My all-time favorite was one I spotted in 2005 and haven't seen since. A rather large man with long locks invented his own scooter made from a banana bike (remember those from the 60's and 70's?) and a lawnmower motor. I remember him zipping into town and up and down Hidalgo on that contraption. How I wish I had a photo of that big burly guy riding on that tiny contraption that sounded like a hornet buzzing. Anyone else remember him?
I know I've seen multiple vehicles of this design on the island, but I don't think I've seen one in the U.S.
Here we have one of many modified VW Bugs. I'm not sure if the black and white paint is a dalmatian or cow theme. I think I snapped the photo in front of a house with a black and white spotted garage, so maybe it's painted to match the casa?
I love the upholstery in this car! T-shirts for the front buckets and a brightly colored pastel Mexican blanket in the rear!
I love the way they turn a car into a P.A. system for all those important announcements on the island!
Spotted this fancy paint job on the street that leads to the beach by Ixchel.
Now this truck must be in the running for # 1 island beater! I think maybe it's a large recycling bin?
And all this leads me to my only in Mexico crazy driver story. I won't name name's, but I suppose many people will recognize the vehicle involved. One morning, as we were walking to our favorite seaglass beach, we saw a jeep speeding down the Caribe side road. I suddenly realized the back of the car was coming towards us. We moved off onto the shoulder of the road to give the vehicle a wide berth. The situation immediately reminded me of the phrase -- backing down Main Street -- that an older friend of mine used to describe elderly folks in my hometown who were starting to lose their faculties. Yep, the guy was definitely backing down Main Street!
The driver saw Craig and I huddling off the side of the road staring and decided an explanation was in order. As he whizzed past in reverse in his shiny white jeep, he yelled out --
It only goes in reeeeee-veeeeeerrrrrsssseee!
(Sorry Curtis. It was too good to pass up!)