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Yes, the road.
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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.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Ford Country Squire: vinyl is final

from Jonathan Welsh: "When I was growing up in the 1970s and '80s, people loved to make fun of the fake-wood decor on many U.S. station wagons and certain sport-utility vehicles like the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. But clearly there was underlying love because folks sure bought a lot of them. I always considered Ford's Country Squire the best-executed version through the decades. Ford turned them out from 1950 to 1991. As SUVs pushed wagons out of the market, most of the wood went with them. Of course Squires like this '85 model are rare and desirable today. The Rice and Holman dealer badge is of interest to fans of drag racing's golden age in the 1960s and '70. Back then the Pennsauken, N.J., dealership sponsored  Ford Mustangs and Mavericks driven by racing legend Al Joniec...The 1968 Mustang racer (below) is courtesy of Mecum Auctions. " (AL: And Racing in the Street is, of course, by N.J.'s own Bruce Springsteen.)

The Ford Country Squire is a poem by Jane Hilbery.

California Squire.

And a 1967 Country Squire we caught in Arundel, Maine a while back.

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