Motorways & Wherefores

See the link below for a review of:
On Roads: A Hidden History. By Joe Moran. Profile Books; 288 pages; £14.99
Motor ways and wherefores
From The Economist print edition Jun 18th 2009
In February 1995 I participated in a motorway development protest on the outskirts of Glasgow at the site of the so-called Pollok Free State. One of the collaborative community art events that took place was the erection of a large circular henge of cars. In addition to raising protester morale, this creative feat was organised predominantly as a ploy to generate media attention. The structure, a series of upright automobiles dug into the gravel of the new road’s preliminary layout, was made with the assistance of a convoy of activists from England and Wales who drove up to Scotland with several old bangers which were sacrificed to the cause.
And sacrificed they were, since in keeping with the ethos of boycotting the construction of the M77, this metalhenge of chrome, glass and plastic upholstery was ritualistically destroyed at dawn by dowsing the vehicles in petrol and setting them alight. In this guise, Pollok’s carhendge was indeed part of a significant moment in Britain’s history of roads which Joe Moran chronicles in this book and which The Economist’s review cited above nicely summarises.
CarHenge, Pollok Free State, Scotland
copyright 1995 the Citizens of the Pollok Free State