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Stick It: Bumper Stickers, the Tackiest Trend

Posted March 13, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl

I always believed that the ultimate expression of yourself on the roads of our great nation was embodied by the kind of car/truck/vehicle you drove. Building up a Mercury Montego with an overdrive trans, four-wheel disc brakes and a carbon-fiber front-bumper means that I wished to be individual at any cost. (My ’64 Dodge Dart convertible–sunny, fun, inviting opinion from all observers–is a bit of a ruse in this regard, and as a crusty, recalcitrant navel-gazer I decided it wasn’t me after all. The Nissan S-Cargo that replaced it was a far better fit, both metaphorically and physically.) Is it possible to drive a VW Microbus without some sort of Grateful Dead, anti-war or hippie-tinged sticker or slogan plastered on it somewhere? (Maybe, now that these are $100,000 vans when restored right.) Drive an SRT-badged Mopar, and your intentions are pretty clear. Drive a ’98 Pontiac Grand Am with mismatched body panels, and likely you can’t afford anything else, or don’t care enough about cars to drive anything more interesting.

Apparently, I am in the minority in this opinion, because since time immemorial people have chosen to spell it out for me–in the form of signs and stickers plastered all over their car’s hinders.

To stick or not to stick, that is the question in front of Hemmings readers today.

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03/13/2018 3:12 PM

Political bumper stickers are the worst. The last time I had one was 1964. I'm sure the car disintegrated long ago, but I bet the bumper sticker is still strongly stuck to what's left.

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03/14/2018 7:25 AM

Bumper stickers were essential to hold the rusty bumper on to my Hudson.

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03/13/2018 3:37 PM

Bumper Stickers = Vehicle version of body tatoo's, with owner 'fishing' for "look-at-me" attention.

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03/14/2018 12:11 AM

My favorite sticker:

" Excuse me, but you've mistaken me for someone who gives a Damm ".

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03/14/2018 10:12 AM

"I always believed that the ultimate expression of yourself on the roads..."?

Well then... This might require Disclaimer Stickers: "This Vehicle Is Not A Fashion/Status Statement"

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03/17/2018 12:30 PM

I don't see why people want/need to draw attention to themselves with bumper stickers. Remember when you stopped at a road side establishment, like a restaurant or attraction and when you came out, discovered a bumper sticker firmly attached to your bumper! They were almost impossible to remove. I've heard of car owners who have had their car damaged when they displayed a political sticker.

The only display I do is the Guinness tee shirt I wear and of course the American flag. Happy Saint Patrick's day.

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03/17/2018 10:33 PM

I've been through towns in both south and North Mississippi and other places in Dixie where almost every car had a stars and bars. And the ones that didn't said they were fixin to get one. They said that they didn't want folks to get riled up.

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03/23/2018 3:51 PM

The only automotive decal (bumper or fender) that seemed appropriate to me was a proportional but 4 ft long band-aid that said "OUCH" over a crumpled rear quarter panel. Naturally, after the body work repair this decal was gone.

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