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Title: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Le Poisson on March 24, 2015, 05:13:47 AM
Lets see how ridiculous the things you spot on the road are. Blinged out golf carts? Jacked up minis? How many ridiculous ways are there to blow your stash?

To start things off I present a great bumper sticker on a clown truck. Indeed there is more to life than fuel economy. Like early retirement, useful toys, the future of your kids, etc. etc.

(http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp83232%3Euqcshlukaxroqdfv35%3A78%3Enu%3D46%3C2%3E8%3A%3A%3E%3A34%3EWSNRCG%3D37%3C266547%3A34%3Anu0mrj)
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: zephyr911 on March 24, 2015, 07:20:06 AM
Well, they're technically correct, but there's also more to life than working a few extra years for the privilege of hauling an extra ton of metal everywhere you go.
If only I knew where this guy commuted, I'd prop myself up along his route with a daiquiri the day I retire, with a sign saying "My EV paid for my retirement"
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Le Poisson on March 24, 2015, 07:40:32 AM
Note the custom rims and low-profile tires. Combined with the 'Rough Country Suspension" doesn't one negate the other - or do you think (s)he has a second set of rims/tires for the days (s)he goes mudding? Not being part of that community, I have no idea.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: zephyr911 on March 24, 2015, 07:56:03 AM
Note the custom rims and low-profile tires. Combined with the 'Rough Country Suspension" doesn't one negate the other - or do you think (s)he has a second set of rims/tires for the days (s)he goes mudding? Not being part of that community, I have no idea.
Anything's possible when you reach that level of irrationality.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: ncornilsen on March 24, 2015, 08:07:48 AM
Prospector, I can guarantee that truck as never seen any more dirt than the 20 feet between the highway and some state run campground with RV hookups and 80 people blasting generators all day long while "roughing it."

Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: PencilThinStash on March 24, 2015, 08:32:56 AM
Whenever I see a truck like this (unless I find out the guy works in construction or something where it's actually, ya know, useful as a truck), my first instinct is to think:

"Poor guy. Not only does erectile dysfunction sound awful, overcompensating for it looks so expensive!"
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: shotgunwilly on March 24, 2015, 08:39:52 AM
Whenever I see a truck like this (unless I find out the guy works in construction or something where it's actually, ya know, useful as a truck), my first instinct is to think:

"Poor guy. Not only does erectile dysfunction sound awful, overcompensating for it looks so expensive!"

Except.... that's a woman's truck.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: fantabulous on March 24, 2015, 08:51:11 AM
Whenever I see a truck like this (unless I find out the guy works in construction or something where it's actually, ya know, useful as a truck), my first instinct is to think:

"Poor guy. Not only does erectile dysfunction sound awful, overcompensating for it looks so expensive!"

Except.... that's a woman's truck.

Some women have small penises as well.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: PencilThinStash on March 24, 2015, 09:00:00 AM
Whenever I see a truck like this (unless I find out the guy works in construction or something where it's actually, ya know, useful as a truck), my first instinct is to think:

"Poor guy. Not only does erectile dysfunction sound awful, overcompensating for it looks so expensive!"

Except.... that's a woman's truck.

Huh, apparently my gut instincts have a mild sexist tint to them, and assume only men can be insecure assholes... I should get to work on making sure I hate everyone equally ;)
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: caliq on March 24, 2015, 09:05:08 AM
I just saw something the other day and thought we needed a thread like this!


A guy in front of me had a brand new F150 with a custom plate of "FIRE-5." I giggled to myself and thought, "not with that truck, buddy"

Then he turned into the fire station and I felt silly for not realizing the much more common usage of the word xD
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Khaetra on March 24, 2015, 09:13:53 AM
I need to keep my camera with me I guess.  There's a number of ridiculous vehicles in and around my town that would fit perfectly in this thread.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: johnny847 on March 24, 2015, 09:55:29 AM
I just saw something the other day and thought we needed a thread like this!


