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Hooniverse Classic Captions – The Prestone Antifreeze Edition

Jim Brennan November 20, 2012 Hooniverse Classic Captions Contest 61 Comments

Welcome to the Hooniverse Classic Captions Post. This is a series of posts are set to run this time every Tuesday, and it is becoming a go-to feature here, so let’s review the premise; I search for images that were used by the car companies in their print advertising or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous, snarky, or thought provoking caption that is some how tied in with the image. We have been getting a lot of participation, so why not join in the fun this week (it’s a really good time, I promise!)

Last week, we had an image of a classic Swedish Couple on the beach, and the comments were both interesting as well as very funny, and not as disturbing as I thought they could have been. Longtime fan of Hooniverse $kaycog was so close to winning this time with this great caption: “Björn, you can quit hiding behind the Volvo. I’ve already seen your umbrella trick.” This was my personal favorite of the week. Very well played $kaycog!!.

But the winner this time around (again I might add) is our long time motorcycle enthusiast Tanshanomi, who came up with this interesting prose: “Sven was thrilled when Frida invited him to the beach. He’d already seen her swimsuit, and he was hoping to get a good look at her Volvo” This was rather hilarious, so congratulations once again Tanshanomi!

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks illustration. This is an advertising image for Prestone Antifreeze, and used in 1962. Notice that the car has been airbrushed so you really can’t pinpoint the model that seems to have cooling system issues (Bonus, try and Identify the airbrushed model, if you can). It looks like the Wife and Kids are none too happy with Dad on their outing. So, do you think she’s planning for Divorce, or just thinking about her Boy Toy back home. And what about the little girls… do they think Daddy is a bad man for ruining their trip? And is this the proper way of advertising a product that is suppose to prevent this from happening? (You can click here to see the full size image)

You have the next five days to come up with a great caption. The editors will deliberate entries, and after changing the coolant in our out convertibles, we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this overheating family.

Photo Credit: Captain Geoffrey Spaulding’s Flickr Photostream

  • dwbf11

    After that veritable debacle his family simply refers to as the "1962 incident," Fred never bought American again.

  • Gavin

    Is that really a Triumph Herald Convertible in the background?

  • smalleyxb122

    Until that day, Margaret always referred to John's car as a pile. After that day, it was a steaming pile.

  • Irishzombieman

    Nicely done, Tanshanomi! Enjoy this fine fermented beverage!

    <img src="http://365beers.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/great_divide_saint_bridgets_porter.jpg&quot; width=250>

    • $kaycog

      Tanshanomi wins again! Congratulations! I hope you like this pink Volvo 1800 as shown by Playboy Bunny, Marilyn Cole.

      <img src="http://www.stationwagonforums.com/forums/gallery/files/1/3/6/7/playboy_s_merilyn_cole_73_volvo_1800.jpg"width="500"/&gt;

      • Xedicon

        Grats $kaycog! I continue to enjoy your sharp wit of punny pun awesomeness!

        • $kaycog

          Aw, shucks. *blush*

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      <img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5024/5604188273_4b53851d03.jpg"&gt; Congrats T, the best of the sandy Volvo jokes. I'm not confident enough the mystery vert is a 61-62 Galaxie, so here's a now tired joke from me.

      • $kaycog

        I'm pretty sure it's an early 60's Chevy Impala.

        • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

          I thought so too, but the glass is odder in the real ones. Look at the bumper, tail fin, and headlights plus surrounding sheet metal. I figured it would be easier to draw a bit on the wing window in the '60s p-chop tech. '61Galaxie Sunliner: http://www.imcdb.org/vehicle_513433-Ford-Galaxie-

          • $kaycog

            I don't know. Maybe it's a Fordvolet. When I look at the picture, I see Chevy.

      • I am calling it a 62 Wildcat…with modified fender and front fascia…

        notice the point in the center open hood and how it matches the grille one the Wildcat…also notice the right rear fender how it has the overhang matches also.

        <img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8059/8203176681_9e96120794.jpg&quot; width="500" height="322" alt="62Buick2">

        • Mad_Hungarian

          I think you are right good sir. The front wheel well openings match up nicely; a Ford is quite different. The other big clue is definitely the leading edge of the hood. I think the hood was NOT retouched in the photo; notice it would not match up well with the grille when closed. Ford and Chevy hoods were much straighter. The A-pillar and vents do look Fordish, but it would make sense for the retoucher to incorporate known elements from several makes to throw the viewer off the trail. Still, it's interesting that the resulting image tends to give off a first impression of Impala more than anything else. Probably says something about the extent to which Chevy had perfected the image of "typical Middle America car" in the 1960's.

