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.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

1952 Chevrolet 3600

That's the 3/4 ton edition. Hard to beat these Advanced Design trucks for je ne sais quoi. It's for sale. Looks pretty clean. "Driver plus" condition. The truck is up for auction on B-A-T, check details here. Auction closes Wednesday PM, that's August 5th.

1945 Chevrolet 1 ton flatbed

                                                                                                                    ©JW Burleson  2015
 JW Burleson caught the beautiful flatbed in New Mexico on the Glorious Fourth. I wish there was another word for patina, but there isn't. Or maybe it's character.

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Softer Side of Bonneville

                                                                                                          Michael Taylor photo©2015
..."And every year, they get stuck, really stuck, sometimes mired up to the axles in salt that hasn’t quite dried out from the millions of gallons of water that have been sitting on the flats during the rainy season. In fact, the Bonneville speed trials are held in August, September and October. Those are the dry months..."
              Michael Taylor stopped at the legendary (and soggy) Bonneville salt flats while driving to Maine from SF. The piece he wrote is up at Hemmings.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

1950 Chevrolet, the Log House, Banff.

Thanks to JW Burleson for the photograph, c. 1977. BTW, have you looked at Thomas Burleson's drawings?
The log house on Buffalo Street was a legend. So was Toby Clark's Chevy, which made it up the Stewart-Cassiar Highway one year. More JWB photos from Banff era, here.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

1956 Chevrolet 150

You know the tri-5 Chevys really aren't my thing. Too many of them around, and usually overdone. The whole fuzzy dice thing.  Kinda boring. But this one stopped me on the road from Augusta to Belfast. It's a 150, not the ubiquitous Bel Air, and not even a 210. So a plainjane. I like the clean way its been done, not overdone. Just plain handsome. For sale, too.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Workaholic 1987 GMC K30

Ex-military truck. There was that brief interval, between the jeep/power wagon era and the humvee, when the US Army ran a lot of GM product.  The diamond plate boxes come from a welders' supply store. The truck comes to Maine from the Florida panhandle.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

1963 Mercedes Benz O319D Bus

It looks like a very clean, sorted-out original. It's in the other Portland and for sale on ebay. Find out more on B-A-T. Those Benz vans always had character, like the blocky 207d we caught in the Netherlands a few years back.