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.


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Brooklin, Maine, United States
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 25 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.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

One Morning in Maine: the Nutshell Pram, a Joel White design

LOA 7'7" or 9'6"
Beam 4.0' or 4'.4"
Weight 90 lbs  or 100 lbs
"In my opinion this is the best pram ever designed"--Maynard Bray

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Summer Cars, part 3. 1965 Mustang convertible. Blue Hill, Maine

  The thing about summer cars is they are mostly original, not restored or refined "collector cars" but  retired family cars that are kept alive and in the family. They are stored in barns in winter and brought out for the summer back roads of Maine. I caught this one at the Co-Op in Blue Hill.

Summer Cars, Part 2. 1967 Imperial Crown Convertible. Blue Hill Maine

Friday, July 25, 2014

End of Road Pirate

from Guido Goluke, Dutch translator of On The Road:
"The photo of the elevated car wreck in Enganaevo, near Ulyanovsk, Russia, was taken by me in the summer of 2012, when I made a Kazan-Kazan bicycle trip, along the east and west banks of the Volga.
The photo of the same car wreck in winter caught my eye when I looked up ‘финиш лихача’ on Yandeks. The translation is pretty obvious: ‘End of Road Pirate’"--GG

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer Cars, Blue Hill Peninsula: the 1967 Humber Super Snipe.

There is a genre of Summer Cars here on the Peninsula; also out on the islands. These are usually machines of a certain age and character that find their way into barns for the winter, but are an awkward joy to drive along the quiet coast roads in summertime. The village of Blue Hill is home to one of the largest herds of summer cars in Maine.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

One Morning in Maine,part 3

Charlena was built as a lobster boat by Newell McLain in Thomaston, Maine 1943, Nowadays she lives in Center Harbor.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Orphan County cars : 1950 Ford Custom; 1929 Ford. And Mother Jones

from Michael Moore in Walsenburg, Huerfano County, Colorado:"In town today there were these two Fords forlornly advertising the local industry, which seems to have devolved into people trying to sell overpriced "antiques" to passing tourists... A nice original two door sedan...[actually that's maybe a Chevy, now that I look at it !] [[Nah, it's Ford Town Coupe--AL]]

"Behind that a tractor [with model A wheel available for plucking from the fence behind it];
Just off Fourth Street, half a block east of our storage building and within sight of the Huerfano County courthouse, this shoebox... somebody once put a tarp over it, but they wandered off, alas...
That would be the courthouse in the background, on the steps of which Mother Jones proclaimed "if the men weren't man enough to go on strike the women will" either just before she was arrested or just after making bail around 100 years ago.  The Ludlow Massacre (AL-see  David Mason's novel-in-verse, Ludlow) soon followed, and the rest is history, as they say, ongoing; meanwhile we have this four-door from the fifties, languishing...