There’s not much I don’t like about this picture: I’m a big fan of the rear-engined Skoda 100L, like this 1970 model shown here, and I think the driver has a great look going on with the pixie haircut and the oversized sunglasses, and I’m sure those two dudes are stand-up fellas. I’m also fond of car brochure pics that take place, inexplicably, in fields. So what am I kvetching about here? The gaze. Where is that driver looking? What is she driving at?
Let’s follow the driver’s gaze here:
What’s going on? Are they tailing a squirrel or field mouse or vole? Trying to smush a cockroach the safe, clean, gas-burning way? Is she a notary public who made a decision to shun a conventional stamp and instead ordered special tires with her notary stamp carved into the tire sipes, and is currently directing her car to a stack of documents in the field that need notarizing?
Vince Vaughn laughs with Anna Paquin in the front of the Skoda, amused at their misadventure. In the back seat, Christian Bale adjusts his sunglasses and sideburns, continuing to scowl. They would not be filming on time today.
Checking her teeth in the wing view mirror while front seat guy is smirking because he told her there’s a short and curly there. Dude in back is exasperated.
From the top of that hill, she has driven her Skoda up on, she can actually see a little of what’s going on on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Hence the happy hopefull look on her face
(The passenger seat guy looking directly at the camera is also strange. And The Jackal – or is it James Franco – in the back seat just gives me the hibie-jeebies)
If she’s anything like me, she’s staring blankly into the emptiness and pointlessness of the universe because nothing matters and the cultural obligation to smile for the camera is a painful affront to honesty.
(Eat Arby’s, I guess.)
This is the best comment I have seen on Autopian since the new change of format.
Classic lsd trip. The girl is tripping balls cause the grass is talking to her, dude up front is smiling pretending he sees it too. He doesn’t see it he’s on his own journey. Back seat guy has the tilted head confused dog thing going on wondering why the spaceship landed in talking grass.
Tired of being ribbed by the guys for being too far from the curb,
Šárka is just Czeching her parallel parking.
This is the grim prequel to Caddyshack, she is the ruthless monster that is aiming to kill the Gopher’s family and thus start his vendetta against all Drivers (and putters).
Looks like the engine is partially over the rear wheels, is that mid engine or Rear Engine?
Dude in the back lost his denture (implants were rare in the 70s) when he sneezed out the window. The other two were delighted to find it for him.
Looks like someone’s having a happy journey.
While on a bender the night before Elvis lost his favorite belt buckle in this field and this kind lady is helping find it.
That’s Shirley Partridge leaning out the window to direct Keith on where to park the band bus prior to the kickoff of Woodstockski.
The Czechs conducted little-known experiments in cellular technology, and this field test resulted in the first lost cell phone. She’s found it.
What seems to be the problem Mr. Pohraniční Stráž? My friends and I are just driving out to have a picnic in this remote area where the border between the Eastern Bloc and the West is lightly guarded. Such a beautiful day…Would you like to join us? I think the spot is just behind those trees past the fence at the bottom of the hill….
It looks like she’s doing that head thing that Han does when Greedo tries to kill him in the “updated” version of A New Hope
the wing mirror. the oddly-angled wing mirror giving her a detailed look at the driver’s side air intake.
She’s on her way to the border to drop off the “Two Wild and Crazy Guys” on the first leg of their journey to New York.
Clearly a 3 sum is going down and this chick is making sure her front tire does not go in a rut. The boyfriend in the back doesn’t look to happy about the whole thing.
Death Race 1970.
Looks like she is about to run her ex over, so she can spend “quality” time with her new men.
This looks like it should have been a promo photo for like a late 90s to early 2000s band.. like the Cranberries or Chumbawumba.
The Atomové Myslivecké Sdružení Hraboše is still a big deal in some places. Not everywhere has cable TV yet.
Skoda didn’t quite have the GPS perfected in 1970
No idea who the girl is, but I would recognize Johnny Mathis and Clint Eastwood anywhere.