Only In LA: Battle Of The Bad Woody

The other day I was driving around avoiding my parental responsibilities, when I spotted this terrible, awful, fake Woody in a Sprouts parking lot in the valley:

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Now I’m not saying that covering your Econoline van in an artificial wood wrap is a bad idea.  But I then I walked around to the back:

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Now I am absolutely saying that wrapping your van in artificial wood is a terrible idea, especially if you’re gonna try to convince me that there are actually 2 surf board sticking out the back. Oh hell no. This may fly with your poser friends at Coachella, but not here hotstuff.

Sure, throughout history, a Woody has been pretty good at making what can be an ordinary passenger/groceries/sport equipment vehicle into something less mundane:

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or even an interesting piece of automotive art.

The Calico Surfer by Legendary George Barris

The Calico Surfer by Legendary George Barris

But, as that Washington resident so aptly proved, slapping a little fake timber on a vehicle does not a Woodie make.

But apparently, Mr. Econoline isn’t the only one that missed the memo because a few days later, I saw this:

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Oh yeah, that’s an Expedition.  And it’s ugly as hell. But guess what’s making it 10x uglier? Nope, not those awful wheels.

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But here’s the great news about both of these cars. They’re both for sale. Perhaps these disastrous custom jobs are giving a hand full of Los Angeles car shoppers extra negotiating power.  If you’re lucky enough to score one of these eyesores, may I suggest a classier path to personalization, like duct tape:

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To learn more about awesome Woodies and avoid doing something awful yourself, read up here:

http://www.oldwoodies.com/ Old Woodies teaches people about the magic of this automotive genre.

http://www.woodiesusa.com/ These guys buy and sell the good stuff.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/g1223/cars-that-defined-the-woodie-and-the-5-worst-woodies-ever-made/ This piece in Popular Mechanics will crack you up.

1 Response

  1. Great job motorheadmama!

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