Pro athletes and fast cars: they go together like stripper poles and $100 bills, like dogfighting and mandatory three-year prison terms, like DHEA and HGH.

From what we can tell, the NFL has the worst car bug of all. Case in point: the very classy whips of the Washington Redskins. The Reagan-era champions of pro football put on an annual show of the players' personal rides. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in sheetmetal and aftermarket wheels were on display--with only a handful of BMWs and Bentleys in the mix, even.

Some of the rides that turned up were tasteful and keen. Many were not. Someone took pictures. And we know it's not polite to stare, but we had to.  Surely we as a society, should know more about people who airbrush the King of Pop on their Chevy Astro, right?

VW Vortex put together a huge collection of pics from the "Redskins Rides" day held last weekend. We're happy to gank a couple images from them so long as you pay them a visit at the link below.

[VWVortex forums]


Above: a Freightliner truck modified in the inimitable style of the "Hardcore Choppers." Dig the new badge on the nose--is that the truck they drive Mom to Safeway in? Mom must be hardcore, too.

Washington Redskins Stay Classy

Washington Redskins Stay Classy


Heal the world: This big GM van pays a reverent tribute to Michael Jackson through the ancient art of airbrushing. It's not too early, right? Somewhere, a T-shirt shop in Myrtle Beach is losing revenue since their auteur moved on to bigger canvases.

Washington Redskins Stay Classy

Washington Redskins Stay Classy


Sesame Streets--of fire! This donk has the 24-inch wheels for Land Rover-style ground clearance, and the electric-blue paint that places it squarely post-Jim Henson era, pre-Smurfs. It also pays homage to our favorite nomster Cookie Monster with a touching and spill-proof display of vinyl camaraderie.

Washington Redskins Stay Classy

Washington Redskins Stay Classy