See above. People even attempt to replicate patina on cars, much in the same way people will antique furniture, but, even then, an original, honestly-derived patina will always be more desirable, like the one Andy’s truck sports.


The HOA doesn’t seem to understand the very concept of patina, which is why they’ve been fining Lipka for violating HOA bylaws that prohibit “vehicles with moderately severe body damage” from being parked in driveways, where Andy routinely parks his truck.

So far, he’s amassed almost $3,000 worth of fines. If those fines aren’t paid, the HOA will seek foreclosure on Lipka’s house, and Lipka has countersued in return.


I’ve reached out to both Lipka and the HOA, and have yet to get a response from either, but if I do I’ll be sure to update the story.

An attorney for the HOA did tell KMOV4 that

“The association is asking the court to enforce its covenants, which Lipka agreed to follow and was aware of prior to purchasing his home... Mr. Lipka is not being singled-out, and the association and neighbors made numerous attempts to reach a resolution.”


I think the fundamental issue here revolves around the concept of patina. As gearheads, I think most of us understand this sort of wear isn’t considered damage, and is in fact often a highly desirable trait.

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For the HOA to insist it qualifies as “moderately severe body damage” is being willfully ignorant, and relying on subjective aesthetic taste instead of actual facts. The HOA does not have to actually like a patina’d look on a car, but that does not mean it can just be classified as damage, any more than deciding that a Rolls-Royce Cullinan done up in purple with a silver hood and a gold Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament—an impressively ugly vehicle by many people’s standards—can be considered to have “moderately severe body damage.”

The point here is that Andy Lipka has a lovely, well-maintained old truck with a worn but cared-for look that’s not just appropriate, but is an example of a desirable automotive trend. The idea that somehow he should be punished for parking it in his driveway, to the point of threatening to take his house, is absurd.


He’s not violating any bylaws, and I think an argument can be made that the aggressively boring and mundane other cars in the neighborhood are doing far more to decrease the quality of life than Andy’s charming old truck.

Who looks at a truck like that and seethes in rage? What’s the matter with these people? What kind of glum, miserable, sanitized half-lives do they want to lead?


Screw you, Woodfield Homes Association. Nobody likes you. Let the man park his truck in his driveway.

(Thanks, Michael!)