Not even Finland is safe from Hummers. Every now and then, it’s pretty easy to run into a H2. H1:s are rarer, but they too do exist here, even if straight off the top of my head I can’t think if a more cantankerous machine to manoeuvre in Finnish town traffic.
In my mind, the typical Hummer driver is a perma-tanned, short-haired (hair can only be seen with a microscope), tattooed bodybuilder/bouncer with a gold chain in their neck and a Finnish flag on their hoodie. But what do I know? Perhaps this one is driven by a little old lady, who’s gotten tired of never getting the right of way in her lavender-coloured Nissan Micra.
Six litres of Vortec power. You could do worse. The black box-ness is exaggerated with the blacking-out of the chrome grille.
This H2 has travelled to Finland via Estonia, according to the plate holders. The truck has been made to conform with some of the light regulations here, and the taillights have been replaced with what seem to be caravan taillights. The side markers have also been blacked out.
Hummers without underbody coating don’t really do Finnish winters, it seems. Let’s add a couple of shots of a similar truck shot in 2009:
Uhh. Pesky rust. When these were taken, this truck was five-to-six years old.
But of course, maybe the truck I saw and shot just recently has been better taken care of. A Hummer does still set you back 20k eur used, so it’s not a bad idea to keep an eye at the undercarriage. It’s not like it’s not clearly visible.
[Photos: 2013 Hooniverse/Antti Kautonen except underbody shots frankiess]