bubbletop


Nothing says 'sleek' like a '61. See our post on that annus mirabilis automobilia. The Bel Air is outfitted as a sleeper of the era. Minimalism, going fast. On the block at Hemmings.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Thursday, July 29, 2021

1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS

Henry Behrens caught the Camino in Blue Hill, Maine. Maybe our favorite El Camino is the cat's eye '59.


Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Arundel, Maine. Chevrolet 3100

About as truck as it gets. We saw it at Motorland in Arundel, Maine. Further 3100s we have posted: a '57 from Apalachicola, FL  A rugged survivor in Colorado Springs. A 3100 lowrider in Santa Fe; a 1952 3100 in Saskatchewan.


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Rude Ford F 250 duelly & Light Wounds


The poet Eva H.D. forwarded this from a friend en route NYC-Seattle. Her Light Wounds is out, and available at Tribes. org

Monday, July 26, 2021

1953 Chevrolet 210 original

Saw this car for sale in Freeport, Maine. We posted a 1954 Chevy 210 from Alberta a while back. And a 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air from Santa Fe. A '54 Bel Air in Colorado Springs. Another 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air in Sedgwick, Maine.


Sunday, July 25, 2021

Rover SD1


from Jonathan Welsh: "Fans of the "New Avengers" TV show of the late 1970s would recognize the Rover SD1 as agent John Steed's car from the series. Otherwise U.S. drivers might be at a loss. While the sleek design sold from 1976 to '86 in Europe, buyers here never warmed to it. After two years on the market -- '80 and '81 -- it was gone. Judging by the hood badge I'll call this an '81 model. Don't those 14-inch wheels seem impossibly tiny by today's standards?"

Friday, July 23, 2021

1951 International Harvester ranch truck


Two Internationals arrived on the AL doorstep the same day. The flatbed from Larry Nordell outside Helena,  Montana; the stock truck from Matt Dallett on the road to Aspen CO.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

1966 Mustang convertible, with all the angles

From Reid Cunningham, in Milford NH: "Just a nice basic Mustang convertible.  Automatic and judging by the small single exhaust a straight 6.  I like the original hubcaps.  A nice cruiser, not a bruiser.  I appreciate that it wasn't "improved".  Milford, NH I also like how the angle on the mirror support matches the angle of the windshield and vent window." 

AL: Here's a '65 convertible in Cambridge MA. 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Wolseley Hornet Mk II


A more luxurious, extended and finned version of the Mini, these ran through the 1960s. Grill looks a little overdone on such a tiny car but maybe it spoke class to British buyers. AL caught the car at Motorland in Arundel, Maine.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

1969 Chevrolet Camaro

 Caught the Camaro in Belfast, Maine. A few years back AL caught another '69 on its way back from the strip at Winterport. And Michael Moore saw one in the Bay Area. The Chevrolet  Monte Carlo was a more sedate executive version of this car.