A guy in front of me had a brand new F150 with a custom plate of "FIRE-5." I giggled to myself and thought, "not with that truck, buddy"

Then he turned into the fire station and I felt silly for not realizing the much more common usage of the word xD

Haha it gets confusing in a context where the letters have to be capitalized, doesn't it? =P

You could alternately interpret this as the owner will perpetually be five years away from FIRE.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: mak1277 on March 24, 2015, 09:58:05 AM
My favorite bumper sticker I've ever seen was on a jacked up Jeep Wrangler:

"Cool Prius.

    - nobody"
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Vertical Mode on March 24, 2015, 09:58:37 AM
Note the custom rims and low-profile tires. Combined with the 'Rough Country Suspension" doesn't one negate the other - or do you think (s)he has a second set of rims/tires for the days (s)he goes mudding? Not being part of that community, I have no idea.

Note the lack of noticeable filth in the wheel wells and on the rear quarter panel. I'd guess it was for show, unless they had just taken it through the car wash.

Curiously, a friend of mine growing up was a rare case where owning a Suburban was probably a reasonably efficient way of getting around. 2 parents, 5 kids, and often bringing many of them to the same place (a hockey rink, with hockey bags).

That said, one real head-scratcher we sometimes see around here are Luxury-brand pickup trucks (I'm looking at you, Lincoln and Cadillac). I just don't see the point.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Vertical Mode on March 24, 2015, 09:59:47 AM
My favorite bumper sticker I've ever seen was on a jacked up Jeep Wrangler:

"Cool Prius.

    - nobody"

I'll be honest, that actually made me laugh really hard :-)
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: candygirl on March 24, 2015, 10:43:56 AM
First time poster... hi everyone! :)

Somewhat to the truck's defence: they have winter tires on the vehicle based on the tread....and it's Canada where snowfall is possible until end of April.

Second, I have winter tires mounted on my car's OEM rims, because it was cheaper to get new summer rims for the summer tires (as a fellow Canuck).  They may be doing the same thing.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: RetiredAt63 on March 24, 2015, 11:56:50 AM
@candygirl - they certainly do look like winter tires.  I have mine on the car as well - they will stay on for at least another 2 weeks, based on the 14 day forecast.  How can you tell it is Canada? The OP squiggled over the license plate.

@shotgunwilly - How can you tell that is a woman's truck?
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Sid Hoffman on March 24, 2015, 12:06:55 PM
My favorite bumper sticker I've ever seen was on a jacked up Jeep Wrangler:

"Cool Prius.

    - nobody"

It's for the same reason you don't see businessmen get a hero's welcome whenever they show up for work, but a college kid who plays on the basketball team does.  A big part of world public culture (ever seen World Cup games?) rewards people who do things that don't really matter (overconsumption, playing games) versus the apparently boring things like running a business well or saving for early/comfortable retirement.

On the other hand, it's extremely hard to find life-long satisfaction from overconsumption or being a pro athlete, whereas there's benefits immediately from adopting a sustainable lifestyle and they most certainly can pay off for your entire lifetime.  A lot of people seem to want the destination (life of ease/security) but don't want to take the journey it takes to get there (hard work, wise spending).
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: irishbear99 on March 24, 2015, 12:24:57 PM
I didn't get a photo, but the other day I saw a brand new Lexus SUV on the road (couldn't tell you what model) that had a vanity plate that said, "LEXUS." Just in case you weren't sure. They paid extra for that. /facepalm
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: slugline on March 24, 2015, 12:37:25 PM
I didn't get a photo, but the other day I saw a brand new Lexus SUV on the road (couldn't tell you what model) that had a vanity plate that said, "LEXUS." Just in case you weren't sure. They paid extra for that. /facepalm

I would do that . . . if I worked for Lexus or owned a dealership!
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: dycker1978 on March 24, 2015, 12:49:40 PM
@candygirl - they certainly do look like winter tires.  I have mine on the car as well - they will stay on for at least another 2 weeks, based on the 14 day forecast.  How can you tell it is Canada? The OP squiggled over the license plate.

@shotgunwilly - How can you tell that is a woman's truck?

