You've heard Weird Al Yankovic's comedic versions of Top-40 songs over the years, but did you know that, as a teenaged accordion god in 1976, he wrote and recorded the best tribute to a car ever put to tape? You do now.
Many of us have looked at a beat-to-hell sedan, then reached for the Sawzall and created an open-air summer cruiser. Then, when the weather turns cold/rainy, it gets junked. But if you're Belvedere Adrian, you keep driving it for decades!
Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. The Belvedere was Plymouth's answer to the Chevelle and Fairlane.
It's no shock to find only one example apiece from the likes of AMC, Yugo, and Isuzu, but Chrysler and Subaru? Something's wrong here! In any case, these are the teams that singlehandedly represented their marques on the racetrack.
Last year, Belvedere Adrian brought two vehicles from his fleet of old Plymouths, plus his vintage Serro Scotty trailer, to a tailgate party before an Oakland Athletics game, and a good time was had by all. Last weekend, however, we figured we needed more Belvederes, so Adrian brought five of his favorite B-bodies,…
We just want to give a little shout out to one of Alameda's finest sons, Belvedere Adrian. While he doesn't get paid the suitcases stuffed with cash that Murilee and I do, we did get the Gawker Overlords to cough up $1.66 to buy him a pair of gloves at the WalMart. True story. Except for the part about the Gawker…