Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas From The Daily Turismo

(Christmas Special By Kaibeezy) There's a lake-effect deep drift of Xmas and Santa themed car art out there. Much of it, shall we say, not to be an art snob (but, really, who am I kidding), somewhere along the spectrum from bad to cheezy to goofy to dopey to really really bad.

Further research reveals a rough taxonomy, among both photos and drawings, in diminishing representation, as follows:

- vaguely Xmas-y cars, almost always red, but with no overtly Xmas elements
- ladies and gentlemen in skimpy elf outfits draped over red cars
- cars completely covered with Xmas lights
- expressly Xmas themed cars, but not specifically sleigh-related
- sleigh-cars with wheels

... and the highest, most rarefied expression of Xmas/Santa car art:

- sleigh cars without wheels

It is that last bunch I present today. Everything I could find (excluding stuff with watermarks plastered over, srsly). If you can find any more, post in comments.
What do we see? A couple of car manufacturers (or their arty fanboys/girls) taking things very very seriously; a couple of surprisingly nice cars and one clunker with ski runners slapped on; Mater; Fords... and that's about it. 

Why, among the vast plethora (or is it plethora) of the larger genre are there only this tiny number with skis? I have a theory, a snobby snobby theory: It's hard to make or draw such a thing, and even if you get started, it takes a bit of work and creativity to get it done to the point you'd want to post it on the internets. 

Who was it that said something like "99% of success is just showing up"? Wait, why am I asking you? Google says... Woody Allen: "80 percent of success is showing up." So I'm more cynical than Woody, who expects you to still have to make a bit of extra effort and that the creativity is important. 

In my grumpy-around-Xmas way, what I'm getting at is this: We're all busy, and indulging our interest in cars is probably not the most productive thing any of us do. So, thanks for showing up! I wish you all a wonderful holiday season.  - DT Logo Guru and Secret Santa -- Kaibeezy
Editor Vince: I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and end with this Christmas song/poem from noted Christian apologist Hilaire Belloc's 1912 story called The Four Men.
I pray good beef and I pray good beer
This holy night of all the year,
But I pay detestable drink for them
That give no honour to Bethlehem.

May all good fellows that here agree
Drink Audit Ale in heaven with me
And may all my enemies go to hell!
Noël! Noël! Noël! Noël!
May all my enemies go to hell!
Noël! Noël!


  1. Merry Christmas ya'll.

  2. My most sincere thanks for the gift of DT every day of the year. Santa E-I-C and all his helpers, and especially all of the sometimes-hilarious, often-genius, always-entertaining commenters are my warm and cozy man cave/den mates, where inside it's always mechanics, mirth and merriment. Muchas gracias, DT: may your bandwidth always stay wide, your analytics hockey stick-esque and your wheel bearings ever true.

  3. Always look forward to DT. As DocDel says, the written wit from everyone is so appreciated! Thanks and Merry Christmas to all!

  4. Merry Christmas DT. The best site on the www!

    1. What he said! Merry Christmas DT. Thanks for creating this great place for petrol heads to hang out that doesn't take itself too seriously. I hope Santa brought you something El Camino-ized with an LS1 swap in it.

  5. Merry Christmas all... Here's to hoping y'all have a most excellent season. Also keep up the bestest car site on the webs.

  6. Best holiday wishes from the Great White Rust Belt. DT makes every day better.

  7. DT Crew - Thank you for another great year! It's been entertaining, educational and fun. Let's find more Turbo, Town & Country Shit Boxes to dream about in 2015!

  8. Merry post-Christmas, it's in the high 60s here right now and I'm thinking about washing one of the grubby things laying in the driveway.

    1. No, not the Christmas guests. They can wash themselves.


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