Mike Lupica’s last post mentioning his favorite teenage past-time of destroying shopping carts using his VW Rabbit made me all teary-eyed and nostalgic… my first car was also a VW Rabbit (’83 convertible, holla’). Alas, we reminisced about the endearing mechanical misgivings of the Volkswagen anymodel, circa late-70s through mid-80’s, and discovered that our vehicles had oh-so-many maladies in common.
Here is the shortlist of our favorite vee-dub idiosyncrasies:
- Temperamental horn or oil alarm
- Simultaneous malfunction of speedometer, odometer, and gas gauge
- Water dripping on feet while driving in rainy weather
- Side window/rear view mirror spontaneously detaching
- Sh-sh-shudder if driven over 80 mph
To further establish the divinity of the VW Rabbit, this ’84 beast that runs on used veggie oil says it all. Take that, Delorean.
And speaking of garbage-powered vehicles from the future... Crispin Glover (interview, Real Audio) swung by WFMU last week for a chat with Pseu Braun.