The following segment may be unsuitable for some members of our audience...like wusses, wimps, and weenies. Like Peter Folger of 917 Oakhurst Drive who wets himself whenever he hears a loud noise. Like Abigail Greene of 32 Willamette Way who sits alone in her darkened room and writes lesbian vampire fiction and cries herself to sleep each and every night. Like Richard Prather who, at the age of 56, still lives with his mommy on 626 Elm Street. He's never been employed, never known the touch of another and spends a bit too much time in the bathroom with the Sears catalog. We're onto you, Richard. We know what you're doing in there. Anyway, these are but three of the pathetic souls who don't find this blog agreeable to their rather milquetoast bland existences. But for the rest of you, we have a challenge called A Matter of Life and Death, all about cars, trucks, and bikes somehow pertaining to, you guessed it, life and death. So grab yourself a...uh...Sobe Lifewater and a Dead Guy Ale, sit back and enjoy the roundup. Except for you, Richard. You go back to doing whatever the hell you were doing in there.
Speaking of knowing what you're doing in there, John Marshmallow takes out his trusty paper towels and builds himself a...DR Spritestaa or something. Seems youngins enjoy making up their own cars. This one, he thought was going to be the silliest car he has ever built but that is just a depraved slippery slope into much, much sillier things.
But first, here's a 1986 Chevy Van Ambulance. It'll be the first of many ambulances in this roundup. Yes, in a challenge all about life and death, more than a few of us went the predicable route but all the fun is how we handled the predictability.
Next John brings in The Fuzz to put a stop to all this silliness with this 1999 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. Pull over, says The Fuzz. Do you know how fast your were going? Have you had anything to drink this evening? Where are your pants? You have the right to remain silent.
It seems I had the right to remain silent but didn't have the ability. Anyway, the police arrived much too early in my humble opinion. Now would have been a good time to arrive and rid us of this...uh...Aviator American Sprite that has a trans-orange radar dish and a bouquet of flowers for some reason. Oh boy. When does this end?
I'd rather die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather and not screaming in terror like the passengers in his car. How'd I do? That'll be the first of many life or death jokes I'll crack this roundup. Here's a 2009 Cadillac DeVille hearse with a coffin in a back.
John's next submission is a 1972 Ford Pinto Wagon, which puts it squarely in the death category. You have no idea, kid! I spent my early childhood in the back seat of a 1970 Pinto. Except at the time I was unaware of my dad's blatant disregard for our safety and I imagined I was in an orange spaceship.
A spaceship that would have sent me straight to the moon had someone gently tapped the gas tank. Well, it seems John has cleaned up his paper towels for good and posed his 2017 Aviator Primavera Sport Coupe (whatever the hell that is!) in a photo lightbox. Now all he needs to do is turn on some lights and iron the backdrop. And stop building silly made up cars.
Inky the Octopus makes a daring escape from a New Zealand aquarium in the middle of the night. He presumably went out the top, made his way across the floor and down a 50 meter drainpipe which lead to the ocean and to freedom is what I'm reading about instead of whatever the hell is going on with this "Rodzilla".
In a similar story, a chimpanzee named Cha Cha escaped from a zoo in Sendai, Japan, and led police and zoo staff on a dramatic two-hour chase through a residential neighborhood. Also Johnni D chimes in with a rather clever rendition of the iconic little car from the Game of Life, complete with little pink and blue pegs. Oh, man, I loved that game!
Proving that all good stories end with the sweet, sweet release of a tranquilizer dart, Andrea Lattanzio rescues us all and hoses us down with this stunning Chuck Miller Ford C-Cab Fire Truck. This is what LUGNuts challenges are supposed to be all about, ladies and gents. This right here!
Loek M begs the question: Did anyone order two ARV's? Ralph? Peter? Anyone? Seems no one did, but he delivers them anyway on this MAN military transporter, thus representing the death part of our life or death challenge.
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Loek chimes in later with the Volvo V90, arguably the safest estate car in the history of the world ever. Crashing in one of this puppies is like the gentle caress of a wayward lover under a lonesome alabaster moon. Wait, what? Somebody has been reading too many bad romance novels!
I have nothing against imgur per se...
And that someone being...Honey Boo Boo? Presidential hopeful Donald Trump? The entire Mormon Tabernacle Choir? I don't know. I don't read romance novels, nor do I know anyone who does. I consider myself very intelligent. I read books by that wheelchair guy. What's his name? Oh right, Larry Flynt! Anyway, here's a Honda Life Step Van.
Seriously dude, use Flickr for your images.
A guy named Reclusiam asks the question: What better way to reach the edge of life and death than in a coffin strapped to a top fuel dragster? Dude has a point. You can't argue with that kind of logic. Its like the angle of the dangle is directly proportional to the heat of the meat. Pure logic right there.
Or is it the angle of the dangle is inversely proportional to the heat of the meat? Now I'm confusing myself! This is why I was never good at algebra. Ralph, you are a physicist, do you have any insight on the matter? Anyway, Reclusiam comes back with a drag racing, wheelie pulling ambulance and hearse which, you'll soon learn is precisely what Tim and I came up with later.
Peter Blackert reasons that James Bond is well acquainted with matters of life and death. He even stars in movies with the theme in the title. Least popular of all Bonds was the bloated loaf of Wonder Bread Pierce Brosnan in 'Tomorrow Never Dies' with this equally unpopular 1997 BMW R1200C Motorcycle.
The jury is still out as to whether the new all-female Ghostbusters movie will be popular or not, but like the original it will feature a Cadillac configured as a white and red ambulance / hearse. In both movies, the vehicle was about 30 years old, so for the original this meant the iconic 1959 Cadillac 'Ecto-1', for 2016, this means an updated 1984 version of the equivalent car.
