Freak Of The Week: Jettamino
A few months ago, I was driving in the valley when my daughter whispered in an ominous tone, ‘Mom, you’re gonna wanna see this..” like she had seen something scary like Godzilla or a bare-faced Kardashian. And there, parked along Topanga Canyon there was the Jettamino.
It is, in fact, exactly what it sounds like– a Palomino pony driving a VW Jetta. Just kidding, it’s slightly less insane– it’s a VW Jetta that’s been chopped to have a truck bed like the beloved El Camino. (Read more about Mama’s El Camino love here.) And it is awesome:
But this guy doesn’t just carve out the back end. He goes balls out. Between the spare tire, the roll bar, the leather bonnet straps. Did I mention there were a few stickers on the hood?
And a BMW wheel just under a Mad Max’d riveted wheel well. And a bit of duct tape madness on the front bumper. This is car mod DIY at its best.
So then I go home and discover that I’m not the only one to appreciate the magic that is the Jettamino. Apparently Matt Farah of the Smoking Tire did a video on this bad boy and almost 1/2 million suckers watched it. Now it can be three more, cuz here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPN8kFGNPhc.
It even has its own hash tag:
In Farrah’s video, you can watch the whole sordid tale behind this wonderful little nugget of nonsense. But I kinda feel like the Jettamino is best appreciated when it’s not a thing at all. It’s just a kid from the valley with more imagination than spare cash and that, my friends is how great art happens.
Right on, Jettamino!