Eagle Nest, New Mexico, 2012. “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.
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 24 years-we're recyclers. 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). More of my book stuff at www.peterbehrens.org I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'll be teaching at Colorado College and Wichita State in 2013-14.
One morning four years ago I bought our 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 from Bee Pierce in Marfa, Texas. It had been a Marfa truck forever. I shipped it up to Maine where it now lives. This year I found the truck's identical twin, or what was left of it, on a backstreet in Marfa.
No rust on either truck. Mine was a one-owner, maintained by a meticulous man who was a long-haul trucker. I don't believe my truck ever left Presidio County until it was shipped to Maine.
Okay, it probably went to Alpine (Brewster County) now and then.
Don't know the story of the other truck. I was, of course, scouting for parts, but there wasn't much left. We'll be back in Marfa in a couple of weeks so I will take another look. I'd like an axle.
Somewhere along the way my truck acquired a Chevrolet tailgate.
Originally sold by Casner Motors in Marfa, which occupied the downtown building that is now Marfa's City Hall.
From our man on the high plains of south Saskatchewan-- "Morning Peter. Mercury rising. Beat up as this truck looks, it is all there and reasonably undinged, if that's a word. It is just on the edge of town, waiting for Jay Leno to drive by and take pity on it."--ALEX EMOND Autoliterate found a wonderful Canadian Mercury M-3 truck in Nova Scotia a couple years back. That truck had come out of Saskatchewan which, with its high, dry climate--and citizens who are farmer-mechanics and tinkerers--seems to be a retirement home for old metal.
from David Branch, in Marfa: "I'm super partial to these old Toyotas. In fact, I own a 1980 myself. This fellow was driving thru Marfa during an ice storm. I followed him to the Stripes, where he bought cheese nabs and a water. Left the truck idling (amazingly well) in the lot, windsurfer in the back. Shorts, polo, anorak. New Mexico tags Cool fellow, short on words. Had the truck since 1982."--DB
It is getting late in the season for hauling out. The boat looked handsome and so did the truck, though neither were speed machines, and both could probably use a little work. Have a look at this 1960s White truck at Bill Grant's Boatyard in Sedgwick, Maine.
I'm thinking 6 months today, Scout goes in the water.
from photographer Scott Dorrance: "This car is located in Mt Vernon, Maine at an old mill . The owner came out and spoke to me while I was taking pictures. He and his brother made the car up after Johnny Cash's song "One Piece at a Time." Based on a late 60's Mercury Monterey."