Classic Captions – The 1976 Buick Skyhawk Edition


Welcome to the Hooniverse Classic Captions Post, and once again, it’s that time of the week in which this feature appears, 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 caption that is some how tied in with the image. This week we look at a Small Buick derived from the DNA of the Chevy Vega…

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Last time, we had an image of an explosively colorful hatchback, and the participation level was a bit on the light side, but there were some memorable comments none-the-less. The runner-up comment was from needthatcar, and I had to check the date because I could have sworn it wasn’t Columbus Day yet, but I guess the caption says I’m wrong: “Let’s see, we’ve got the Nina and the Pinto…now where’s the Santa Maria?”. This was a fan favorite that I really don’t get, but there was one other just a bit better.

Last week’s winning caption came from a Atomic Toaster’s Prolific Author, engineerd, and his winning caption went like this: “Dad, mommy says the Pinto will explode when tagged from behind, just like she does in the bedroom. What does that mean?”. Sigh… I tried so hard to not reward the exploding gas tank jokes, but this one was more than funny, so congratulations engineerd on winning the Caption Contest this week.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and it is an image for the 1976 Buick Skyhawk. The ad copy states “The first Skyhawk on the block”, which is a really odd thing to boast about because the Buick Skyhawk was introduced a full model year earlier (in 1975). So in essence, was the Skyhawk really a slow seller as the ad copy states? This was Buick’s smallest car at that time, and it came standard with the 231 CID V-6, 4-Speed Manual, and it had better interior appointments than the Chevrolet Monza it was related to. But these were badged engineered cars, and you could get practically the same car as an Oldsmobile (of which we already had a Classic Caption Feature of). About the ad, and it is typical GM during this time period, with a crowd of people (of all ages) standing around the car, with fake enthusiasm for the owner and the car. What I really want to know is this: What is the old lady with the umbrella suppose to represent, and what the hell is that dog suppose to be doing? Also, is this really the way to sell a small Buick, even though it’s just a clone? (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 on the merits of each entry, and after contemplating our own caption (I’ll stand here pondering the meaning of that umbrella), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this unusual image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream

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