Giant Tiger on the sign in the back ground.  They are Canadian only, I believe.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Wile E. Coyote on March 24, 2015, 01:17:15 PM
I saw a Bentley the other day that had a plate that read "NOUGH."  I bet he had another one that had a plate that reads "NEVER.";)
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Le Poisson on March 24, 2015, 01:32:56 PM
@candygirl - they certainly do look like winter tires.  I have mine on the car as well - they will stay on for at least another 2 weeks, based on the 14 day forecast.  How can you tell it is Canada? The OP squiggled over the license plate.

@shotgunwilly - How can you tell that is a woman's truck?

It was in Canada! I assumed she guessed from my profile, but as others have said Giant Tiger -Tigre Geant is a Canadian chain.

You can tell its a girly truck by the pink buck and doe stickers on the back window. I'm not sure whether it was a girl driving (not that it matters) so in my reply I used the non-gender defined (s)he instead of making an assumption.

Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: PMG on March 24, 2015, 05:33:01 PM
I saw a Prius with a "Coal Keeps the Lights On" bumper sticker.

I'm in the Appalachian coalfields. It was so thought provoking, ironic, laughable and yet a really fitting example of the conflict in the community. 

Lots of big trucks here.  Many for work, and mountain roads, many for vanity.  I remember the first time I saw a "Save a coal miner, Shoot a tree hugger" bumper sticker. 
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: mak1277 on March 25, 2015, 07:15:04 AM
I saw a Prius with a "Coal Keeps the Lights On" bumper sticker.

I'm in the Appalachian coalfields. It was so thought provoking, ironic, laughable and yet a really fitting example of the conflict in the community. 

Lots of big trucks here.  Many for work, and mountain roads, many for vanity.  I remember the first time I saw a "Save a coal miner, Shoot a tree hugger" bumper sticker.

Actually, if I was a coal miner I'd want to have everyone driving electric cars.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: zephyr911 on March 25, 2015, 07:19:58 AM
I saw a Prius with a "Coal Keeps the Lights On" bumper sticker.

I'm in the Appalachian coalfields. It was so thought provoking, ironic, laughable and yet a really fitting example of the conflict in the community. 

Lots of big trucks here.  Many for work, and mountain roads, many for vanity.  I remember the first time I saw a "Save a coal miner, Shoot a tree hugger" bumper sticker.

Actually, if I was a coal miner I'd want to have everyone driving electric cars.
Last I checked, West Virginia had the highest state-level incentive for buying an EV - $5,000. It makes sense. They produce coal and import gas.
But the interest in using 100% domestic energy transcends the specific source of supply. Charging from any inherently domestic source has the same effect - it depresses demand for petroleum and supports American industry.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: KCM5 on March 25, 2015, 07:49:42 AM
I saw a Prius with a "Coal Keeps the Lights On" bumper sticker.

I'm in the Appalachian coalfields. It was so thought provoking, ironic, laughable and yet a really fitting example of the conflict in the community. 

Lots of big trucks here.  Many for work, and mountain roads, many for vanity.  I remember the first time I saw a "Save a coal miner, Shoot a tree hugger" bumper sticker.

Actually, if I was a coal miner I'd want to have everyone driving electric cars.

Unless it was a plug in Prius, it wasn't an electric car. But your general point still stands.

I go by a PT Cruiser every day with a bumper sticker that says "Cool PT Cruiser". Are they being ironic? Serious? I'll never know.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: AllChoptUp on March 25, 2015, 08:01:24 AM
My new neighbor across the street has an F-350 sitting in his driveway. It's HUGE, black, chrome everywhere, shiny new and gets washed/waxed every week. Won't fit in the garage.  There's no boat or trailer over there either.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: frugalnacho on March 25, 2015, 10:15:39 AM
My neighbor has 2 massive F-250s, a corvette, 2 jet skis, and a huge boat that barely fits into their back yard.  He does use both trucks as snow plows though.  Maybe he is just rolling in money.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: dude on March 25, 2015, 10:19:04 AM
What's the price tag on such a machine?  $50K or better, I gotta think, right?
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: surfhb on March 25, 2015, 11:30:25 AM
All he needs now is a one of those chrome ball sacks on the back hitch.   

