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Classic Captions – The 1965 Pontiac Bonneville (Hertz Car Rental) Edition

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Welcome to the Redusernab 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. Thanks to all of our fans here on the ‘verse, the participation level was a little better last week, so I have come to the conclusion that my choice in imagery has been the culprit, so I vow that I will try and do a lot better in the future, and I think I found a great image this time, but let’s get to that in a moment…

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Last time, we had an image of a Car Factory Fantasy, and it was the first time I used an illustration and not a photograph, so it looks like more renderings like this will become a part of this series in the future. All of the entries were top notch, very clever, and some were extremely funny. The runner-up comment was from , who commented on one Model’s work performance: “Tiffany, are you using a hair dryer on the lug nuts?!? No, no, wait…don’t cry…it’s good, seriously. Those nuts needed to be warmed up. You’re doing great.” Very funny needthatcar, but there was one comment that was just a tad sharper this time…

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And the winning comment was from , and it was submitted with the image you see on the right. He used mental imagery with just the right words to create an unforgettable picture, and it went as follows: “The Dream: (using the original Dream Factory Image) The Reality: (Using the image on the right) This was so well done, eliciting an “I Hate You Now” comment from Tanshanomi, and quite possibly a few groans from out fans as well, that I can only congratulate I_Borgward on producing the winning caption this time.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and I found this image from 1965 for the Hertz Rent-A-Car company with their near decade long tag-line of “Hertz Puts You in the Driver’s Seat” message. There were TV spots in which you saw a man in a business suit gliding down into a Full-Size convertible, with the bright yellow (or simply light grey if you only had a Black & White television) Hertz logo displayed at the end of the commercial. This image was just an extension of the TV spots, used in national Magazines like Life, Look, The Saturday Evening Post, National Geographic, and of course TV Guide. It is amazing that these ads all used Convertibles, since these were the glamour cars of their day, but it was your everyday, run-of-the-mill sedan that made up the majority of the Hertz Fleet during this time period, and they didn’t turn them over as often as they do today. Let’s make this a bonus round this time… Try and name the Airline, as well as the Aircraft Model that the businessman is jumping from!

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 don’t think the guy is going to land in the car, by the way!), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this rather unusual image.

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  • Irishzombieman☆

    Excellent, I_Borgward!

    And here is a most excellent reward.

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    • I_Borgward

      An IPA! My favorite! How did you know?

      • Irishzombieman☆

        Smiling. I had one of these last night and it was really damned good. Worth seeking out. Costco's got 'em in California.

  • $kaycog

    Good job, l_Borgward, on your winning caption! I'd like to award you with this Mercedes.

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    • I_Borgward

      Thanks! I am a bit worried about the Swarovski crystals on her shorts digging in the paint… eh, it'll buff right out, I guess.

  • Irishzombieman☆

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    • Courtesy Embed

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      • Irishzombieman☆

        What the huh? Mine works for me but yours doesn't.

        Which makes me wonder if a lot of images I've posted don't show up for anyone but me.

        • I wonder if it's hotblocked, but shows up for each of us because we cached the photo before embedding.

          • skitter

            Aside from the one that started this discussion, I have no issues seeing either of your embeds going back a few days.

            • FЯeeMan

              I've had very few image viewing issues, except both of the ones above.

            • I WIIIIIIINNNNN!

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          • Vairship

            IZM's shows up, but Tanshanomi's only shows up when I right-click and select View Image. YMMV.

        • Scandinavian Flick ★

          That's because the image is still cached for each of you. Neither works for me. Try a hard refresh (Ctrl+F5) and watch it disappear. That image host sucks, and I can't even snag it to host it somewhere else. You'll have to find the pic somewhere else…

          • Scandinavian Flick ★

            Scratch that, here you go. Had to go into the browser source code…

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            I recommend Imgur for all your image hosting needs.

            • skitter

              I use Photobucket. No idea how broken mine tend to be.

  • Intefix

    I reckon it's an American Airlines 707 in this one, my 1st reaction for a caption "Do no try this without a cadilac by hertz waiting for you were you land"

  • $kaycog

    Larry jumped for joy when he saw the Bonneville rental car.

