Bored On a Long Road Trip? Bad Car Bingo!

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
bored on a long road trip bad car bingo

I’ve played many a game of Buzzword Bingo with equally bored coworkers while stuck in 19-hour PowerPoint presentations, back when I slaved as a tech writer in the software biz. Why not apply this concept to a bingo game for car freaks trapped in a boring rental car on a road trip across one of those states that’s nothing but cornfields? Yes, Bad Car* Bingo; you’ve got your card, you look for the cars on your card, and you cross them off when you see them. I tell you what, if the 24 Hours of LeMons crew had some of these cards for those four-hour drives from the airport to the racetrack in a (shudder) Galant or (consider walking as a real option) Nitro, the time would pass a lot quicker. Imagine the thrill of finally spotting that elusive Caddy That Zigs and shouting “BINGO!” to the dismay of your competitors. I’m going to make some more of these cards for my trip to Texas next month.

*My definition of bad, in this case, could be a perfectly good car that failed in the marketplace, or a car that has a negative popular perception… or just a terrible car, period. Feel free to make your own suggestions for further BCB cards.

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  • PartsUnknown PartsUnknown on Jan 18, 2012

    Murilee, you have my jorts in a twist over the "Any Turbo Saab" entry. And here I thought we were automative soulmates. Tell you what, point that heap Impala Hell thing to Boston and I'll race you in my 9-5 Aero. And anyway, any turbo Saab, but only one Daewoo? Good gravy.

  • Brettc Brettc on Jan 18, 2012

    Chevy Celebrity (or any badge engineered A-body. Extra points if it's powered by the Iron Duke) VW Phaeton (for its floppiness) VW Touareg V10 TDI Any old 2 door car that no longer exists (2 door Camry, Jetta) Ford Explorer Sport-Trac There are many others, but those are some rarities, POSs and flops I could come up with. Also, can we just write "Flying Vagina" on our cards? Tribeca can't possibly be the real name of that thing.

  • EricD14 EricD14 on Jan 18, 2012

    Sterling 825/827.

  • Kitch0 Kitch0 on Jan 18, 2012

    The sixth-generation galant vr-4 (87-92) are decent cars. Predecessor to the lancer evolution.