Brothers and sisters, let me lay this on you. Since the passing of the VW van, the only vehicle worth their weight in “Flower Power” is a hybrid. And that poses a problem; how can you party in a hybrid? Suits, Greasers and “The Man” have no love for hybrids. If they see your long, flowing hair (or undulating dreadlocks) fluttering out the window as you pass – they will hassle you.
What a drag.
So, rather than make it easy for the Pigs to harsh your high while you practice Yoga in the back seat of your Prius; maybe another ride is in order.
Here’s a tip for those who want to trip while using their car like the amazing VW Van of our past. Imagine a vehicle that has removable, folding seats and enough room for you and your old lady/man to catch some ZZZs. Imagine a ride that has full rubber floors that makes cleanup of spilled bong-water a snap. Indeed, there is a set of wheels good enough for a mini love-in and used ones are easy pickings. It even won the Dogcars.com's “Dog Car of the Year” award this year – which is sweet ‘cause dogs are people too.
I know, I know… it only (legally) has room for 4. But look at all of its abilities: it’s kind-a fuel efficient, very easy to enter and comes standard with (very) tinted windows. Easy to drive with a severe hangover (it’s smooth and easy to drive). Take it to a camp site or commune and marvel at how much crap it can carry. With its peppy 166 horsepower, 161 lbs feet of torque 2.4 liter, 4-cylinder engine hooked up to a 5-speed automatic transmission, performance is zippy.
It’s like sitting in a UPS truck with good front and side visibility. All 4 people have lots of space and the water resistant seats are comfy straight up or fully reclined. Need to calm a brother down from a bad trip? Even in nasty weather you can fire up some sweet tunes and motor through just about anything. The Element has optional Real Time™ 4WD which works automatically (no hassle brother) and gives great foul weather traction.
I only got 19 mpg combined – but then again, I drive like “The Man.”
It’s a bummer dude that Honda no longer offers the slick 5-speed manual, but that requires too many brain cells to work as it is. Even though the maximum cargo weight (the maximum amount of hackie-sacks, Birkenstocks, Lucky Charms, hemp products and “goodies” it can hold with passengers) of the Element is under 700 lbs. I can attest to the Element easily handling about 800 lbs – no sweat. It can tow up to 1,500 lbs which is perfect for a tiny tent trailer – great for squatters. Check out the sweet, small Kamparoo trailer – perfect for the little Honda Element.
The clamshell doors open so wide that you can load a 5-piece drum set through the side – no sweat. In fact, fold the rear seats to the side and the low floored Element can hold three good sized amplifiers, a full 5 piece drum set, two electric guitars and a base guitar. You’ll be trucking to your next gig easily with the amount of stuff this thing holds. Brother and sisters – it even has an optional removable cooler!
Want to listen to some Strawberry Alarm Clock, Lemon Pipers or Moby Grape? Check out the standard (in the SC) 270-Watt AM/FM/CD audio system with 7 Speakers including subwoofer MP3/Windows Media®. It also has audio (WMA) playback capability and MP3/auxiliary input Jack XM® radio. It even has an option for navigation!
So, check out the Honda Element which costs about 20 to 26 grand (give or take)… or get a used one and show the world you don’t conform by painting it with love logos (like thousands of others have done in the past). It’s a smooth riding, pleasure inducing machine that is just at home at Haight/Ashbury as it is hidden in the back-woods among federally banned plants.
I would most likely never advocate the lifestyle mentioned here – you dig? But, if you going to live like that anyway – check out the Honda Element. It looks just funky enough to be unique – I think it’s what Jerry would have driven.
If you have a better “Stoner Car of the Year” in mind – add it below.
Keep on trucking brothers and sisters!
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