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  • GTXcellent

    D. B. Cooper's first attempt needed quite a bit of refinement.

  • Alff

    Not even the designers could anticipate all of the advantages of Pontiac's Wide Track.

    I agree with Intefix, above, on the model and operator of the jet. Probably a 707-123.

  • skitter

    Though the jump was remarkably close, Bob missed his connecting flight and had to drive to San Francisco.

  • PotbellyJoe ❤❤❤❤♡

    "Oh and James, Don't push the red…. button."

  • smalleyxb122

    "Don't land on the shifter. Don't land on the shifter. Don't land on the shifter."

    • My thought was, "I TOLD them I didn't want the console shiftier!"

    • mkep819

      Those Airline peanuts will become crushed nuts, If you know what I mean

  • Rich

    Dr. Sheldon Cooper finally perfects the personal anti-gravity driver's seat.

  • For the bonus question, definitely American Airlines and I'll guess 707 or some variant.

  • Devin

    Donna quickly realized that she didn't actually want it to be raining men.

  • fodder650

    Guess who just joined the mile high club?

    So yes I am going with a 707 and American Airlines except that the bottom detail on the paint is bothering me and he wouldn't have asked if it was that easy. Also that landing is going to really suck.I don't care how much the cars floated back then. Bob Executive there is going to find that the Hurst shifter is going to be lodged in his colon for many years to come until he is featured on a very special episode of American Pickers when they to start to bid on it's worth and what they will pay for it's removal.

  • fodder650

    Ok the 707 with that paint scheme and American Airlines in the sixties looks like a winner. Note the lightning stripe.

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  • Number_Six

    The aircraft is an American Airlines Boeing 727. The reason we know it's not a 707 is the 707 has a smooth lower fuselage, whereas the 727 has a bulge around the wing root.
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    • fodder650

      Oh look at mister smarty pants. 🙂

      • Number_Six

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      • tonyola

        Oh yeah, like we here don't get all trainspotty over the most arcane automotive detail (present company included).

    • Zing!!!

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  • Number_Six

    The seats in Bill's rental car were really, really bouncy.

  • mkep819

    Now I can't get Tom Petty's "Free Falling" out of my head.

  • Next time Bill would wait until the captain turned off the fasten seat belt light.

  • FЯeeMan

    This is gunna Hertz!

  • Scandinavian Flick ★

    "Do you expect me to walk?"

    "No, Mr Bond, I expect you to fly!"

  • Manic_King

    "Whoa, Jaqueline, look, I can nearly master my pea soup powered jet pack!"

  • Van_Sarockin

    Despite his aeronautics background, Ned proved inept with the ejection seat controls. After this, he was grounded permanently.

  • "Don't eat the beef stroganoff…. it's a bit gassy".

  • dwbf11

    Fortunately for Mr. Smith, Hertz had ordered the Hydra-Matic column mounted automatic for its Bonneville fleet.

  • Van_Sarockin

    Tonneau or trampoline? Only your rental agent knows for sure.

  • "FLUBBER SHOOooes!"

  • faberferrum

    Sir? Sir! The stairs are on their way!

  • zsvdkhnorc

    “Hertz Puts You Through the Driver’s Seat…Floorpan…Tarmac…”

  • Intefix

    As it turns out this is a 727-100 of American Airlines
    and here is a bigger pic …

  • tonyola

    George was walking on air after he gave the stewardess a great big smooch.

  • drmrs

    American Airlines / Cadillac: The stewardess is having my baby, and I'm jumping for joy (to get out of town in my new car to see my lawyer). drmrs 5/29/2014

  • ReneM

    OH YEAH! Come fly wit me!

  • BSPhill

    "Damn you Q!" The new agent exclaimed.
    The first of April is a great way for co-workers to share their jolly humour. However, a bad day to start a new mission.

  • Geronimo!!

  • Vairship

    Express boarding (a new feature available on all Hertz cars) was discontinued when aiming for the open cabin door proved to be an issue. Because if you miss, it Hertz!

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