“It’s the most straightforward thing I’ve ever owned.”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Nick
- Car in Question: 2005 Toyota Corolla
- Spotted at: The Original Farmers Market, 6333 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90036
- Car’s Nickname: The Iconoclast
Q: What neighborhood do you live in and what’s the zip code?
A: Hollywood, Hancock Park area, 90038.
Q: How old are you?
Q: What are you doing in the Farmers Market today?
A: Shopping and eating.
Q: Good food around here?
A: Yeah, definitely. I basically call the Farmers Market my food court. When I’m indecisive, I can come here and get five different things from different types of food and just eat in the middle with a beer.
Q: What does Iconoclast eat?
A: Regular unleaded.
Q: What’s your favorite gas station?
A: Probably Valero? It’s the cheapest place that takes a credit card. It has everything my car should have.
Q: Why is your car called The Iconoclast?
A: Because it’s a Toyota Corolla, and I used to have a car called The Sexy Beast, which was nothing close to resembling a sexy beast. That got me in a lot of trouble over the years, so I figured I’d stay with something safer, and it’s kinda funny.
Q: How long have you owned this car?
A: Two years.
Q: How did you get it?
A: I bought it from a rental car dealership.
Q: Are you happy with it?
A: Yeah, I love it.
Q: How many miles do you think you’ve put on it?
A: Ten thousand miles?
Q: In two years? That’s not bad.
A: Yeah well, I used to use it to commute, but now I walk to work, so I only use it for pleasure.
Q: Where do you usually go with your car?
A: You know, vacations, places in Los Angeles, places two hours away. I go up to Santa Barbara a lot to local areas, taste some wine.
Q: What’s a recent favorite trip of yours?
A: Recently, we drove up to Santa Barbara and spent a weekend up there. We ate at a bunch of cool restaurants, tried some wine. We got to stay at a little B&B right near the water and hang out at the ocean. Even though it was winter, it was still absolutely beautiful.
Q: Where’s the farthest place you’ve ever driven in this car?
A: Not that far, actually. In the two years that I’ve had it, probably maybe up to the Central Coast or farther. Like Santa Ynez or northern Santa Barbara.
Q: Who did you go with?
A: My girlfriend.
Q: How long did it take for you to get there?
A: Three hours. Maybe 250 to 300 miles one way.
Q: Do you have any rules in your car?
A: No real rules! I’m barely in it. I guess probably no smoking, but I don’t know anyone who smokes, so I don’t have to worry about it.
Q: Have you ever been caught by someone rocking out at a red light?
A: Yes, but I think they might have been rocking out to, so there was more of like a “we’re doing this together” sort of thing.
Q: A mutual mosh at a red light.
A: Yeah, exactly.
Q: Great, and if your car had a theme song, what would it be?
A: Probably “Born To Be Wild” from Easy Rider.
Q: And if your car had a human emotion, what would it be?
A: It would be content. It’s just so simple. I don’t have anything mechanical in it. It’s all manual locks, manual windows. Nothing in it can break, and it gets to where it needs to go.
Q: What about it would you brag to your friends?
A: The fact that I fill up every month and a half and mock my friends who have to fill up once a week.
Q: What’s your gas mileage?
A: About 30 miles a gallon.
Q: What do you think your next car will realistically be?
A: I’m probably going to drive this one into the ground. My next car will probably be something super simple. I mean, I do get slightly jealous of people when I drive by a really nice Mercedes or something that looks fancy.
Q: Do you have a dream car?
A: Probably an old Mustang. I just love the classic lines of it.
Q: With a racing stripe?
A: Probably no racing stripe. Just a nice old color, like a baby blue, super metallic with nice chrome on it to give it detail and style.
Q: If your car slept with a stuffed animal at night, what would it be?
A: It would probably be a squirrel. It’s like something you barely notice when it goes by. You know they’re always around, but you don’t really pay attention to them.
Q: A squirrel tucked right behind the wheel.
Photos and interview by Michael Shen, blogger of lacantdrive.com
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