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Classic Captions – Gurgel G-15L Edition

Even though we just featured a Brazilian car three weeks ago, we’re going back to South America in honor of the Summer Olympics currently underway in Rio. This week’s Classic Captions Contest features one of Brazil’s most iconic — or perhaps just most original — homegrown vehicle designs. The Gurgel (“goor-JHEL”) G-15L was a forward control pickup based on Volkswagen running gear, but with a monocoque body of plastic and steel composite construction (called, unremarkably, “Plasteel”) that afforded a very utilitarian 1-ton load rating and 37 gallon fuel capacity.

The photo above illustrates the rugged usefulness of the G-15L, while also appealing to the Brazilian cultural affection for the iconic, self-reliant frontier gaucho. What is the Gurgel driver pointing out to his equine-mounted compatriot, and why? You tell us. Click through to leave your snappiest witticism in the comments.

57-dodge-royal-lancerLast week’s Air-Force-themed photo from Dodge was a popular one, and resulted in lots of great comments. Two commenters’ explanations for the airman’s animated gestures tied for top honors.  offered, “So I was driving on the coast, and the next thing I know one of those Navy fly boys is trying to land on the hood of my Dodge! I know the hood is big, but it ain’t a carrier deck!” The other was , with “I came around her like this and gave her a little maneuver I like to call the ‘royal lancet.’ Too bad she dodged me.”

Nicely done to both of you, gentlemen.

  • Lokki

    Thanks for stopping to help! The dealership is way over there, but if can get her started, I reckon she’ll make it, this time.

  • The Real Number_Six

    “…and we’ll put the velodrome right over there”, said João to an incredulous audience of one gaucho, 35 years too soon.

  • They knew the land, but not their own hearts.

    • Wayne Moyer

      The way to a horses heart is through his stomach.

  • Alff

    “Thank goodness this bridge is here. It’s a Gurgel, not a Ford”.

    • The Real Number_Six

      We’ll brook no puns on this site.

      • Alff

        If you don’t like it you can just ignore this comment stream.

        • nanoop

          And ignore its gorgeousness?

        • The Real Number_Six

          Fair enough; it is a race to the bottom anyway…

        • Alcology

          It’ll just trickle out in time.

          • nanoop

            Are you crossed now?

            • Wayne Moyer

              Probably not but it’s all just water under the bridge.

  • Wayne Moyer

    The US Air Force guys usually come over the valley that way really fast. So you will want to duck under this bridge in about five minutes. It’s kind of annoying.

  • Jofes2

    “You start over there while I’m here, and then we’ll see who gets across first.”

  • Prince Halibrand

    Okay, you can borrow my truck. But be sure to park it at the top of that hill before you kill the engine.

  • JayP

    There’s a Ted Kennedy joke in there that I’m afraid to post.

    • Alcology

      Don’t want to drown in the upvotes?

      • JayP

        I’d just wreck it.

  • GTXcellent

    And that’s where I saw the leprechaun. He told me to burn things.

  • “Yes, I’m afraid the nearest decent pickup truck is thirty miles thataway.”

  • engineerd

    Listen daaaaaa-aaaad, I saw mom grazing in the meadow over there.

  • I_Borgward

    Rio? That’s over there. But you can’t get there from here.

  • Monkey10is

    “Can you hear a strange gurgle noise?”
    “I blame the horse…”

  • “Thousands of cattle, as far as the eye can see,” thus confirming the popularity of the G-15L among the severely myopic.

  • Batshitbox

    “…for two hundred Real, from a little green fella with large black eyes and a dome of a head. He’s just over th… well, I’ll be dinged. Anyway, you think this is weird, you shoulda seen the transporter he delivered it in!”

  • Wayne Moyer

    The Gurgel could be seen parked most often next to the Spit and the Swallow.

    • Alff

      Given the choice, I’ll have the Swallow.

  • Wayne Moyer

    “See that tree Bob”
    “This here truck took down the entire rain forest except for that last one. I left it up as a reminder for the other ones never to grow again!”

  • engineerd

    I should read the entire thing. I just realized I tied for a win for the coveted Classic Captions Comic Cup, and with P161911 nonetheless…who regularly causes me to giggle. Congrats P161911, and thank you Tanshanomi!

  • outback_ute

    Lucky this thing is streamlined, its only taken me 5 hours to drive from over there!

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