I’ve been rather absent from Oppo for about the past month or so, with school work and holiday travel temporarily consuming my life. However, the new year has finally turned over and so everything can start all over again. Expect to see my regular posts beginning next week, hopefully.


In the meantime, this post is meant to be a compilation of all the interesting (and not so interesting) vehicles I’ve seen over our Thanksgiving trip to Arizona and Christmas trip to San Diego. Finally equipped with a smartphone and therefore now able to take decent pictures, I present to you pictures of cars seen in the wild. (P.S. Some (ok, most) of the photos are of rather awful quality, may you be fairly warned...)


Here we have a lineup of CUVs/SUVs in the middle of Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. Two are body on frame, three are unibody. Two are American (mostly), two are Japanese, and one is American with Italian roots. Definitely not a scene you would have witnessed thirty years ago.

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Again, nothing quite epitomizes the global economy of today as well as seeing a Swedish crossover from a Chinese owned brand in the heart of a uniquely American landscape...

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Now here’s something a bit more patriotic, a GMC hauling an Airstream along the highway.

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Of course no trip to Arizona would be complete without a visit to the classic Wigwam Motel on Route 66 which showcases collection of decaying classics from the 50’s and 60’s...


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Here we see the ferocious Volvo S80 stalking its prey in the wild as it attempts to sneak up on a hapless Yaris...


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It’s interesting how with mid-cycle refreshes it’s sometimes difficult to tell what changes have been made...for reference, the new one is on the left, the old on the right...changing the location of the reverse lamps was apparently an important action on their agenda...


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In the few weeks that we were home I managed to snap a picture of my V50 enjoying a rare Californian rain shower...


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On our Christmas trip we first set off down the Monterey coast and spent the night at Asilomar where their fleet of state parks vans manages to be rather politically correct across all three American automakers...


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This fleet of Toyotas that the San Diego Lifeguard Department uses is replicated in a rather small scale by Matchbox on their latest Tacoma casting... (picture courtesy of RiveraNotario’s Flickr page)

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British Columbia to San Diego is quite a drive in any car, nevertheless doing it in a VAG product... (just kidding)

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Refreshing to see someone using a V60 as a family hauler instead of something stupid and useless like a Traverse or the like...

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Mid-cycle refresh comparison again, and the reverse lights were moved again...must be some sort of newfangled trend that I’m not understanding...

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I ride in my chauffeured Rolls to the Buddhist Temple because being humble is for peasants, godammit!

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Myself I would have preferred to roll up in this mid-60’s Chrysler Imperial driven by an elderly Asian couple (IIRC)...it seems that it would probably be the first car they ever bought in America, meticulously maintained as a status symbol ever since based on what I’ve seen with other immigrant families... really makes you reconsider that American ideal of replacing cars every two or three years...

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Now for some more international fare; this was a Nissan Frontier NP300 (which is why I was looking on the Nissan Mexico site earlier...) that was seen headed northbound out of San Diego towards LA, likely visiting family or sightseeing, as this is too nice to be a work truck.


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We were climbing around Vasquez Rocks when from up high I spotted these two yellow beauties: a 911 and a Dino. Unfortunately this is the picture quality from the iPhone camera on zoom, since there’s not enough glass to properly magnify the view...


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Spotted this lovely Ranchero piloted by a middle aged to elderly lady as we left Kettleman City. Reminds me of the story that utes came about in Australia after some elderly ladies decided they wanted both a utilitarian pick up for the farm as well as a comfortable sedan for Sunday church, and thus the ute was born.


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Exciting is not a word I’d use to describe either of the two nouns on that billboard...


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By the time we returned, this was the state of the Odyssey’s flanks from two weeks of highway travel through rain and dust.


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Also when we returned my dad’s V70 had decided it was a bit thirsty so we filled up both its engine and my V50’s with about half a quart of the recommended 5W-30.


That’s all that I have from this most recent trip, I apologize for the large amount of pictures this ended up being. There were still two that got away that I regret missing, though; one was a vibrant blue Suzuki Swift scurrying between San Diego and LA just ahead of the NP300, and one was a Vehicross parked in downtown Campbell just five a minutes away from home. Anyways, hope you enjoyed this compilation, and feel free to share any thoughts/comments of your own below!