Nothing makes me want to shake my head in embarrassment for the people who actually attach them and walk out in their driveway every morning and say:  " wow..... That looks really cool"
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Syonyk on March 25, 2015, 11:30:54 AM
What's the price tag on such a machine?  $50K or better, I gotta think, right?

Keep going.

A King Ranch F350 diesel 4x4 (crew cab, long bed, as a truck should be) starts around $65k and it's really easy to get to $70k without even thinking about it.

Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Zikoris on March 25, 2015, 02:33:00 PM
I saw a small TANK zipping along Broadway in Vancouver a few years ago with a bunch of army people in it and a giant Canadian flag flapping behind it. I have no idea what that was about, but I wish I'd taken a picture. I was surprised how fast it could go.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: bzzzt on March 25, 2015, 05:25:03 PM
That truck won't see off-road, might scratch those wheels.

After having to drive on snowy/muddy right-of-ways, I honestly don't get the draw of muddin'. "Yeah! Let's go see if we can get through there without gettin' stuck!"

Recovering stuck equipment is always a headache when you're just trying to get work done. Some days I wish my work F350 had a lift and 35s, but that's just so I wouldn't get stuck trying to get stuff free.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: LiveLean on March 27, 2015, 07:28:26 AM
So timely. Yesterday there was a Maserati in front of me at a light with the plate "FIT GUY." I was so stunned by the vanity of it that I forgot to shoot a photo. Maybe he made a fortune in the fitness industry. Either way, he wasn't demonstrating much financial fitness.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: zephyr911 on March 27, 2015, 07:33:55 AM
All he needs now is a one of those chrome ball sacks on the back hitch.   

Nothing makes me want to shake my head in embarrassment for the people who actually attach them and walk out in their driveway every morning and say:  " wow..... That looks really cool"
Hey now.
Every man needs at least one ballsack big enough to see with the naked eye. Some of us keep them in our pants, some of us have to buy one for our truck.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Gone Fishing on March 27, 2015, 08:28:24 AM
I didn't get a photo, but the other day I saw a brand new Lexus SUV on the road (couldn't tell you what model) that had a vanity plate that said, "LEXUS." Just in case you weren't sure. They paid extra for that. /facepalm
I saw a sports car with a vanity plate that said "ITZA4RE".

That one took me a second...
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Vertical Mode on March 27, 2015, 08:45:26 AM
I didn't get a photo, but the other day I saw a brand new Lexus SUV on the road (couldn't tell you what model) that had a vanity plate that said, "LEXUS." Just in case you weren't sure. They paid extra for that. /facepalm
I saw a sports car with a vanity plate that said "ITZA4RE".

That one took me a second...

I still don't get it...
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: MandalayVA on March 27, 2015, 09:08:50 AM
I didn't get a photo, but the other day I saw a brand new Lexus SUV on the road (couldn't tell you what model) that had a vanity plate that said, "LEXUS." Just in case you weren't sure. They paid extra for that. /facepalm
I saw a sports car with a vanity plate that said "ITZA4RE".

That one took me a second...

I still don't get it...

ITZ = It's
A = A
4RE = Ferrari (sound it out)

Virginia seems to be the capital of vanity license plates because here they're super-cheap and you can get anything from your college to your favorite cause as the background (yes, I have them, don't judge).  Virginia was also home to this treasure, which I actually saw on I-95 once but sadly the DMV revoked it:

(http://wp.production.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/files/2011/01/1925949768_3be0a3aee9.jpg) 
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: RysChristensen on March 27, 2015, 09:10:05 AM

I saw a sports car with a vanity plate that said "ITZA4RE".

That one took me a second...

I still don't get it...

Too many R's for New England! It's a Ferrari... (Or a Fuh-rah-ri, either way you'll lose it in a pothole 'round heah...)
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Vertical Mode on March 27, 2015, 09:16:53 AM

I saw a sports car with a vanity plate that said "ITZA4RE".

That one took me a second...

I still don't get it...

Too many R's for New England! It's a Ferrari... (Or a Fuh-rah-ri, either way you'll lose it in a pothole 'round heah...)

LOL! The pronunciation is a little bent, but I still probably should have been able to make that connection. D'oh!

