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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Brooklin, Maine, United States
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.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Summah Cars: 1976 Cadillac Eldorado. Brooklin, Maine

It's actually a '76. I think. But I can't seem to make a change in the heading of the post.
And this car's twin is on the block today at Bring A Trailer.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Summah Cars: 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible

One owner. He bought it in Jacksonville FL. one minute after he got out of the Marines. Not a 442, but has the package as option.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Corb Lund & The Hurtin' Albertans, "The Truck Got Stuck"

Great song.

PHB   GH Ranch Sundre, Alberta 1973

1967 Ford Econoline pickup

You could use one of these. On the block at BAT.  

1963 Pontiac Bonneville convertible. The real meaning of joyride.

It's a '63, of course. 
What was that Springsteen lyric...? 
Well it ain't no secret, I've been around a time or two
Well I don't know baby maybe you've been around too


Monday, July 24, 2017

1975 Pontiac Safari

It's on ebay, in Florida.  Ye olde clamshell wagon.

Summah Cars: 1961 Buick Special convertible

In Blue Hill, Maine. Buick Special. The Pontiac edition was a Tempest.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

1965 Land Rover 109

It's up for auction at BAT.   If you use the AL search widget, up there to the right, you'll find a bunch more Land Rover posts. Including Grizzly Torque.

1976 Eldorado convertible. Blue Hill, Maine.

Big car in a tight spot; hard to fit it all into a photograph. Blue Hill, Maine. It was a week for convertibles. Summer cars. More to follow. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

At the Petersen Automotive Museum: High Art of Riding Low

At the Peterson Automotive Museum in LA, July 1, 2017 – July 2018: "The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón e Inspiración examines the diversity and complexity with which 50 artists visualize, celebrate, and interrogate the lowrider car through vehicles, paintings, sculptures, and site-specific installations. The lowrider car (ranfla) inspires many artists, but it is especially celebrated by Chicana/o artists throughout the Southwest. Symbols of cultural pride (corazón), and icons of everyday life experiences, lowriders also embody the formation of multicultural communities through a passion for a specific form of car customization. As “canvases of self-expression,” lowriders serve as the basis of artistic creativity (inspiración), inspiring generations of artists to engage with their iconography, performativity, and aesthetics..."

Friday, July 21, 2017

Speaking of two-seaters: 1933 supercharged MG L1

1933 MG L1 Magna Tourer. Volumex supercharger and ENV 75 Preselector gearbox. Restored by Tom Metcalf. For sale. Details at Olympian Cars


Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Palawan Mitsubishi Jeep

The Mitsubishi Jeep belongs to my Banff compañero Toby Clark. He and his wife Thelma and their family operate a low-key, beautiful island camping resort near Port Barton on the island of Palawan.