"Now pay attention, 007. Q-Branch has had to cut back on expenses, so we have been purchasing BMWs instead of Astons. I know that this is not your style, but hey, you aren't the most favorite of Bonds either, so get over it." I'm sure the conversation went something like this during 'Tomorrow Never Dies'. See, sometimes I don't have to write my own jokes as Peter did it for me. Good job.
Peter leaves me holding the bag for writing the humor for the Presidential Lincoln limousine in which President J. F. Kennedy was shot and assassinated in November 1963. Great, way to take the air out of the room, Peter! You sure know how to kill a comedy streak! I suppose JFK's life would have been saved had he suddenly spotted something shiny on the floor. What, too soon?
I suppose JFK's soft, supple watermelon of a head would have been better protected had he have been riding in this quirky 1948 Packard Henney Ambulance instead. The car at the time was said to look like a bathtub or a whale so you know it was safe.
Speaking of safe, Peter's sixth entry for your approval is the Volvo 240 in "safety orange" as it was marketed as back then. Crashing in one of these puppies is as relaxing as a firm, yet gentle caress of a gifted masseuse with aroma therapy candles going and the soothing embrace of John Tesh music playing softly in the background.
Speaking of happy endings, many Formula 1 racer's lives were saved by a Mercedes-AMG GT S Safety car. These high speed specialized vehicles acted as first responders with medical aid whenever a racer was in peril. Did JFK have one of these? No. OK, lets move on.
Should things not go so well for you in Geelong, Australia, (after all, there are no less than 4, 346 deadly animals there wanting to kill you) you can at least take solace in knowing your final ride can be had in luxurious style with this Tuckers Funerals 1960 Ford Galaxie Hearse.
Taking us back from the dead and back into the action-packed world of James Bond, Roger Moore drove this AEC Regent III RT246 Double Decker Bus used in the 1973 Film 'Live and Let Die'. In one scene, he drove it under a low bridge thereby slicing off the top deck, which then landed on the pursuing baddy following behind. Good times, good times.
Proving that Peter is just no good at delivering happy endings, he presents this Williams-Renault FW16 Formula 1 Racer that racing legend Ayrton Senna succumbed to massive head trauma and died in. Yikes!
I barely remember Cannonball Run but in looking back and seeing Adrianne Barbeau and Tara Buckman in mostly unzipped spandex jumpsuits; holy crap, maybe its something I ought to add to my Netflix list right now! Ralph Savelsberg presents the van and some of the cast.
Later Ralph proves that all the girls go crazy over a sharp dressed man. And sweet cars. And huge beards. They also forego overall good grooming standards so long as you're in ZZ Top. Ironically, the one guy in ZZ Top who doesn't have a beard...his last name is Beard. Go figure!
Next Ralph presents a vehicle and team who encompass the very definition of "a matter of life and death". Unfortunately bomb technicians such as these are clocking in overtime hours as of late thanks to dick bags like ISIS who decide to make the world a rather uncertain place to live in. This particular one is a model used by the Dutch Ministry of Defense bomb disposal teams.
What the world needs more of is Firas Abu-Jaber and his 2016 Bugatti Chiron. This beautiful beast has the highest safety rating of any super car but can exceed speeds of over 200MPH thereby making this car both "The life support" and "The death dealer".
Alexander Pashoaletto chimes in with this Smoke Squadron Monster Truck. Its a little unclear how it fits into the life or death category but who cares, its a monster truck with working suspension, by golly! You betcha! Jimminy Christmas!
What this world needs more of (besides Firas Abu-Jaber riding on a unicorn and farting rainbows) is more zombie Linos. Luckily Sir Manperson answers my prayers (not the one about farting rainbows) with a zombie Lino and a post-apoc hearse with a Gatling gun coming out of a coffin. Surprisingly, this is not the first zombie Lino ever built in LEGO but the more the better to feed on your delicious braaaaaains.
George Michael and the other guy from Wham! would surely enjoy this Whambulance as built by Nathan Proudlove. It demonstrates just the right formula of "controlled chaos" essential to rat rodding, and hot rodding. Also drag racing. Its sure to wake you up before you go go!
Speaking of shady encounters in a truck stop bathroom, Lino Martins (hey, that's me!) propositioned his buddy Tim Inman (not in a truck stop bathroom but rather via texting) to team up and build a wheelie pulling drag racing duo. First you take a ride in my '31 Flatline Ford Ambulance...
...Then you end up in Tim Inman's Hells Bells '67 Cadillac hearse. I was like...yo, dawg, you know what would be dope? Then he was like...what? Then I was like...we build a drag racing ambulance and hearse pulling wheelies! Then he was like...what if someone else thinks of that? Then I was like...don't be stupid, dawg! Ain't nobody else gonna think of that! Then he was like...OK, dawg!
Then sure enough someone else thought of it. But that's how our buddy challenge went down. Incidentally, I'm pretty sure that is also how bills are passed into law. And that is how we come to a satisfying end to our life and death challenge. I'm pretty happy, overall, with how it turned out. What do you think? Never mind. As evidenced by the rock stupid comments you people usually leave, your opinions aren't all that important. You know what is important? Other than that may or may not be the Green River Killer hidden behind your hamper? We have another action-packed challenge for you and the guy behind your hamper. Its called I Smell A (Modern) Rat and I assure you that if you participate in this challenge, you will become a trendsetter. You will show future generations of car customizers how it is all done. Here's the deal; you take any modern car built 1996 and after and make a rat rod out of it. Its proving to be not as easy as it sounds. But tune in next month to see how we pull it off. I'll crack more rock stupid jokes, you'll leave rock stupid comments and the world will go on. So until next time. Later!