With all the tabled crosswalks and intersections they're putting in around here, those things are becoming less and less practical by the day, and that's before we even begin with the seasonal pothole bonanza...Yikes.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: JetBlast on March 27, 2015, 12:33:09 PM
My favorite bumper sticker I've ever seen was on a jacked up Jeep Wrangler:

"Cool Prius.

    - nobody"

There's someone in my town with the same bumper sticker, but it's on the back of their Prius. 
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: NoraLenderbee on March 27, 2015, 05:53:26 PM
I used to see a red BMW convertible around town with the license plate B4IM35.

Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: abuzzyisawesome on April 01, 2015, 11:30:34 AM
Our neighbors have TWO of these giant truck monstrosities sitting in the yard next door. Loud as shit, chrome everywhere. The RentOne van shows up a couple times a month to attempt to re-posses their appliances. :/
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: MgoSam on April 01, 2015, 12:43:15 PM
My favorite bumper sticker I've ever seen was on a jacked up Jeep Wrangler:

"Cool Prius.

    - nobody"

There's someone in my town with the same bumper sticker, but it's on the back of their Prius.

I love this for the fact that it boggles the mind of some people that seem to think ascetics or coolness is a main factor in a car. For me, a car is a way to get to Point B from Point A and the factors that concern me are (in no particular order): safety, easy of maintenance (which I suppose includes gas mileage), and comfort.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Travis on April 02, 2015, 12:50:26 PM
I don't know squat about decorative or utilitarian wheel configurations. I saw this truck on post today.  There was a Nissan Sentra just a block away with the same wheels. What is the point of that?
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Syonyk on April 02, 2015, 01:08:34 PM
That's how you say, "I'll never even take this truck on a gravel road, much less anywhere you need a truck."

Those wheels are flat out silly for a truck. And I'm sure they're expensive too. If you go with expensive truck wheels and tires, at least have them be useful...

I mean, a set of tires for my truck is $2k, but they're high pressure highway towing tires that last 80k+ miles.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: zephyr911 on April 02, 2015, 01:44:56 PM
I don't know squat about decorative or utilitarian wheel configurations. I saw this truck on post today.  There was a Nissan Sentra just a block away with the same wheels. What is the point of that?
To set money on fire more quickly and efficiently in order to avoid the burden of an early retirement with nothing to do (as evidenced by their lack of imagination).
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: shotgunwilly on April 02, 2015, 02:04:08 PM
Saw this one a few months ago...

(http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d176/shotgunwilly06/3996d4f6-e74c-40d1-836f-09f4eced5d4b.jpg)
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: MilwaukeeStubble on April 02, 2015, 02:12:44 PM
Saw this one a few months ago...

(http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d176/shotgunwilly06/3996d4f6-e74c-40d1-836f-09f4eced5d4b.jpg)

I don't get it...
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: shotgunwilly on April 02, 2015, 02:40:43 PM
I don't get it...

Sorry, the license plate...
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: MoMan on April 02, 2015, 02:47:12 PM
Last summer I noticed a couple of vehicles on the streets near my office building that were sporting a rather odd feature: video screens embedded into the backs of the headrests.

At first glance, this is nothing new; those video screens are now practically standard features on some family SUVs, mini vans, etc. But on these two particular vehicles, the screens were on the headrests of the BACK SEAT passengers! Thatís right, the screens were positioned so that none of the carís occupants could view them, unless you were hanging on to the trunk surface.

I really donít get this. Is it some attempt to convey status? As in, ďI have so much money to waste that I can afford to put two un-useable video screens into my vehicle.Ē Or maybe they are telling the world, ďMy videos are so awesome, I am sure that the vehicles behind me would appreciate seeing them, if only for a second or two.Ē What is the thought process behind this?

Here is another mod I donít get. One guy whose wife works in my office campus drives a Chevy Impala. He replaced the driverís door hinge with one of those ďscissorĒ types that tilt up vertically, like a Lamborghini. Apparently he didnít have enough cash to outfit the passenger door.

