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Who Can Spot the Most Beat-Up Luxury Car?

It’s that time of week again: Time for the Friday Photo Contest, in which I give you a topic and you drive around your city, or town, or rural area, desperately searching, eager to submit something and win the ultimate prize — which is a mention in next week’s photo contest. Seriously, that’s the prize. Maybe I’ll make T-shirts or something soon.

Anyway, this week’s topic is … Who can spot the most beat-up luxury car? Have you seen a Bentley with a giant gash down the side? A Mercedes-Benz that has a family of frogs living in the glove box? Ideally, this car wouldn’t be abandoned, but rather driving down the road, looking like a beat-up shadow of its formerly glorious, luxurious self.

To win, you must follow merely two rules.

No. 1: Submit your photo to me at by the end of the day next Thursday, August 19.

No. 2: The picture must have been taken this week. Yes, I will accept an image you happened to take last week, or maybe even the week before. No, I will not accept a mailed picture from a film camera that you took in 1997 when you came across a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow that had been partially eaten by tapirs.

Although it isn’t a rule, it’s worth noting that I’ll be more partial to photos taken on the road, rather than at a car show or event. But if your submission really is the best, I won’t mind where you saw the car.

That’s it. Now you can get searching for the most beat-up luxury car!

Now, on to my favorite part of this: wrapping up last week’s contest. Last week’s topic was “Who can spot the most ridiculous pickup truck?” — and boy did you people deliver. One reader sent in a picture of a Cadillac Escalade EXT with pool floaties in the back, parked on a beach … in Greece. Someone else sent in a picture of a 1990s Lincoln Navigator with 30-inch wheels that was modified to look like a Transformer. Another reader sent in an image of a Mercedes G63 AMG 6×6 driving next to a Lamborghini Aventador — not in Monaco, or St. Tropez, or London. In Michigan.

But the winner was this absolutely absurd Hummer H2 SUT, which — according to reader Robby S., who sent it in — includes a Duramax diesel V8. The H2 never came with a Duramax V8. The H2 also never came with smokestacks, which this one has, or a giant lift, which this one has, or dually wheels in back, which this one has. I can only imagine all the work that went into this truck. It is truly ridiculous.

This week, there’s also a runner-up. A reader named Brian, located in California, sent in a few photos of his own personal Chevrolet S-10, which has a bed that’s completely covered in carefully grown grass. Brian did not provide an explanation as to why he’s growing grass in his pickup, but he did proudly announce, “I’ve been growing grass in the bed of my truck for a few years now, and this round has turned out the best by far.” Rock on, Brian. Rock on.



Doug Demuro
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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  1. I work in the service department of a Mercedes Dealership that happens to be close to Baltimore City. We have a ton of trashed s-classes waiting to be deemed abandoned as people can’t pay for the service and leave them.

  2. You should make it more obvious that a slideshow for the images is involved.  I kept clicking the links embedded in the text, and just getting to searches.  (then again it may be simply standard autotrader UI, that I am not used to, you are the reason I am here)

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