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Plaidmobile MyManMrC sends us a picture of the Plaidmobile, which hangs out in the Tierney's neighborhood. Apparently, MrC doesn't like a car that looks like a dispenser of Scotch tape. We think there are worse things, like those bright yellow Humvees. How about you?

And if you want to make your own spoiler, Conan the Grammarian sends us this...


August 11, 2005 in Seen around town | Permalink


I think the 'art' cars are great. I'd love to do my car up but my kids and husband wouldn't ride in it. Hmmm...

Posted by: grcanary | Aug 11, 2005 9:48:54 PM

I love the plaidmobile! (Live near it).

Posted by: Appletony | Aug 11, 2005 9:56:03 PM

Art Cars, when done well, are Great. The Plaidmobile is great.

Now, The Barista needs to come to Clifton and interview Hoop.

Posted by: Kevin Lee Allen | Aug 11, 2005 10:15:21 PM

Art Cars, when done well, are Great. The Plaidmobile is great.

Now, The Barista needs to come to Clifton and interview Hoop.

Posted by: Kevin Lee Allen | Aug 11, 2005 10:16:34 PM

I agree with MyManMrC about the spoiler, although it's probably meant from the side to suggest (short of wholesale customization)fins. Big, fat ones like old Chrysler Imperials and Oldsmobiles used to have. Otherwise, however, why not?

I'm curious to hear if the Barista ever hears from the owners of such cars. Has "Filth" called, for example? That might be a real indication of who reads the website, might even help ad sales.

Posted by: cathar | Aug 11, 2005 10:20:28 PM

I'd welcome anything that isn't a grey Toyota Camry LE or yet another Subaru station wagon. Even the gleaming Mercs from "the hill" are a bit same-old.

I must confess I've never seen the plaidmobile in the flesh, but there's a wild van cruising Montclair from time to time. Hoop's wheels, perhaps?

Posted by: walleroo | Aug 11, 2005 11:25:59 PM

I think its just a large 3M scotch tape dispenser.

Posted by: realhawker | Aug 12, 2005 12:44:16 AM

wow, maybe I should read the article....DUH

Ok , so it looks like the bean-bag ash trays my grandmother used to have in her car.

Posted by: realhawker | Aug 12, 2005 12:46:10 AM

It's not a spoiler -- there really are big old car fins grafted on like whale fins on a turtle.

Posted by: Appletony | Aug 12, 2005 2:30:12 AM

there was a fantastic program on pbs a few years ago about art cars..
I liked the car with the growing grass..

there is a newer plaid pickup truck(greenish)
i see sometimes on prospect in WO
keep an eye out..

(i wish the dents in my car could be mistaken as 'art')

Posted by: jimmythecreep | Aug 12, 2005 5:30:02 AM

for me the plaid mobile can best be described as an unexpected sight that brings an un expected smile to my face-

-the clock van, however kinda sends chills up my spine. it reminds me of the line in the movie "Rumble Fish", when Tom Waits asks "How many summers do you have left?"--

Posted by: cstarling | Aug 12, 2005 8:04:25 AM

In the '60s when I lived and worked in Greenwich Village, I would occasionally walk by a Rolls Royce or Bentley that had been custom painted in a psychedlic style either by or a la Peter Max (if it was an imitiation, it was a good one). The purported owner was a source of much speculation in the neighborhood, and the identity of the artiste also generated much discussion at the Cedar Tavern and Bradley's. As Cstarling said, it usually brought a smile to my face. Never did find out who owned it/painted it; and it didn't matter - just that they did it was enough.

Posted by: conan the grammarian | Aug 12, 2005 9:14:57 AM

I have got to find the wallpapered car that is outside of the Valley Gutar shop (across from where I live) that one kills me.

I like seeing the Hummers, the Bentleys, the ocassional Ferrari in the neighborhood. Although, do you think Whole Foods should maybe clear some more land to accomodate the Hummers, they do make parking in that lot more of an adventure.

Thanks for pimpin' my site, you ladies are spectacular.


Posted by: MyManMisterC | Aug 12, 2005 10:25:06 AM

Hoop told me about this site. Thanks for the nice comments. Probably more than you ever would want to know about the plaidmobile can be found here: http://www.plaidmobile.com

Posted by: Tim McNally | Aug 21, 2005 1:00:54 AM

I have been making art cars for many years now, and Mr. Tim's is one of the best. Now if I could only convinve my neighbors that what I am currently doing to my little Korean ride is art.....actually, they are starting to "get it", but she needs more work. She's the bastardo nino a la chingadera" or something like that.
Anyway, congrats, Tim, she's looks great!

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