I’ve had lots of interest in the 3rd name, naming strategy for cars covered in i-c e 1. Everybody’s calling , txting, e-mailing with increasingly great examples. Paul S texted in with the Audi A6 Vindis. My ace son-in law S saw a – – Ripcurl! And followed it up with a spot of home-made branding which saw an Astra LX or something deflowered and re-christenned as an Astra …Man United, with consistent lettering on the rear quarters. Two things are painful here; a) that someone would go to the trouble of removing the car’s original back side livery and replace it with tailored branding and b) that someone would think that an Astra is redolent of the mighty Man U. I mean if it had been an Aston Martin Vantage I could understand it – great English marque and a world leader, powerful attack with subtle restraint, traditional values yet modern thinking, devoted followers and surprisingly significant US ownership influence etc etc. That would be a true simile but a frigging Vauxhall Astra? Do me a favour. That’s a car for Luton Town FC. What would be your team/car comparisons?
Whilst down in Brighton with my daughter and S we spotted another Ford Fiesta Frascati – two in 24 hours. There must be a Brighton Ford dealer with a sense of humour and bubbly infectiousness. Think that might just be possible in Brighton. The idea of naming cars after classic wines/drinks is appealing (and unfortunate). But the Vauxhall Verdicchio, Lamborghini Lambrusco, Ferrari Fuisse, Honda Hirondelle, Chevrolet Chevry-Chambertain et al is v appealing. Sure you can think of far better examples.
Here are some of the other sightings of crap 3rd names we came across driving up to the Lakes to see C’s mum, today:
– VW Polo Twist and VW Polo Motion – obviously the Germans are into dance themes currently
– Toyota Rav4 Freesport (with funky graphic sails) and Toyota Avensis Vermont. Very Americana and then I spotted the
Toyota Aygo ‘Black’. I was glad they’d pointed this out because I couldn’t decide if the paintwork was black or lime green. Really helpful Japanese instructions for those of us who grew up in the 50’s when there was no other car colour.
– Renault Megane Oasis, refreshingly Manc.
– Citroen C1 Airplay+. Quite bizarre
– Seat Ibiza Salsa in funky lettering (note in the earlier blog the use of Mardi Gras, Jazz and Calypso – there’s a whole Caribbean/Copacabana thing going on here – which entirely suits the cars involved…not)
– Hyundai Accent Coupe Si. Now this could have been a mistake and it might have been a missing ‘x’ at the end of ‘Si’ or something. But that would have at least as little sense as ‘Si’. So Si must be it. So why?
– also saw a Something Something ‘ally’ – friendly but emotionally a little too strategic? Why not Pal or Mate or Buddy?
Car naming is just such a fun area in the event that you’re stuck in a car park or schlepping over to the in-laws. Check out the convention of a centralised logo device on the boot lid with the manufacturer/ model name to the left of the boot lid and type number eg CDI 1.6 TDi (what’s the longest number of digits?) top right. Mazda have started to experiment with model and type reversed. Oooh! And Renault are doing model names under the central logo device these days to look v different. French radical chic. Look for the tell-tale hopeless naming tactics on the special editions. They will be intellectually crap but hugely entertaining to spot.