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Long Shots: And On To Palm Beach Gardens

LongRoofian March 21, 2013 All Things Hoon 28 Comments


So this olelongrooffan arrived to work on Monday after a long week of schleping BikeWeek trailers only to find out that TheBigBoss had found an experienced trailer sales dude to take my place and he could start immediately. Finance cut me a check and by the end of the day, this olelongrooffan was once again unemployed. Tuesday I packed up my shit out at The Garage and flogged my longerroof down Florida Highway 9 that most people called I-95 toward a new life with my friend Kris. And that is a good thing. I’m glad TheBigBoss was able to find someone with experience that quickly.

Plus, in Palm Beach Gardens, Johnny Law drives a longroof!


So, after surprising Kris at her office when I stopped in to get a key to my new pad, she warned me her place was pretty trashed as she had been out nearly every night this past week with her newest Beau. I got over to my new pad and realized she was not underestimating the condition of that place.


After getting a load of laundry going, I took stock of refrigerator (empty) and the cupboards (ditto). Well my friend happens to enjoy homemade expressos in the a.m. (and of course she was out) and the bucks that is a star is located almost just across the street from my new pad. So this olelongrooffan, now living in a sea of Mercedes Benz’s, BMWs, Lexus’ and Bentleys, jumped in my longerroof to head over to the toney Gardens Mall, home of Macy’s, Sacs, Bloomingdales and the like.


This olelongrooffan was floored that this was the first car I noticed in the parking lot of that upscale joint. It stood out like a sore thumb and this olelongrooffan just had to stop and grab a few Long Shots images of it to share with my fellow Hoons.


And it can be barely seen but that is a 4 lb. weight lying behind that busted out grille.

Maybe there will be some cool stuff to be found round these here parts by this olelongrooffan.

Image Copyright Hooniverse 2013/longrooffan

  • My wife is a public school teacher. After I dropped her off yesterday, I saw an Aries just like the one pictured, with her school district's initials on it. They have a 25 year old K-car in their motor pool!

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      Just like that one? Cool!

  • Was the police wagon a K-9 unit? The local sheriff here has a couple for the K-9 units, but I think they are being replaced by Tahoes.

    Keep an eye out for tours of old Ferraris and such. My one and only trip to Palm Beach happened to be around the same time as a Ferrari club even at the local track. While touring around Palm Beach (the fancy beach side) and passing the 2nd F-40 I knew something was up.

    • "Special Crimes Investigation" was displayed on the front license plate. FHP has Tahoes for their K=9 units.

  • vwminispeedster

    The more I see your XTREME truck the more i dig it. Good luck on the new adventure!

    • I never knew the model existed until longrooffan mentioned it. I just saw one in Concord.

  • racer139

    I like yer new longroof Ive never seen the suv version of the XTREME before yours. It must not have made it to Canada. That said Id love to have one with some sort of LS swap, then it would have plenty of go to match its good looks. I dont know it any one here vivits that lowly and mobile device hating J site anymore but as my computer is now back to good I checked out NP/CP this morning and they featured a normal Blazer with an LS swap that was decently clean high mileage rig. That said their comments section sure droped off….

    • All the cool kids are here now.

      • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

        And the wierdos too, the loveable ones at least.

  • MVEilenstein

    There's only one good use for old K-cars.

    [youtube 9-JhnIcZ6UQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-JhnIcZ6UQ youtube]

    • jeepjeff

      They do make excellent portable garden sheds.

  • OA5599

    I like the way the driver of the K-car parked it away from the other cars. I'd hate to see a classic like that pick up a door ding.

    • Alcology

      That part of the lot was full when the driver got there.

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      I park like that, cause I hate having to count on my starter and reverse gear.

  • stigshift

    I would be proud to ride in the back of that car in handcuffs. To be clear, I am not referring to the K-car.

  • calzonegolem

    My college roommate my senior and super senior years had a Plymouth Reliant in the same matte grey. That thing was a pile then. I can't imagine that a decade later this one is any better to drive.

    • stigshift

      That matte gray used to be called silver. Seriously, that car used to be silver.

  • ESP

    Welcome to PBG! I am sure you will find some more interestingness on thee streets and in the parking lots. Plenty of "classics" around and in amazing condition.

  • Earl

    Sorry you had to move – and sorry about your job situation. I never met you but I am in Volusia – other side.

    • Don't worry, to paraphrase Neil Young, this olelongrooffan may be gone but Volusia is not forgotten…

  • Tom Lee

    gladyouistherenow and gladyouisfindingoldshittheretoo


  • Mad_Hungarian

    Hey, sorry to hear of your job situation (or un-job situation I guess). Sounds like a pretty sucky way to get canned, right after you had been busting your butt for them. Hope you find something remunerative in your new area down the road.

    As for what to do with K-cars, there's an '87 Reliant wagon currently being passed from one LeMons team to another until it gets to every race, this piece of coordinated insanity being called "K It Forward." You can read more at http://forums.24hoursoflemons.com/viewforum.php?i

    • OA5599

      OLRF didn't get canned. He was quitting, but didn't want to leave his employer short-staffed during busy season, so gave oldlongerthantwoweeksnotice. The boss found a replacement and cut OLRF loose ASAP so he could pursue the next chapter.

      • OA5599..That is exactly it. TheBigBoss found someone rather quickly and had to move on it. I was one foot out the door anyway and it worked out for all. In the meantime before Aps and Tales is opened, this olelongrooffan is going to be odd jobbin' it around these here parts. A woman Kris works with just an hour ago paid me more than 3/4 week's previous salary to hang two mirrors, install a light switch plate and install three shower heads. Drinks and snacks at BoneFish tonite FTMFW.

        • MVEilenstein

          Dude – I did all that THIS WEEKEND. I need to start advertising.

  • Trouble

    Never trade Volusia for SFLA

  • Earl

    I grew up in Martin County – heaven's waiting room – FULL of old folks who drive really, really slow. My blood pressure can't take living down there.

  • wunno sev

    i think there's a certain point at which you spend more keeping a very old car alive than buying a slightly newer one

    the optimum purchase cost-to-maintenance cost value, i think, is reached with early/mid-'90s japanese cars. can be had for a grand with rust, but a little maintenance will keep them going forever, and they use very little fuel. something like this K-car probably isn't still around because the owner can't afford anything better, it's still around because he likes it. (or he refuses to buy foreign cars, or he's just completely unaware of the other options out there, or he never has enough cash to buy a car but always has enough cash to fix his old one.)

    or i don't know, maybe the used car economy works differently down there.