And of course, there are the ubiquitous bolted-on rear spoilers. Never mind that Ĺ of those vehicles probably canít top 100 mph. A couple of weeks ago I saw one on a relatively new Infinity sedan.

So what weird, illogical modifications are in your neighborhood?
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: caliq on April 02, 2015, 02:50:21 PM
There are probably 3rd row seats in those vehicles that were folded down or removed for more cargo space...
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: MoMan on April 02, 2015, 03:04:55 PM
There are probably 3rd row seats in those vehicles that were folded down or removed for more cargo space...

Nope. In both vehicles, the screens were a few inches from the back window. Very clearly not for occupant viewing.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Syonyk on April 02, 2015, 03:31:11 PM
I'd guess they're for tailgating. Big college football area?
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Wile E. Coyote on April 02, 2015, 03:37:12 PM
I don't get it...

Sorry, the license plate...

Hard to see on my phone. Free Candy?  If so, it'd be better on a big unmarked van.😉
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: caliq on April 02, 2015, 03:40:26 PM
There are probably 3rd row seats in those vehicles that were folded down or removed for more cargo space...

Nope. In both vehicles, the screens were a few inches from the back window. Very clearly not for occupant viewing.

Wow, that's super weird!
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Blonde Lawyer on April 02, 2015, 03:50:29 PM

Here is another mod I donít get. One guy whose wife works in my office campus drives a Chevy Impala. He replaced the driverís door hinge with one of those ďscissorĒ types that tilt up vertically, like a Lamborghini. Apparently he didnít have enough cash to outfit the passenger door.


That is actually kind of genius for the people with the too small garage or when some jerk parks too close to you and you can't open your door.  Neither my husband nor I have very large cars but it is a super tight fit and hard to open the door all of the way when both cars are in there.  The Lamborghini door would totally solve the problem. :)
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: bzzzt on April 02, 2015, 05:10:01 PM
Hard to see on my phone. Free Candy?  If so, it'd be better on a big unmarked van.😉
Yep it says Free candy. But shouldn't that be on the back of a creepy rusted out old van with no windows instead of an SUV? I mean that IS what's in vogue for all child abductors these days.

I think that's why it's supposed to be funny. That's actually a VW Vanagon Westfalia. Not sure on the price, but it's fairly Mustachian as far as RVs go.

(http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/9b/8d/fb/9b8dfbbb5b6dd51f23933ee810ff9479.jpg)
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: NumberJohnny5 on April 03, 2015, 04:42:23 AM
In Australia we have P plates for younger drivers still on probation (and L plates for learners). It's basically a square plate you have to display somewhere highly visible on your vehicle.

I saw a Jeep once that looked a bit off. The spare wheel on the back had JEEP on the cover. The P plate was put over the original P and was a perfect match (except for the red background). Thought that was a slick move.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: pancakes on April 03, 2015, 04:52:42 AM
Ever since I moved to Perth I collect pictures of number plates. Here are a few gems

Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Scandium on April 03, 2015, 07:03:04 AM
I don't get the last one. Who/what is ASX?
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: MandalayVA on April 03, 2015, 07:14:18 AM
I don't get the last one. Who/what is ASX?

Australian Security Exchange.  Google is my best friend.  :D
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Scandium on April 03, 2015, 07:42:30 AM
I don't get the last one. Who/what is ASX?

Australian Security Exchange.  Google is my best friend.  :D

ah I see. Well you saved me a google.

Saw a Tesla on the road with plates: "byeopec"..
I think a tesla is a horrendous waste of money, but that was kinda funny.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: lemanfan on April 05, 2015, 03:26:52 AM
Last summer I noticed a couple of vehicles on the streets near my office building that were sporting a rather odd feature: video screens embedded into the backs of the headrests.

At first glance, this is nothing new; those video screens are now practically standard features on some family SUVs, mini vans, etc. But on these two particular vehicles, the screens were on the headrests of the BACK SEAT passengers! Thatís right, the screens were positioned so that none of the carís occupants could view them, unless you were hanging on to the trunk surface.

