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Classic Captions – The 1951 Nash Ambassador Airflyte Edition

Jim Brennan August 20, 2013 Hooniverse Classic Captions Contest 39 Comments


Welcome to the Hooniverse Classic Captions Post. This is a series of posts that are set to run this time each week, 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. This week, there are two men with fishing poles, but where is the water?


Last week, we had an image of a Pool Party with a Woodie, and the responses were all excellent. The runner-up comment was from relative new comer mkep819, and his caption went something like this: “When he drives a new car off the lot, it increases in value. Panhandlers give him money. He can drive a station wagon, and still attract women… He is the most interesting man in the Hooniverse.” This was a very well executed comment using the current Dos Equis Beer Commercials, so well done mkep819!

However, there was one caption that was a clear favorite for the week, and it was penned by Batshitbox (yes, again). This caption tied in the image with a classic Television Series: “Submitted for your consideration, the young couples of Mercville: They laugh, they swim, they wax their woodies and tipple their highballs and smile. But no one in Mercville ever looks into the sky, or even into the horizon, or even into the next yard. Because there is no sky, no horizon, nor even a house next door. Mercville; a town surrounded by nothing, a drifting existential horror you’ll find in… The Twinlight Zone” Ah yes, Rod Serling would look very comfortable in this setting, so congratulations Batshitbox, on a very well done Classic Caption.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks image, and it is a Print Advertisement for the 1951 Nash Ambassador Airflyte, with a couple of blokes in a wooded setting. It looks like they are trying to string fishing line on a couple of fishing poles, only it looks like there isn’t either a stream or lake anywhere (at least, not framed in the image). You know, if it was an image taken today, the car would be a huge Pickup Truck or SUV instead of a common sedan, but wait… The Nash is actually a more appropriate vehicle. Remember, Nash was the only manufacturer during this time period to offer fully reclining seat backs, so you could make a bed inside the car… Why do I think that’s a great idea? Maybe the men wanted to get away from their wives? Are they going fishing on Brokeback Mountain? And am I really this warped to think of this type of imagery from the early 50’s? (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 contemplating our own caption, we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this very captivating image.

Photo Credit: Plan59.com

  • onrails

    Nigel, as you can clearly see by this #22 Bead Head Nymph, it is indeed your fly that has landed in my soup.

  • "Trust me, Gus. Once we get them — wha'cha call 'em — roads 'round these parts, it'll prove to be much more than just a fishin' cabin."

  • $kaycog

    Congratulations, Batshitbox, on another win! My prize to you is a Mercury XM Turnpike Cruiser shown here at the 1956 Chicago Auto Show.

    <img src="http://www.chicagoautoshow.com/assets/vehiclehistory/MercuryXMTurnPikeCruiser@1956Web22.jpg"width="500"/&gt;

  • "Ed, I can't wait to try out your new inflatable Nash! Should be great on the pond."

  • "You see what's on my fingertips? Dust. Dust from the wheel wells. Yes, all four wheel wells. I said we could go fishing when the car was clean. It's not clean yet."

  • $kaycog

    Nashurally, Frank fell for this car hook, line and sinker.

  • onrails

    Jim didn't like the disturbing look on Bob's face when he said "Even though the fish aren't biting now, he's sure they would be soon. Don't you think, old 'Chum'?"

  • mkep819

    You know the rule Jim. "You caught it, you clean it, you cook it!"

  • "I got nothing…."

    "I wasn't talking about the fishing, I was talking about your snarky comment about my car?"

    "I still got nothing…"

  • "The worst day of fishing is better than the best day of work, Bob."

    "Well duh, how crappy a job does a guy have if all he can afford is a Nash?"

  • "Jim, why is your boat upside down?"

  • OA5599

    As easy as catching a fish in a bathtub.

  • Years of practicing secretly in the woods would pay off for Henry, when he finally showed off his break dancing marionette doing The Robot.

  • skitter

    The Red Nash? Didn't use anything special to catch it. Just make sure you're using a 20 pound line.

  • Nash was WAAAY more progressive than most people realized, even marketing their fully reclining bed seats to alternative lifestyle couples in the early 1950s.

  • GTXcellent

    "This fishing gear and your shiny new Nash is the perfect cover-up for my fool proof plan Harold. Now, you put on the big-foot outfit, and I'll get the 8mm camera going"

  • Long before Brokeback Mountain was the lesser known Nash Ambassador. The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys fishermen and their lives over the years. Thus proving once again that there are no more new ideas in Hollywood.

  • Silently… imperceptibly… the 1951 Nash Ambassador creeps up on its intended victims. Despite it's flamboyant coloring, it's completely invisible; until it rears up, raises its hood and paralyzes the fishermen with an ear splitting "BEEP-BEEP! BEEP-BEEP!" It's horn goes beep beep beep!

  • Van_Sarockin

    "You can stop digging now, Merle, but you should have seen the coeds that got away."

  • mkep819

    "So what did you use for bait Jim? A Metropolitan, or the Crosley Hot Shot?"

  • Irishzombieman☆

    These woods are mine–Oh don't I wish
    The owner's soft and city-ish
    He will not see us stopping here
    To load the car with poach-ed fish

    My bright red Nash is full of beer
    Of fishing, hunting, camping gear
    My great big gun has tasted bear
    but never has it whacked a deer

    With rod and gun and spear and snare
    We'll kill and eat each fish and hare
    and chipmunk, squirrel, bat and bird
    that we can blast out of the air

    Be it feathered, scaled or furred,
    Lone or member of a herd,
    We'll kill it dead, you have my word.
    BOOM! BLAM BLAM! BANG! Yeah, that's my word.

    Sometimes you just gotta take
    what your subconscious lunatic
    gives you. Apologies, Mr Frost.

  • “Now what, Dad?"
    “Well, son, now we wait for the snowmelt and you can start fishing".

  • Or…..

    "No, you silly boy. I said fis_ing.“

    (fill in the missing letter… I can't bring myself to defile the site nor can I overlook such a tempting pun….)

  • Devin

    "Now Jim, I don't want to criticize your navigation, but don't we need water if we're going fishing?"

  • Lance Boyle

    While on a weekend getaway in the Adirondacks, Antoine and Dwayne sensed their forbidden manlove for the Kelvinator Red Airflyte was at an impasse. They decided that a simple coin toss would determine their fate. The winner would drive off into the sunset towards the next LeMons race.The loser would be left behind to forage for nuts and berries, pondering his destiny. The coin was flipped and…

  • Joe Btfsplk

    "I don't know, Lamar… the squirrels just don't seem to be biting today. I told you we should drive the Jeep and use BB guns so's we don't look like tinkerbells!"

  • Joe Btfsplk

    J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson take a "fishing" break while undercover on a mission of the highest national security importance.

  • Joe Btfsplk

    Jim, could you take a look at this itchy red Nash on my ass?


    "Earl, don't make any sudden moves or nothin' but right behind you is the biggest dern red nose bottle fly I've ever seen!"

  • "Hey, Ennis. What say we get in the bathtub together?"

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