Thursday, July 03, 2008

Very Cool

Putting the "Mo" in Motorheads.

Hot rods are these Iraqis passion.

Bilal Hussein gazed lovingly at his 1991 Mustang GT convertible. Sure, it already has a skull in a jester's hat stenciled on the hood, but if the sky were the limit, well. . . . He'd add monster tires, a new stereo "and a set of mufflers that shoot out flames." And his automotive holy grail? Hydraulics to make his car bounce like the ones he sees on TV.

"If only we had the materials here," Hussein, a 26-year-old ambulance driver, said wistfully.

Seif Eddin Abdel Nasser has more modest dreams for his 1993 red Ford Probe with yellow racing stripes and "Fright Night" stenciled on the rear window. "I just want to be able to drive it all over Baghdad," he said. For now, the 22-year-old, who works as a security guard for the Baghdad bureau of a Western television news station, feels safe driving only in the fairly quiet, upscale districts of Karada and Jadriya. "I never go near Palestine Street, Yarmouk, Beirut Square" or other dodgy districts, he said.

These are conflicted times for Baghdad's tightknit community of car-heads.

Times may be conflicted according to the LA Times, but Dinah's not, she likes this one.

And her friend, Charlotte, has an old Z car like this one.

Read it all, my friends.

P.S. You can check out one of Uday's rides here at Thunder 6