Over-The-Top Hummer Gets A Unanimous Thumbs Down

SOMEWHERE IN NORTH CAROLINA – Whether they have classic beauties or more modern models that somehow stand out, car owners tend to be proud of what’s parked in their garages.

And, over the years, most of us have learned to be diplomatic when commenting on another person’s vehicle, especially if it’s not something that suits our own personal taste.

That’s because most old cars and trucks can be appreciated for something. It might be the styling, the patina, the rarity, the restoration job or simply the fact it has survived.

But a Hummer spotted today while making a pit stop off of I-95 on the way to Florida left me a bit speechless. From a distance, the blinged-out Hummer looked something to display at a car show. A closer look revealed it was rough around the edges.

I noted to the guys standing near it that it certainly was eye-catching. One of them replied that it needed transmission work. At least that’s what I think he said. His Southern accent was difficult to decipher.

For the fun of it, I snapped a few photos with my phone and quickly posted four of them on my personal Facebook page asking “Yes or no?”

Over the past seven hours, more than 30 friends have commented and the unanimous response has been negative. Enthusiastically so.

“Pathetic” said one commenter.

“No thanks. Those vehicles are cheesy and dreadful looking on their own without any help,” wrote another.

“Really, Bud? I wouldn’t even waste a digital picture on it,” wrote a third person. “A BIG NO!!!”

I particularly liked the comment that read, “Beauty in is the eye of the beholder. I’ll look the other way.”

Perhaps the response on Facebook to the photos of the Hummer can be summed up by one final comment which said, “I’d rather walk than be seen in that.”

Seeing the Hummer did provide a memorable moment of sorts during a long day’s drive. It also solidified my opinion that RIDE-CT readers and my friends who commented all have taste.

About Bud Wilkinson

Bud Wilkinson writes the "RIDE-CT" motorcycle column and the "My Ride" classic car feature in the "Republican-American" newspaper in Waterbury, CT. He also hosts the weekday chat show "Talk of the Town" from 10 a.m. to noon on WATR (AM 1320, FM 97.7) in Waterbury. A graduate of Vermont Academy, he holds a B.A. degree journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1975. He is the recipient of a Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award in 1992 and a 1991-92 regional Emmy Award for commentary. He currently rides a 1987 BMW R 80 RT and a 2014 Triumph Bonneville and drives a 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

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