Sunday, January 31, 2010

My cup runneth over

When it rains, it pours, y'all.

Out on assignment yesterday I snapped some pix of an amazing Range Rover. And my plan was to post that this morning for a Sunday morning feast or Orange.

But then I remembered these pix of an Orange Hummer my brother Rodney-la sent me from Sedona, Ariz.

Hope this robust dose of vitamin Orange gets your day going.


Friday, January 29, 2010

Keep on Truckin'

A sweet Orange tractor-trailer spotted by a friend on I-95 near Yulee, Fla. An excellent reminder to keep on trucking.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ridiculous cool

This Orange semi, complete with double-wide sleeper, is ridiculously awesome. Larry from up in Yulee spotted it on Jacksonville's Westside and sent it to on Tuesday.

What I like about it, in addition to it having the proper shade of Orange, is the black. It reminds me of the black jerseys and Orange pants the Vols wore on Oct. 31 (you can see a pic of those jerseys here here here).

I don't think I've ever seen a cooler truck. I intended to save it for a special occasion, but just couldn't wait to get it up on the BOVB. Enjoy.


Monday, January 25, 2010

O Trailer

This is am experimental post using an iPhone app. Figured I'd use this Orange trailer I spotted Saturday on I-10 just west of Jax. Note that the truck is white!


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Monday, January 18, 2010

All abord the O-Train!

I guess it's about that time.

Time to get on board with Tennessee's pick for football head coach, Derek Dooley.

For real, it's gotta be rough being Dooley right now. Think about how much he has to prove, coming in as a relative nobody following the high-profile departure of Lane Kiffin. is reporting that Dooley's already getting the third degree from media and fans curious know know if he's gonna sick around more than one season (thank goodness he said "yes").

The good news he's young, has a successful college coach as a dad (Vince Dooley) and has worked under Alabama Coach Nick Saban at LSU and at the Miami Dolphins (Click here to read David Climer's column in The Tennessean).

So it's time we all hopped on the Orange Train by getting excited about our new coach by checking out this sweet Orange locomotive provided by Larry waaaay up in Yulee, Fla. Not sure where he spotted it, but he sent it specifically "for the new coach."

Choo choo, baby.


Friday, January 15, 2010

Underwhelming Pride

One of the supervisors at work came up to me today and asked if I had heard that Tennessee hired Dooley as its next football coach. "Who?" I said. He told me, and then I said, "who?"

Sure enough, the new Vols head football coach is Derek Dooley (how they lured him away from Louisiana Tech I'll never know, snort).

I ask you, could there have been news less inspiring, more underwhelming than this?

But OK, we gotta give the guy a chance. So with that, good luck, Coach Dooley.

Now this Orange and white dump truck will lift many a spirit in the Orange Nation. It was provided by UT grad Logan Lark.

"I think this is a machine brought in from far away to help with the replacement of our town's boardwalk," he wrote to BOVB. " I live near Ocean City, Maryland. Anyway, since it's a garbage truck, you could maybe say you brought it in to clean up after the BOVB birthday party."

He's referring to the blog's one-year anniversary, which was Jan. 14.

Thanks, Logan. Great pix.


Thursday, January 14, 2010


The Big Orange Vehicle Blog celebrates its one-year anniversary today.

The idea for the blog followed several weeks of posting OVs on Facebook, and getting positive responses to them. The light bulb for a blog came when I saw a sweet Orange Lamborghini in San Marco. (Click here to read the first post).

Well, I've been saving the best for this day. That awesome truck was spotted by BOVB reader James Rink in Coffee County, Tenn. The convertible Caddy was provided another Tennessean, Jennifer McMahan McCampbell. (Oh, word is that the words "Powered by Woop-Ass" are painted on its hood.) She's the aunt of my co-worker Elizabeth Middlebrooks. Jennifer provided the cake for today's celebration, too.

Thanks to all of you for helping make this a great day. I can't think of any better OVs to share on this auspicious day!


