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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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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Trucks I Have Known


from Michael Moore:
"Some relics, domestic and foreign, recently spotted here in a bedroom..."

1954 Chevrolet 210


AE found a '54 wagon in Banff a while back. BTW, if you're looking to drive a wonderfully quiet down-home stretch of the Maine coast, follow the Reach Road from Brooklin Village to the Deer Isle Bridge. 












Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Artists' Living Working Space in the other Brookl(i)n: For Sale Cheap

Yes it's a project. But this wonderful building at the top of Center Harbor in Brooklin, Maine has been unsold for too long. Listed for $299k but it's been on the market a while. The Oddfellows Hall has great views of the prettiest harbor in Maine. Our friend Chris Baker had his studio in there for years. They poured a new foundation a couple of years ago and drains and septic are new. I have no interest in this building other than wanting to see it used and loved again: it's definitely the most striking building in town, and it deserves a tune-up and some imaginative new owners.













Monday, July 28, 2014

1955 Mercury M-350 and other one-ton pickups for sale



  from Alex Emond in southern Saskatchewan:
"In my two month hiatus out in Ponteix, Sask., this spring, I just kept running into old trucks . The country is crawling with them. So don't be alarmed if I have to keep sending you pictures . I was driving around more this trip , with the luxury of time. There's a whole lotta nothing worth seeing. Most people are skeptics, but I find some little pockets that are stunning and I like the spare, half-empty vibe of so many of the towns . 
Up in a little semi-former village of Gouldtown is a house with a row of shiny fixed up trucks, ranging from the late 40's to the late 50's . Mostly one-ton trucks with power take off dump truck beds in them. I met the guy, a retired mechanic who moved out from Nova Scotia to find a dry climate. He fixes these old trucks up and sells them... prices ranging from $2500 to &3500. Cheap like Borscht . He can't resist painting them . Gouldtown is north of the Trans Canada Hwy. just south of Lake Diefenbaker."AE
ps the green machine was already spoken for , sold at $ 3500 


1937 Studebaker. Brooklin, Maine.









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.