          • Scott

            The buick is close but I see 61 full size Chevy much easier to fill grill between head lights than to pen Chevy grill to buick

  • Devin

    "Can we get a new daddy? I don't think this one works very well."

  • An instand after this photo was taken, little Suzie ws instantly vaporized during Doctor Neilman's mini-nuclear device test. Sadly, she wasn't wearing the proper protective eyewear.

  • Irishzombieman

    In days of yore, men removed the caps from overheated radiators barehanded, barefaced, and with fortitude and boldness that would shock today's hipster wussies.

    Men like these still walk the earth, and are easily identified by the pink hue of their scar tissue.

    • Devin

      True story: My brother actually did that. As you might imagine, very badly burned. He has scars all over his upper body, though somehow he managed to avoid getting it on his face.

      In this case, it appears that the man got it all over his pants, close to the crotch area, which is a less than ideal location for horrible burns.

      • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

        My dad did that too, I thought he looked like a mummy in the hospital.

  • smalleyxb122
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    • Beat me to it.

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      "17 minutes ago" My browser picked the worst time to crash 🙁 but you still were a bit quicker on the draw 🙂

      $ date; ls -l unpimp.png
      Tue Nov 20 10:29:27 CST 2012
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  • danleym

    Dammit kids, how many times do I have to tell you, quit putting your fog machine under the hood! The prank isn't funny anymore!

  • dukeisduke

    "Don't be cheap like Don, who bought a Genericar. Buy Genuine Chevrolet."

  • $kaycog

    "Stop it, Frank! How many times have I told you not to blow off steam in front of the girls?"

    • onrails

      Missed it by that much… great minds think alike!

      Man that really steams me… You'd think I could work better under pressure.

  • onrails

    "Daddy's fine, girls. He just needs to let off a little steam."

  • TurboBrick

    "…and kids, that is how you open a radiator cap without a rag!"

  • "Mommy, what do you mean this car blew faster than Daddy?"

  • "Daddy, I TOLD you to let it cool off before you tried messing with the radiator cap!"

  • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/ZIjTU.png&quot; width="640">

  • skitter

    You two stay in the car. I'll handle this.

  • jeepjeff

    Dear, there's two dead bodies in the trunk, you still have blood on your pants and now this. I hope you know what you're doing because we cannot call for help right now, can we?

  • "What's a cell phone?"

  • Kogashiwa

    Thar she blows! Betty, quick, the harpoon!

  • Scandinavian Flick

    "The last time there was hot and steamy roadside action in their car, it resulted in their precocious children. This time it resulted in Prestone coolant."

  • Mulry

    Already unimpressed by the blood splatter evidence, the girls were skeptical that Uncle Fred's innovative steam-cleaning method would keep him out of the clink for long.

  • Van_Sarockin

    The Henderson's never made it to Yellowstone on their summer vacation. But their Impala was known ever after as Old Faithful.

  • Wife lovingly saying.

    "How do you like hot sticky fluid all over your clothes, not so fun, is it?"


    Prestone Antifreeze.
    Get it today!

    Or expect the "UN-IM-PREST-ONE" in your front seat to be the next to overheat!

  • MVEilenstein

    "Hold my beer and watch this."

  • On the road to Cleveland, the Crappers' car became a steamer.

  • pwned88

    "Frank, I TOLD you this is a terrible way to make tea."

  • fodder650

    "Ok girls its time to tell you about the birds and the bees. Pay attention honey. Look when one car loves another car things get all kinds of hot and bothered"
    5 minutes later
    "And that's when there is a strange release and this is how small cars are born"

  • Vairship

    Coulda had a Corvair!


    "I like what you did to trousers, Ralph. I remember when (whispers) you used to feel that way about me!"*sniff*

    "Well Mabel, the last time I felt that way your Ass wasn't this big!"

  • Stumack

    It was a '61 Impala – the front bumper and headlights are the giveaway. The character line that cuts down from the leading edge of the hood and bodyline on the front fender and door have been airbrushed out, and the A-pillar and vent window have been doctored.

  • Scott Evangelista

    Mommy. . What does ouch f**k piece of s**t mean?

  • Scott Evangelista

    As gas prices soar past 18 cents a gallon cheap ass Fred chose not to spring for the super sport with the 409 and the heavy duty cooling as Edith and the kids suggested

  • Scott

    Mommy Mommy.. Daddys on fire!

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