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Lane's gaping mug

Some enterprising UT students-turned-news hounds hit the streets with a video camera shortly after it was announced Lane Kiffin is leaving Tennessee after just 14 months on the job. Both THIS VIDEO and THIS VIDEO show students were somewhat pissed off but mostly enjoying the break from the routine of studying. (Visit GoVolsXtra to see a list of additional videos).

Say what you will about Kiffin, once again he has all the sports talk and television shows talking about Tennessee. I guess we shouldn't be surprised he's done this given his lightening-rod reputation.

My favorite headline from this fiasco so far is this one from GoVolsXtra: "Lane Kiffin's announcement surprised even those who'd seen it all."

I have one question for Lane -- when you go to LA, can you please leave Layla Kiffin behind in Knoxville? She by far turned out to be the best thing about the past 14 months of the Kiffin administration at Tennessee.

Finally, I'd like tothank the makers of the Thermo Toilet for this image. Thought it's made to keep your butt warm, it clearly doubles as a mug shot for CLK. (I see a definite resemblance). Maybe UT could use it in place of Lane's pic in future press releases.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Flush it baby!

I know everyone's real mad about Lane Kiffin bolting for USC after just one season at UT. But let's give old CLK his due: he revived pride in the football program and sure as heck pissed off Gator Nation while he was here.

That said, here are some OVs I got off the Web (all except the Orange men's restroom door, which I photographed at Neyland Stadium last September) that I think we can all agree remind us of the Young Ballcoach. They are, after all, the kinds of places one would expect to find someone like Kiffin, his dad and fellow coaches.

Adios, Kiffy. Enjoy the ride.


Monday, January 11, 2010

No small thing

The BOVB doesn't concern itself too much with basketball news, just as it doesn't focus all that often on tennis or lacrosse and such. But maybe it should (at least between football seasons).

And if there were ever an occasion to expand beyond the gridiron it's to congratulate the basketball Vols for defeating No. 1 Kansas on Sunday. WTG, guys. That's no small accomplishment.

But sometimes there are small things worth celebrating: like this vintage Orange mini in Boca Raton on Christmas day. It was submitted by Jenna Lehtola, who I used to work with in Stuart.

Thanks Jenna -- this is one of the blog's best pix yet.


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Mark your calendars

The nation's government and commerce centers will close. Airports will be shut down. Restaurants will have no diners. Yet houses of worship, the beaches and national parks will be full.

All of this will occur on Jan. 14, the one-year anniversary of the Big Orange Vehicle Blog. So mark your calendars, shop ahead and plan your parties.

In the meantime, enjoy these two decidedly different OVs from decidedly different parts of the country. The sportster up top comes from my bud Logan Lark from Tennessee undergrad days. He spotted it up around the Delaware Shore. The pickup comes from James Rink, a faithful BOVB reader who's opening up the photo pipeline from Coffee County, Tenn.

Thanks to both for the great pix!


Friday, January 8, 2010

SEC rules!

Wow, WTG Bama! Great game, albeit against a clearly overmatched opponent.

It's time to declare that the SEC championship game IS the national championship game, which makes the regular SEC season the playoff system everyone wants.

Here's some Orange to celebrate. The Orange SUV up top was sent via Facebook by TU copy editor Rachel Ann Elsea. The Charger was provided by Times-Union photographer Bruce Lipsky. Thanks to both for making the world a little Oranger!


Monday, January 4, 2010

Looking back

OK, so what if UT lost the Whatever Bowl? No biggie. We still have the best coach and the best unis and the coolest helmets and colors. It was a fun off season and a fun season. So here's to a fun 2009 and hopefully an even better 2010!

To celebrate, feast your eyes on these OVs my brother Rod saw in Paris (France, not Tennessee or Texas). Sweet, ain't they?? France can't be all bad if they've got Orange Mercedes trucks and stuff like these.


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year from the BOVB

Congrats to my "Nephew Andrew," as he likes to call himself, for submitting the pic that is the first for 2010! I figured it was a good one now that football is over and stuff. The photo was taken in Knoxville. Enjoy. And happy New Year, everyone.