By Grant McGee
“WHAT WAS THAT THAT JUST DROVE BY? A CAR WITH CABBAGE PATCH DOLLS GLUED ALL OVER IT.”
It was a post by one of my “friends” on The Facebook.
I was excited. They had apparently just spotted their first “Art Vehicle.”
“Are you near Bisbee, Arizona?” I posted to their message.
I just wondered if they were near Bisbee because that’s where I first became acquainted with art vehicles.
You don’t see too many wildly decorated cars or pickups around here. I think it’s because folks in eastern New Mexico and West Texas may think about art cars the way that guy in Roswell did as he walked by mine.
“Waste of a perfectly good truck,” he said.
What’s an art vehicle? It’s a car or a pick-’em-up truck that is painted or adorned in some sort of alternative fashion.
I’ve seen all kinds of art vehicles, including ones adorned with Barbie dolls or the one designed to look like a shark-finned flying eye.
I wanted to make my own art car once upon a time…when I lived with the hippies over in Bisbee.
I had a little two-door Japanese coupe. I thought it would look pretty cool with music CDs glued all over it. Then a pal made me aware of the realities of such a project.
“First,” said my friend, “The sun would probably warp all the CDs. You wouldn’t want to glue all those CDs on then find that out.”
“Second,” he opined, “I wouldn’t be surprised if The Fuzz pulled you over as a vision hazard to other drivers…this bright shiny thing going down the road.”
I didn’t create my “CD-mobile.”
But I did let my 1983 Ford F-150 6-cyliner pickup fall into the hands of a bunch of kids with colorful paints during a Fourth of July celebration in that hippie town.
I’d like to see more art cars and pick-’em-up trucks.
I probably won’t though.
These days resale value seems to trump art.
Grant McGee is a long-time broadcaster and former truck driver who rides bicycles and likes to talk about his many adventures on the road of life. Contact him on his blog: grantmcgeewrites.com