Extreme Cars

I received an email with these pictures of extreme cars attached. Are they real? I'm not sure, though they look like something you'd find in a Worth1000 photoshop contest. I have the feeling that I've seen the pictures before, but I'm not sure where or when. I'm sure someone will know the story behind them.


Posted on Mon Mar 21, 2005


I knew of a guy who painted black spots on his Ford Maverick, mounted bull horns on the hood, and covered the roof with astro-turf and plastic farm animals. Moovin' on.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Mon Mar 21, 2005  at  12:48 PM
The Lamborghini with the giant jet engine and the Acura with the missiles are definite fakes.
Posted by sombrero11  in  Cleveland, OH  on  Mon Mar 21, 2005  at  12:55 PM
I think 3 are fake and three are real.
Shopping Cart-FAKE

The rest are real.
Posted by X  in  McKinney, TX  on  Mon Mar 21, 2005  at  01:07 PM
The shoe-car, the shopping-cart car, and the pig car have all been seen on the Discovery Channel show Monster Garage, as examples of the 'monsters' that other people have created.

The turtle car is one of a series of animal-themed cars produced by a local Massachusetts company that uses them for advertising. Can't recall the name of the company just now, but one of the designers lives up the street from me, and I've seen the turtle car drive a couple of times.

Posted by Tym  on  Mon Mar 21, 2005  at  01:09 PM
The shopping cart is NOT a fake. It has been in every St. Patrick's Day parade since I can remember. It is owned by a local grocery store chain.
Posted by Jerry  in  Saint Louis, MO  on  Mon Mar 21, 2005  at  01:51 PM
There are more than one of those shopping CARts.

As for the turtle car...

Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Mon Mar 21, 2005  at  02:05 PM
Sorry, but they all shrivel in comparison to the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile. Just can't beat the big weiner. Not in public, at least.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Mon Mar 21, 2005  at  02:18 PM
I got to ride in the Weinermobile once. smile

Have you all noticed how much more jaded everyone is getting as time goes by? At least I'm calling fake much more quickly than I would have before, sometimes with cause, sometimes not.
Posted by winona  on  Mon Mar 21, 2005  at  02:47 PM
I have to admit, the one time I actually saw the weinermobile cruise by while I was driving I almost hit the ditch. I'd never seen it except on tv, and you don't expect such things driving on a two lane highway in Canada.

And winona? In or on?

tongue wink
Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Mon Mar 21, 2005  at  02:54 PM
I just choked on my dinner. (and no, it was not hot dogs).

If I had to be way too honest, I'd have to say in, but almost "on". I went on a date with the Weinermobile guy when he was in town. Ahhh, I miss my single days. wink
Posted by winona  on  Mon Mar 21, 2005  at  06:21 PM
The shoe car is on the cover of the book "Eccentric America" by Jan somethingorother.
Posted by Josh  on  Mon Mar 21, 2005  at  09:57 PM
I know the shoe one is real, I've read about it before. The others, I'm not sure, but there's a great book called "Art Cars" by Harrod Blank which describes in detail, with a lot of pictures, some of the truly crazy things some people have done with their cars.

Posted by PlantPerson  on  Tue Mar 22, 2005  at  06:44 AM
I have to agree with sombrero11, the black car & red car (not the shoe) appear to be photosphopped, the rest look real.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Tue Mar 22, 2005  at  08:26 AM
The rocket launchers don't cast a shadow on the ground on the right side of the red car. The lighting on the Lamborghini and on the "jet engine" don't match up either. Whimsical fun, but those two are only in a fantasy world. (Regardless, I wish to heck I could put a few sidewinders on my vehicle!)
Posted by Mike  in  search of truth in hoaxes  on  Tue Mar 22, 2005  at  08:58 AM
You gotta know the Lamborghini is fake.... who the heck would do that to a car that costs more than most homes?
Posted by Silentz  in  general  on  Tue Mar 22, 2005  at  09:08 AM
ummmmmm. I would. everything needs a jet on it!!!!
Posted by X  in  McKinney, TX  on  Tue Mar 22, 2005  at  09:17 AM
the shopping cart is real. i saw one driving around on blue peter, not too long ago.
Posted by mike  in  england (not english)  on  Tue Mar 22, 2005  at  11:51 AM
They are real... they were featured on Monster Nation on either TLC or the Discovey Chanel
Posted by Rachel  in  Maryland  on  Tue Mar 22, 2005  at  01:30 PM

I found this site with seriously customised trucks. The site is in Japanese, and the pictures are a little dark, but they're very cool anyway.
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Wed Mar 23, 2005  at  04:57 AM
Some of these are definitely real. Several of them were in a book about "art cars" written and photographed by the brother of a friend of mine.
There's a whole subculture of people who build these cars and take them around to different parades and exhibitions. The "art cars" range from truly inspired creations like the shoe car to cars that somebody has just glued a bunch of junk to the outside of and declared them art.
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Wed Mar 23, 2005  at  03:35 PM
these are like a lot of others that you see at Houston's Annual Art Car Parade. People bring their strange cars from all over the world to be in that parade. There is a website with lots of pics, a definite must see.
Posted by Charmaine  in  wichita falls, TX  on  Sat Jun 11, 2005  at  01:51 PM
the bat mobile in the picture is definitely a fake, there is no way they could generate the type of thrust the rear engine would suggest, definitely fake!
Posted by selling Audi  in  London  on  Wed Dec 22, 2010  at  02:32 AM
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