Classic Captions – Gurgel G-15L Edition

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Even though we just featured a Brazilian car three weeks ago, we’re going back to South America in honor of the Summer Olympics currently underway in Rio. This week’s Classic Captions Contest features one of Brazil’s most iconic — or perhaps just most original — homegrown vehicle designs. The Gurgel (“goor-JHEL”) G-15L was a forward control pickup based on Volkswagen running gear, but with a monocoque body of plastic and steel composite construction (called, unremarkably, “Plasteel”) that afforded a very utilitarian 1-ton load rating and 37 gallon fuel capacity.
The photo above illustrates the rugged usefulness of the G-15L, while also appealing to the Brazilian cultural affection for the iconic, self-reliant frontier gaucho. What is the Gurgel driver pointing out to his equine-mounted compatriot, and why? You tell us. Click through to leave your snappiest witticism in the comments.

57-dodge-royal-lancerLast week’s Air-Force-themed photo from Dodge was a popular one, and resulted in lots of great comments. Two commenters’ explanations for the airman’s animated gestures tied for top honors. P161911 offered, “So I was driving on the coast, and the next thing I know one of those Navy fly boys is trying to land on the hood of my Dodge! I know the hood is big, but it ain’t a carrier deck!” The other was engineerd, with “I came around her like this and gave her a little maneuver I like to call the ‘royal lancet.’ Too bad she dodged me.”
Nicely done to both of you, gentlemen.

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  1. Lokki Avatar
    Lokki

    Thanks for stopping to help! The dealership is way over there, but if can get her started, I reckon she’ll make it, this time.

  2. The Real Number_Six Avatar
    The Real Number_Six

    “…and we’ll put the velodrome right over there”, said João to an incredulous audience of one gaucho, 35 years too soon.

  3. theskitter Avatar

    They knew the land, but not their own hearts.

    1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      The way to a horses heart is through his stomach.

  4. Alff Avatar
    Alff

    “Thank goodness this bridge is here. It’s a Gurgel, not a Ford”.

    1. The Real Number_Six Avatar
      The Real Number_Six

      We’ll brook no puns on this site.

      1. Alff Avatar
        Alff

        If you don’t like it you can just ignore this comment stream.

        1. nanoop Avatar
          nanoop

          And ignore its gorgeousness?

        2. The Real Number_Six Avatar
          The Real Number_Six

          Fair enough; it is a race to the bottom anyway…

        3. Alcology Avatar
          Alcology

          It’ll just trickle out in time.

          1. nanoop Avatar
            nanoop

            Are you crossed now?

          2. Wayne Moyer Avatar
            Wayne Moyer

            Probably not but it’s all just water under the bridge.

  5. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    The US Air Force guys usually come over the valley that way really fast. So you will want to duck under this bridge in about five minutes. It’s kind of annoying.

  6. Jofes2 Avatar
    Jofes2

    “You start over there while I’m here, and then we’ll see who gets across first.”

  7. Prince Halibrand Avatar
    Prince Halibrand

    Okay, you can borrow my truck. But be sure to park it at the top of that hill before you kill the engine.

  8. JayP Avatar
    JayP

    There’s a Ted Kennedy joke in there that I’m afraid to post.

    1. Alcology Avatar
      Alcology

      Don’t want to drown in the upvotes?

      1. JayP Avatar
        JayP

        I’d just wreck it.

  9. GTXcellent Avatar
    GTXcellent

    And that’s where I saw the leprechaun. He told me to burn things.

  10. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    “Yes, I’m afraid the nearest decent pickup truck is thirty miles thataway.”

  11. engineerd Avatar
    engineerd

    Listen daaaaaa-aaaad, I saw mom grazing in the meadow over there.

  12. I_Borgward Avatar
    I_Borgward

    Rio? That’s over there. But you can’t get there from here.

  13. Monkey10is Avatar
    Monkey10is

    “Can you hear a strange gurgle noise?”
    “I blame the horse…”

  14. mdharrell Avatar

    “Thousands of cattle, as far as the eye can see,” thus confirming the popularity of the G-15L among the severely myopic.

  15. Batshitbox Avatar
    Batshitbox

    “…for two hundred Real, from a little green fella with large black eyes and a dome of a head. He’s just over th… well, I’ll be dinged. Anyway, you think this is weird, you shoulda seen the transporter he delivered it in!”

  16. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    The Gurgel could be seen parked most often next to the Spit and the Swallow.

    1. Alff Avatar
      Alff

      Given the choice, I’ll have the Swallow.

  17. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    “See that tree Bob”
    “Yeah”
    “This here truck took down the entire rain forest except for that last one. I left it up as a reminder for the other ones never to grow again!”

  18. engineerd Avatar
    engineerd

    I should read the entire thing. I just realized I tied for a win for the coveted Classic Captions Comic Cup, and with P161911 nonetheless…who regularly causes me to giggle. Congrats P161911, and thank you Tanshanomi!

  19. outback_ute Avatar
    outback_ute

    Lucky this thing is streamlined, its only taken me 5 hours to drive from over there!

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