Back when I was in high school, a friend of mine named Matt Sobke spent about $3,000 on a car stereo system. Now, this was the late ‘80s, so figure that a similar system nowadays would be somewhere in the $10,000 range. Matt played bass clarinet in the band and liked to drive up and down El Cajon Boulevard drowning out guys playing rap music with Holst’s “The Planets.” (Yes, I had some odd friends.)
Now, this wouldn’t be really odd except for the fact that the automobile carrying this $3,000 stereo system was an orange Ford Pinto station wagon with the faux wood paneling on the sides.
So, if it wasn’t embarrassing enough to have your rap music drowned out by classical music, it was doubly bad that the guy doing it was in an orange Ford Pinto station wagon with wood paneling on the sides.
I told you that story so I could show you this video.
Yes, that's my cousin Dan who has put who-knows-what engine in a Dodge Colt adorned with a Papa John's delivery sign. He's an engineer, so I don't know exactly where he got the sign for the top, but that does add insult to injury when you're driving a Porsche and you get blown away by a Dodge Colt posing as a delivery car.
If you're going to spend the time, money and effort to build a really fast drag racer, normal people would put it in a sexier body -- a Mustang, a Subaru, a Honda.
However, my family doesn't do normal.