Posted by: Rob | January 28, 2009

Getting the most from “Fahrfegneugen”

Combing through the hard drive again last night, I came up with another old gem.  I’ve been known to load a vehicle down now and then (in the interest of efficiency, of course) but never like this:

Son, I think your car is dragging a bit.

Son, I think your car is dragging a bit.

 According to the write up accompanying the photo:

This picture is real – not doctored in anyway – and was taken in the last few weeks in Waldorf, Maryland, by a transportation supervisor for a company that delivers building materials for 84 Lumber.

When he saw the Volkswagen Jetta with Florida plates in the parking lot of IHOP, he went and bought a camera to take pictures. The car is still running as you can see by the exhaust. A woman is either asleep or otherwise out in the front seat passenger side. The guy driving the car was over jogging up and down on Rt. 925 in the background.

Witnesses said the car’s occupants physical state was OTHER than normal and the police just shook their heads in amazement. The driver finally came back after the police arrived and decided to cut the twine around the load. The police told him to get back until it was taken off. The materials were loaded at a nearby Home Depot (7.4 miles from the IHOP). The HD store manager said they had the customer sign a waiver! (No kidding!)

The load consists of 2 X 4s, 4 X 4s, and OSB sheets. In the back seat are 10 80-pound bags of concrete. The load is estimated at over 3,000 pounds. Both back tires are trashed. The back shocks were driven up through the floorboard. The car is a VW Jetta with FL plates and the guy said he was headed for Annapolis.

The full write up is preserved, including more photos, at



  1. remember that story… and was delighted to learn that these folks were not somehow related to me…

  2. I think they then used this story in a commercial. For Volkswagen if I remember correctly. Also had vignettes of a woman climbing into an SUV with a step ladder, and other scenes.

  3. Waldorf is about 20 minutes from me.

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