Thursday, November 27, 2008

Who Are These People?

When I was in junior high, I discovered SNL. My favorite things on the show were the commercial spoofs. The best usually featured Phil Hartman as some smooth salesman. One of his commercials was for a car that was luxury on the inside and jalopy on the outside.

Well, I think I've discovered a subculture within the Volkswagen enthusiast community who have taken this idea to the next level. It's a unique take on the concept of a sleeper. Basically you find a crummy old Rabbit or Golf, pimp out the engine and the interior, then trash the exterior and strap a bunch of old luggage on the roof rack. And voilĂ ! You've got yourself a super rad junker that'll take almost anything off the line. Seriously, if you know who these people are or what this type of VDub is called, lemme know!





3 comments:

Justin said...

Any pics of the interiors or YouTubes of the speed?

Kyality said...

Okay, I've done some further investigation. This crew is a modern day offshoot of enthusiasts who build what are apparently called "rat rods". Seems like this specific breed of VW rat rodders are a bit more particular about their rims than most.

Jimboborazzala said...

My dad is a big Rabbit enthusiast, and when I was young, he told me tales of men in the 1980s who put Porsche engines in Rabbits. (Is this even possible? I swear that's what he told me.) So, it's been going on for a while, I guess.