I really donít get this. Is it some attempt to convey status? As in, ďI have so much money to waste that I can afford to put two un-useable video screens into my vehicle.Ē Or maybe they are telling the world, ďMy videos are so awesome, I am sure that the vehicles behind me would appreciate seeing them, if only for a second or two.Ē What is the thought process behind this?

Again, we have a reference to this video by Reggie Watts:  https://youtu.be/CJQU22Ttpwc?t=2m48s   (NSFW!).

Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Logic_Lady on April 05, 2015, 08:51:27 AM
Last summer I noticed a couple of vehicles on the streets near my office building that were sporting a rather odd feature: video screens embedded into the backs of the headrests.

At first glance, this is nothing new; those video screens are now practically standard features on some family SUVs, mini vans, etc. But on these two particular vehicles, the screens were on the headrests of the BACK SEAT passengers! Thatís right, the screens were positioned so that none of the carís occupants could view them, unless you were hanging on to the trunk surface.

I really donít get this. Is it some attempt to convey status? As in, ďI have so much money to waste that I can afford to put two un-useable video screens into my vehicle.Ē Or maybe they are telling the world, ďMy videos are so awesome, I am sure that the vehicles behind me would appreciate seeing them, if only for a second or two.Ē What is the thought process behind this?


Maybe they have a third row of seats, facing the screens, that fold down? This is the only halfway reasonable explanation I can think of.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: dcheesi on April 05, 2015, 09:53:56 AM
I'd guess they're for tailgating. Big college football area?
Could be for tailgating, or to go with one of those ridiculous sound systems people put in the back of hatchbacks/SUVs. The kind that go to subwoofer competitions and the like. Their systems aren't really meant to be used fully while cruising down the road; it's more for showing off, and/or hosting impromptu block parties I suppose.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Vertical Mode on April 06, 2015, 08:51:12 AM
I'd guess they're for tailgating. Big college football area?
Could be for tailgating, or to go with one of those ridiculous sound systems people put in the back of hatchbacks/SUVs. The kind that go to subwoofer competitions and the like. Their systems aren't really meant to be used fully while cruising down the road; it's more for showing off, and/or hosting impromptu block parties I suppose.

Ah yes, the seismic car sound systems :-) I was wondering whether those might make an appearance.

Some of them I've heard sounded like the system had rattled a few bolts loose. That kind of dBA can't be good for the car or your ears!
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: Le Poisson on April 06, 2015, 11:21:00 AM
I'd guess they're for tailgating. Big college football area?
Could be for tailgating, or to go with one of those ridiculous sound systems people put in the back of hatchbacks/SUVs. The kind that go to subwoofer competitions and the like. Their systems aren't really meant to be used fully while cruising down the road; it's more for showing off, and/or hosting impromptu block parties I suppose.

Ah yes, the seismic car sound systems :-) I was wondering whether those might make an appearance.

Some of them I've heard sounded like the system had rattled a few bolts loose. That kind of dBA can't be good for the car or your ears!

They also aren't great for the ambulance coming up behind you that you can't hear for the sound system, nor see for the massive speaker boxes and tailfin blocking your rear view.
Title: Re: I saw it on the road...
Post by: zephyr911 on April 06, 2015, 11:34:03 AM
Saw a Tesla on the road with plates: "byeopec"..
There are a lot of cute plates in that genre... FKFRNOIL, H8GAS, etc.

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I think a tesla is a horrendous waste of money, but that was kinda funny.
A lot of people who wouldn't normally pay so much for a car have seen fit to do so. For one, the TCO compares to that of much cheaper cars (there's a semi-famous case study where a guy found the 5-year cost of a Honda Odyssey was higher). They run for $0.02-$0.04/mi, and the handful of moving parts means virtually no powertrain maintenance. Their forthcoming Model III (35K) will rival the TCO of the cheapest econobox out there.
Then there's the principled aspect of it. Yeah, you can only claim so much idealism in a luxury car purchase, but getting off gas 100% means a lot to people, for various reasons - economic, environmental, geopolitical, you name it.
I personally wish they'd make a stripped-down version with none of the creature comforts, because I'd love the battery range and fast charging. Maybe a used Model III after someone else takes the new car penalty and the tax break.