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.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dodge Power Wagon: California State Parks Fire Truck

from our man in the Sierra, Colin Washburn:
"A mint condition Dodge Power Wagon all tricked out as a forest fire rig. On display at the Ironstone Concours d'Elegance." --CW

We caught the Maine version of this truck at the Sedgwick Vol. F.D. car show a couple summers back. See more photos here.

1950 Ford F-1 Panel

Thanks to the Swiss guy for this one.

Monday, October 20, 2014

1964 Corvair Monza

 This one was/is for sale at Motorland in Biddeford Maine.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Canadian houses, Montreal: Lower Westmount.

You'll find more about Lower Westmount--in particular the 'little' streets below St. Catherine--at Spacing Montreal. The streets I'm exploring here are all just above Sherbrooke Street. ('North' of Sherbrooke, in Montreal usage; though this doesn't have much to do with any compass bearing.) We are between Atwater and Claremont Avenues. Nineteenth- and early Twentieth-Century, often terraced houses, and nothing really fancy. Prosperous middle class. Who lived in these houses when they were built a hundred years ago? Senior clerks with 'positions' at the CPR, maybe Scottish-born? Bank managers of the larger downtown branches? French Canadian and Jewish owners of small-to-medium businesses? "Westmount" rings all kinds of psychic bells in the Canadian and Qu├ębecois mind but a lot of this clanging merely awakens stereotypes and tedious cliches about WASP plutocrats. Who are very rare on the ground in W'mount these days, and never much liked this part of the neighborhood anyway. Canadians hold onto their clich├ęs--especially about themselves--longer than most people do. Stereotypes linger perhaps because Canadians often think their country dull, and this stops them from looking closely at or reexamining the way they actually live in their towns and cities.
This section of Westmount reminds me of parts of South Dublin: Ballsbridge, Ranelagh. Montreal and Dublin were both large commercial cities of the (British) Empire during this period. Other quarters of Montreal look like other parts of Irish cities: the commercial buildings and 19th century warehouses along rue de la Commune in Old Montreal remind me a lot of the quays along the Liffey, in Dublin; also of certain parts of Cork city.

Chevrolet Power Wagon?

from Alex Emond in south Saskatchewan: "Here we have a truck's truck. I took a little detour through Gleichen and had to stop for this truck. Godzilla! The old hot rod Chevy truck was owned by a mechanic in Tompkins , Sask. That body was dropped onto a mid 90's chassis and he went nuts on the engine. He just stuck the Fargo hood ornament on until he finds the right one . "--AE