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 an '86 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of '97 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 27 years--we're recycling. I've published 2 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), and THE O'BRIENS (2012), and 2 collections of stories NIGHT DRIVING (1987), and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). Novel # 3, CARRY ME, will be out from Pantheon (US) and House of Anansi (Canada) in February 2016 and by Editions Philippe-Rey (Paris). More of my book stuff at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I've been teaching at Colorado College, Wichita State, and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I'll be a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right. It's free. Never an ad, never a sales pitch.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Modesto Muscle: 1968 Camaro

Thanks to Colin Washburn for the Camaro. Great car. Serious, get down to business machine. Don't like that blue. Modesto is George Lucas' hometown. The cult of nostalgia for the era Lucas paid homage to in American Graffiti has lasted many times as long as the era did. I guess Lucas is to blame for that sock-hop music they're always playing at every downhome car show I go to. And also for all those over-restored dreamboat slugmobiles of the mid-to-late Fifties. It's time to wake up the car-show playlist. There's always Bruce, who is his own genre, in that '69 Chevy with the 396.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Pair of F100's, San Antonio

Erik Baier caught these Ford F100's on the streets of San Antone. I'm guessing the white one's 1969 and the red, a '75. But I'm always wrong with Fords. Like the looks of this Ford generation. Drove one around Banff for a couple summers.
Then there was the orange 1974 F-250 that Jarrod McCabe piloted from Montana to Massachusetts a few years back.
San Antonio does look very green from a New England February point of view. Also compared to Trans-pecos Texas which is sunny and tawny under a blue sky, in February. Except for those mountains (Fort Davis, Chisos) which look purple seen from a distance. Am I homesick for Marfa, or what?

Monday, February 8, 2016

Bay Area Sightings: 60 C10, Corvair van, 1992 F150

from Michael Moore, a few miscellaneous sightings from somewhat sunny California; 
"Your basic boxy Ford 4x4 work truck, still with its original nasty coloration but with those ubiquitous white spoked ‘mags’...

 "…and a spiffy ’68 Chevy stepside, a bit too spiffy [and rarely driven, according to the mechanic who was working on it] for my taste.  I’ve always really liked the look of those ’67 - ’68 Chevs; had two in succession for twenty years [pp. 24 - 75 in my Auto Biographies];

"…finally, most rare Corvair on the Oakland/Berkeley border. Looks sectioned but it’s just a Corvair, lowered a bit..."--MSM

Sunday, February 7, 2016

1957 Continental Mark II

from Mike Moore in the Bay Area: "Couldn’t resist sending these on right away; Big Car Day…the Caddy on our morning walk, Minnesota plates, gone when I went back after breakfast…but the Continental [1957! wowee…] was happily parked up at Safeway in mild sunshine long enough to get some clear shots……and compared to my truck, which is quite small by current standards, the Mark ll is pretty modest, too. But what design, eh?"-MSM

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

Charlotte County, New Brunswick

from the poet & naturalist Brian Bartlett: "You were asking for car photos. Well here’s one over half a century old, from the early 1940s, taken during my father’s youth in Bartletts Mills, Charlotte Country, New Brunswick. My oldest cousin says that the second car from the right is the “Ford Sports Coupe” (1942?) that her father bought as his first car. He met his future wife at a Ford dealership in Fredericton where she was working. Sounds like it might’ve been a case of “You go to buy a car and find a wife as well.""-BB  

(My guess: the Ford is a '47. And perhaps our last post from the Picture Province was from Cape Cocagne and Caissie Cape a couple years back. Then there was that Plymouth from Hawaii--no, it was '62 Dart--for sale in Shediac )

Volvo P1800 for sale in NL

For sale in The Netherlands. Details at Hemmings. Thanks to Craig Manning for the heads-up. When I was in NL a couple of years ago I was surprised to learn it wasn't that expensive to ship big old classic American roadsters to Europe. That's why you see Finns driving around in Buicks. Or this Country Squire, in NL. Wonder if the westbound container fees are similar?