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Classic Captions – The 1977 GMC Gaucho Van Edition (for Two-Wheel Tuesday)

Jim Brennan December 2, 2014 Redusernab Classic Captions Contest 36 Comments


Welcome to the Redusernab Classic Captions Post, and 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, dealer displays or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous caption that is some how tied in with the image. Chevrolet and GMC shared the “G” series van platforms when they were introduced in the early 70’s, but here is a GMC variant that is not well known, but we will get to that in a moment…


Last time, we had a Plymouth on the Dock of the Bay, and the participation rate was awful, though I think that might have been due to the Thanksgiving Holiday (at least here in the US), so let’s see if we can keep this feature going… Our runner up comment was from Tanshanomi, and his caption went like this: “Rust. It’s acceptable, even expected fact of life…even on the most expensive ships on the world. So don’t come crabbing to us when you see some on your $2400 Plymouth. Plymouth. For discriminating drivers who don’t expect frickin’ miracles.” He has a point, but the readers of this site seem to like one caption just a bit more…

And the winning comment was from one of our regular readers, Number_Six, and the caption went like this: “Da broad says she wants a room at the Savoy, not a ride in a Savoy, ya fahkin idiots.” This was my favorite of the week, so good job Number_Six on winning this weeks classic caption contest.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and this time I went back to the archives of Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream Account again. This is an ad image for the 1977 GMC Gaucho Van, which is a model that I never knew existed. Fun Fact: The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter offers this same type of set-up now, only they call it the “Crew Van”. The image shows a couple of dudes with a Motorcycle (of some sort… Try and guess the make of said Motorcycle). This image is bitchin’ with the guys rocking wide legged jeans, handlebar mustache, and a can’t care attitude. So, unlike so many of the ads I use for this post, I can actually see the point of this particular image…

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 (Like, what are they doing with that cycle anyway?), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this very interesting image.

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  • $kaycog

    Good job, Number_Six, on last week's winning caption. I would like to gift you with this Plymouth Fury.

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    • Irishzombieman☆

      Nice job, Number_Six! Enjoy this vintage beer!

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      • Number_Six

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  • neight428

    The Gaucho and Sissy Bar, not just a hangout in the "eclectic" section of town anymore.

  • Irishzombieman☆

    ". . .you can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. There's shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir fried. There's pineapple shrimp and lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp in potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. . . That's about it."

  • Alff

    Be careful when you load that bike in my new van. I don't want any gaucho marks.

  • skitter

    I just think I'd rather ride bitch in the van, man.

  • Devin

    "I don't get it, why does everyone assume I'm a big fan of Steely Dan?"

  • PotbellyJoe ★★★★☆

    The Gaucho Van from GMC, gaucho is the Spanish word for "Cowboy", and van is the American word for "Lowered Standards."

  • GTXcellent

    Say man, you got a trochoidal oil pump?

    No, not on me, man.

    It'd be a lot cooler if you did.

  • smalleyxb122

    Pete’s pretty hard-core. He takes his motorcycle everywhere. He takes it to work. He takes it to the store. He takes it for scenic drives up mountain roads. He’s taken it from Maine to California…twice. He’s just never learned to ride, so wherever he takes it, he takes it in his van.

  • dukeisduke

    "Man, do you have any idea how cold it is riding a bike while wearing a Qiana shirt, when it's anything below 60 degrees? That's why I live in a van, down by the river."

  • Number_Six

    Wes Siler disappears from Rideapart and shows up in a 1977 GMC advertisement? Time travel is real!

    • Alff

      Is that Wes? I couldn't tell from this angle.

      • Number_Six


      • Irishzombieman☆

        Look at that ass! Of course it's Wes!

  • dead_elvisCan'tLogIn

    Regarding the motorcycle, it's a Yamaha TX650 or TX750. They used that particular paint scheme on both in 1973, not sure about '74.

    Tanshanomi, any help here?

    • It's actually a TX500.

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      • dead_elvis

        Well, shoot! Didn't realize the runt of the TX litter got that scheme as well. That oh-so-70s padded sissy bar/king-queen seat wasn't typically found on the smaller displacement bikes, but a dude with a sweet shaggin' wagon like that probably just had to have a custom seat for his ladyfriends' comfort & pleasure.

        Did these vibrate as badly as the early 650s? I have a '76 XS500C, which is pretty smooth for a 70s parallel twin. A friend of mine had either a first year TX650 or an XS1, and it would put your hands to sleep faster than anything else I've ever been on.

        (hey, look at that, I'm all logged in 'n' stuff!)

  • "So I dumped the Harpie, filled up my Zippo and headed off to Chico in my Gaucho."

    "Did you take the viaduct?"

    "Why a duck?"

  • Joe Btfsplk

    "So a motorbike boy and a chick with a mustache steal a Gaucho van….. stop me if you've heard this….."

  • Fuhrman16

    Introducing the new 1977 GMC Caucho van! Because we here at GMC know that the modern man wants a ride that is tasteful and dignified, yet capable enough to haul grungy motorcycle parts to swap meets or crashing a Fog Hat concert.

  • El Martillo

    "So, what'll it be friend? Gas, grass, or ass?"

  • CK One

    …and then this fortune teller told me my wife would stab my daughter in law in the head with a meat fork! Can you dig that ?!?

  • JTC

    That awkward moment when you realize he's talking about the other helmet between his legs.

  • DoubleR

    You know Johnny, now that I sold the old Harley and have this Japanese bike you can stop following me in your van.

  • Lokki

    "Sorry 'bout your bike problems Little Bro, but Sally and I have plans for the van tonight".

  • Jeff

    Yeah like a picture she was laying there
    And moonlight dancing off her hair
    She woke up and took me by the hand
    We made love in my GMC van
    And that's alright with me.

  • Lokki

    I agree with Elvis that bike is positively a Yamaha… I'm thinking that it's not a 650 though as I owned a 78 650 and the cylinder head is different on the 650. My guess is that it's an XS500… Below is a pic of a 75. I'll go with the caption picture bike being a 74 based on Elvis comment on the pain scheme.

    • It's actually the earlier TX500 version. See my photo above.

    • dead_elvis

      While the '75 XS500 had the rounded tank (much more squared-off from 76-78), they were typically single colors, or at least without the contrasting scallops like this orange beauty has.

  • GMC: Gaucho Motorcycle Carrier.

    Suddenly life makes sense!!

  • P161911

    Well, we have the bikes now. What are we going to do with the bikers' bodies?

  • 7FIAT's Later

    Looks like the set for either a 70's cop show or a porno….

    • Devin

      It can be more than one thing!

  • jno

    You Gaucho a real problem Holmes. Yer old scooter ain't fittin in here what with my new one already fillin it up! Go on and sell that old eggbeater to this bike shop for the $100 they offered. And shut the back door on yer way by would ya?