The group that is effectively the bedrock of modern North Carolinian society and culture, Triangle Rad, reached out to me about using my Pao in some sort of modeling/fashion shoot that was looking for 80s and 90s cars. In return, I should get a hi-res shot of my little car looking all swanky! Seemed reasonable to me, and I knew I could use some photos for this post you’re reading right now, so seemed like a win/win. And it happened, this past weekend! Look at that shiny little Pao, modeling up a storm!
I had no idea what to expect; part of me wondered if this would end up like a lowrider magazine cover, and I’d never be able to show my mom, or have to spend the whole next day washing oiled buttock-prints off the windshield? No judgements! But, it turned out not to be like that at all, lots of tasteful 80s and 90s getups, posed with grace. And my car.
I’m also impressed the really tall model was able to sit comfortably in the Pao, since I make very minimal height-demands on the car, so it’s nice to see it pushed a bit.
There were other great cars that showed up: a Suzuki Cappucino, a Plymouth Laser, and a brace of DeLoreans!
I feel like I’ve seen funny old vintage cars in catalogs from like Anthropologie or whatever, so maybe this could be a lucrative side gig for the Pao? Send it out to let people in expensive sweaters lounge all over it, languidly?
Oh, and here’s something fun, and a reminder to be free with your car knowledge, because sometimes it can bring people joy. The owner of the Plymouth Laser wasn’t aware of the car’s hidden headlight secret: that you can get the headlights to shine through those little otherwise unused lenses if you pull the stalk for the flash-to-pass headlight maneuver. I showed him, and, of course, there was genuine delight:
The poor guy was wondering why those huge, useless lenses were there! Now he knows, and his quality of life is dramatically improved.
We can all make such a difference. Or annoy the shit out of people with nonstop car-talk. It can go either way.