As seen in Civic Center:
I’ve never seen this.
The orange side mirror cozy tells us that that this minivan is operating as a Sidecar and the fact that its front wheels are closer to the median than the rear wheels when it’s going straight down the highway tells me that it was in an accident and then it wasn’t properly repaired:
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Is this a particularly dangerous sitch? Prolly not.
And, in fact, Lady Diana would have been better off in this vehicle* with this driver** on these roads*** and with San Francisco EMTs**** at the ready than she was in her deadly accident in France.
And it’s not an SFMTA-approved San Francisco taxi cab with more than a half million miles on the odometer.
But still, this Sidecar aint right.
*A Mercedes Benz S280 that had badges saying “S600″ and “V12,” an S280 that wasn’t repaired properly after being stolen for its airbages, an S280 that handled differently turning left vs turning right
**Not drunk, let’s hope.
***Pick America’s poorest state and try to find exposed support beams without a guardrail ala that tunnel in Paris. You can’t.
****American-style “scrape and scoot” response vs. a French-style “stay and pray” let’s-take-more-than-an-an-hour-to-get-to-the-hospital approach…
Now I’m not saying it’s owned by a church, but this is what 15-passenger church vans look like (so I call them church vans) plus this ride finally got the boot just outside of a big old church parking lot.
Note the flat tire.
Note that the reason this van got the boot is due to an excessive number of unpaid tickets having to do with the Residential Parking Program, which, you know, I don’t believe in. So what’ll happen is that a meter maid will mark your car with chalk (that’s the old-school method) or somehow note its time and position with license plate scanners or something like that and then come back two hours later to issue a ticket – this can happen more than once in a day, so you can end up with more than one ticket after a day of parking in the wrong neighborhood. Anyway, this van managed to get over $150 in RPP tickets on its windshield in just one day last week.
Poor little feller:
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In mitigation, the SFMTA could have just towed this rig and that would have been much worse for the owner.
Anyway, rules are rules I suppose.
Unless the owner performs an intervention to get it in running shape and also to pay off the SFMTA the four-figures worth of tickets and fines and boot installation and removal fees and also to deal with the DMV, this van is headed for the auction.
At first glance, the “wrap” on this Golden Gate Park shuttle van allowed it to blend in with all the nearby Victorians. Imagine my surprise when I noticed it moving!
I was like, “AHAHAHAHA … remarkable!“
Boy, you got me good, RPD.
This one was sent in by @lz.
I’ll note the Oregon plates:
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Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred three score and six.
Here’s an old Chrysler van. Can you see the rear extension they simply tacked on to the end of the thing? See how they left the wheels in the same place as on the shorter 12-passenger version?
Bad form – a half-assed design on the cheap:
The Ford design was to lengthen the body over the same frame as smaller vehicles. GM increased the wheelbase. Safety experts feel the GM approach is the safer design.
Passenger vans (Econoline Wagons/Club Wagons) could seat between two and 12 passengers, depending on the number of seats installed; standard-length wagons typically held two bench seats behind the driver. In 1978, a 15-passenger “Super Wagon” was introduced on the same wheelbase as the standard-length van, using a body extension added to the rear of the vehicle.
At the very least, you should load up people from the front on these rigs.
At the very least…