Thursday, June 17, 2010

My Inner Redneck


Yep, I've got one. I like cowboy boots, plaid shirts, riding lawn mowers, wearing jeans everywhere, country music, and BBQ of all kinds.

But here's where it really shows. For years, I've fantasized about owning a very specific vehicle. When people discuss their dream cars, you'll often hear names like BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Ferrari, Jaguar, Mustang, Mini, etc.

Not me. While I was on a walk yesterday, my dream car passed by. Being that it's a 1967 Bronco -topless of course - this has never happened to me before. I wanted to run after the car like a kid clutching a dollar and trying to chase down the ice cream truck.

I saw the big tires, the shiny chrome, and heard the roar of the engine and felt like swooning. Then it turned a corner and was gone.

Sigh. If I ever make it big as an author, that'll be the car I buy. Until then, I'll keep my inner redneck satisfied by eating barbecued brisket and watching the CMT Awards on demand.

Do you have a dream car? Is there any inner redneck in you?

22 comments:

mary in MO said...

OMG! For several years, I had a '69 Bronco, PURPLE with black top. I drove it to school (college) and work as a home health aide.
I had to go out of town for a few days, Hubby drove it one day and was stopped by a stranger wanting to know "Where's the worman who drives this car?"
It was the son of one of my clients.
I may not have been well known, but my rig was!

Sadly "Betsy the beast" runs no more, sits out in the field, a reminder of good times. If I could I would restore her!

tonya kappes said...

Of course! My personal author tag line is 'quirky creations of a high class hillbilly!' My brother in law had a green Bronco just like the one you want when we met him over 30 years ago. Of course I made fun of him...then I met my husband who has a 85 jeep with redneck tires and boy do I love that car in the snow!

Aimee said...

Inner redneck, not so much. Since I am a born and bred southerner my mother would turn in her grave if I ever classified myself a redneck, outer, inner or otherworldly.

But I do have a dream car and it's a truck. It's a 1954 Chevrolet pickup. I saw one at a flea market when I was about 10 and for some odd reason fell head over wheels for it.

An example:
http://www.autotraderclassics.com/images/b/2009/10/06/1365064/0_pic00.jpg

Mare F said...

LOL. There are enough outer rednecks around me that I don't even think about it. I would love to have my 1974 GMC pickup back. I had that truck for 25 years and I cried the day it left my yard. That being said I now would like a 1923 Silver Ghost Rolls Royce.

Leann Sweeney said...

I'm not a car person. My husband wants a new truck--we got rid of his last summer in the cash for clunkers program. Must. Have. Truck. And yet he's been looking for a year for that perfect USED truck and can't seem to fork out the cash. He's the one with the inner redneck, too. But jeans? Oh yeah. I'd wear jeans every day if it wasn't so dang hot here. Dang? Uh-oh. I think my inner redneck slipped out.

NoraA said...

I'm sorry to say that I'll leave the trucks to my girlfriend... She's got one and lovingly takes care of it (she's butch). I on the other hand like the throaty sounds of Vrooom Vroom when I hit the gas. I drive an almost classic Pontiac Gran Prix SE (with the larger 3.1 engine). My dream car would be the latest 500 horsepower Pony Car from Ford..The Knight Rider Edition. Now I just have to hit the lottery.

jbstanley said...

Mare, you're channeling Special Agent Pendergast from the Preston/Child books! LOL1

jbstanley said...

Mary, I wish you could post of photo of beautiful Betsy!

Aimee, I love old Chevy trucks. I knew you had impeccable taste!

Tonya, my husband is a Jeep guy too.

Nora, I can TOTALLY picture you in a roaring muscle car. You go, girl!

Babs said...

Yes I have an inner red neck too ha. We have 2 vehicles. Mine is the Ford Escape and my husbands is ford 250 4 x 4 super duty the thing is big and wonderful. Well to make the long story short my husband works out of town during the week and all the employees cars/trucks stay outside of the gate all week. I would rather my car get stolen this is truck so we have reversed it he now has the car and I drive the truck and LOVE it. I like being able to see and lord knows men must have never seen a woman drive a truck as I get waves and stared at by men ha ha.

Rural View said...

No kind of redneck here. My dream car is a 50-anything Jaguar. You know, back when a Jag really looked like a sports car. Or, maybe my old '62 Pontiac convertible back. Loved that car!

Dru said...

If I could wear jeans all the time, I would be a happy camper.

My dream car is having someone chauffeur me around. But if I hada to drive, clear the streets whie I drive a chevrolet cavalier and the only reason I like this car is because I like how it rolls off my tongue.

Rosemary Harris said...

No inner redneck..I've always wanted a red Mustang. Topless, as you put it. I'm going to have to tease you about this when I see you next week in DC! Do you like SlimJims?

Lover of Books said...

Never really had an inner redneck. I do like trucks though! :) Those are some sweet vehicles! :)

Krista

Shel said...

Well, I'm lucky. I have my dream car. There is, of course, a story. For awhile, after I moved to Illinois, I was the only one in the household with a valid driver's license. Illinois gets a lot more snow than Texas (and that should answer the inner redneck question right there!), so it was decided I'd get a 4WD Blazer. I'd had it for about two years, and we were on the verge of paying it off, when I got sick. Chris went down to make the car payment (because I was sick), and came home all excited. "Babe, oh babe, I know you're sick and you don't feel good, but you HAVE to come down to the car lot,they have YOUR Tracker down there!" Yep...my dream car is the old style Geo/Chevy Tracker with the two doors and the soft top. Needless to say, we got it, and now IT's just about paid off, but there are NO plans for trading it in! I plan to drive it until the wheels fall off...twice.

Tara Jo said...

As Mary in MO said (she is my mommy :P)...
it was a good bronco but time and lack of funds have let it down. it is my dream car and if i can't save it before it is too late, i will someday have a purple bronco with a black top again.
it was sort of a barney purple with sparkly flecks in the paint
my poor beast:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4026/4558504629_ca08c8f6d3_b.jpg
closeup of paint: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3086/4559134612_dde7d3be8f_b.jpg

Heather Webber said...

Well, I'm always in jeans, and I do like country music, so I guess there's a little redneck in me, too. :)

jbstanley said...

Tara Jo - you made my days with those pics - thanks!

Yes, Ro - I like SLim Jims. There ain't a piece of dried meat I won't eat ('cept squirrel).

Dru and Heather - jeans rock, whether I look good in them or not. They are simply so American!

Jan said...

hmm. dream car... Bugatti Veyron !
definitely a dream, it costs over half a million $$$. Sorry, I think the only "redneck" in me is when I am sunburned, lol.

scrapscot said...

I love my F150 with 17 inch wheels!! It's sliver with a topper on it that's painted like the St.Andrew's Flag (Scottish Saltire).
Our business signs look great on it (Highland Moon).

Oh, and Nora..if you want a real "Knight Rider", my daughter's fiance can build you one; he does those and the DeLorean Time Machine for a living.

Ellery Adams said...

17 inch wheels? Come drive on the beach with me. Yee-haw!

Lindy said...

My inner wimp beat the redneck out of me. I loved driving my BMW 325, but I'm happier getting 45-50 mpg from the Prius I drive now.

Maggie Sefton said...

I've never been able to forget that Jaguar XKE, low slung and black as night, I saw when I was a teenager. Had a thing for Jags ever since. :)