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 26 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 March 2016 and Editions Philippe-Rey (Paris) will publish it as PORTE-MOI. 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.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

1963 Chevrolet Corvair 95 Rampside Pickup

We've had a few of these Corvair trucks up on Autoliterate. This one's at a West Coast dealer and coming up for auction very soon at B-A-T.  I always wondered what happened to the ramp on the surface that made contact with cement or loading dock or what have you. Is that a rubber fender? Factory or add-on? I like the look of the truck. Nimble.

Friday, August 28, 2015

1956 International Harvester S140 4x4

The real deal:factory 4x4, 27k miles, surface rust only. For sale in Idaho. Find out more on B-A-T.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

1963 Chevy, La Veta Colorado

from Mike Moore: "With or without the deer, you pick." -MSM

Monday, August 24, 2015

Poor Old Ferrari Superamerica Coupe at Pebble Beach; Chevy Vega at Brooklin General

We've all seen so many over-restored crazy-old-man cars. A lot of Fifties cream puffs, especially, are presented this way. But it's usually more of a kick to encounter a well-maintained original or one that's been forgotten in a barn somewhere by someone's great-aunt after the odometer clicked the first 10,000 miles. Now Pebble Beach is getting the message. Thanks to Larry Nordell for the heads-up on this NYT piece about the unrestored Ferrari that's showing at this year's Pebble Beach event.
Meanwhile, here on the Maine coast we'll take our unrestored classics with a grain of salt. Road salt, even. Now Ferrari and Vega are proper nouns that don't usually make it into the same sentence, but I've always thought that the Chevy Vega coupes of the Seventies were handsome cars, until they started to rust, anyway--which usually happened rather quickly. But not always. Witness this 1975 Vega, a Maine original. Sleek little car. 35k on the odometer.  Pebble Beach 2016?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

1946 Chevrolet pickup truck, streets of Santa Cruz

from Robert Simonds, in Santa Cruz CA
"My work brings me to Santa Cruz each summer and each year there’s more than one encounter with an uncommon old truck, at least uncommon to where I now live in Kentucky. By no means am I a brand-loyalist when it comes to ownership, but two years ago my little S-10 made its last cross-country trip and is now resting peacefully in Santa Cruz. So the old Chevys there are what I am most drawn to."-RS