here are some pics that have accumulated and need immediate posting. The top is a bike I spotted in Atlantic Beach. The sailboat and tractor were submitted by Dave B., the BOVB's Indiana correspondent.
Sorry for the delay in postings, folks, but the BOVB staff has been on a combination of vacation and furloughs as we try to reinvent the blog reading experience. Our editors have been fanning out across the nation attending cutting-edge seminars designed to make your visit to the BOVB a more meaningful and exciting one.
That said, we know many of our contributors have been a bit flustered lately with the lack of posts. Rest easy, we have all your pix and will start posting them more regularly as the most important season of the year -- college football -- nears.
This'n here was submitted July 12 via Facebook by Anna Adams, who spotted it (I believe) in California, or at least somewhere out there on the Left Coast. "This Orange baby is perfect for sharing a nice top-down summer ride with that 'special someone,'" she said. "Or, a balls to the wall night time swamp bogging expedition."
Man, you gotta love these old-timey pre-SUV SUVs. BOVB's roving correspondent Clay Logan spotted it parked in the front yard of a Jacksonville mobile home recently. Kudos to Clay for seeing it, snapping a pic and sending it in to the BOVB! (WTG, dude!)
BTW, Clay is our youngest correspondent to date, which a) makes him really cool and b) should send a message to parents everywhere that their kids should be contributing to an awesome cause like the BOVB.
So I was gonna do laundry then realized I needed to post this awesome Orange tractor instead.
I stole the photo from the BOVB's new Indianapolis Correspondent, Dave, who posted it on Facebook. Here's what he reported about the vehicle:
"I got this in 1996, it is a 1954 Allis Chalmers WD45 wide front end, power take off, pulley, and 'snap-coupler' (a forerunner to the more popular 3-point hitch.) This was a POWERFUL tractor for it's size and made easy work plowing three rows back when two rows at a time was standard. 45 HP four cylinder straight gas engine was standard but you could get it in diesel or liquid propane. It had an adjustable draw bar that would raise or lower depending on the load that it was encountering. I got this from the original owner to use clearing and leveling our property before we built our house here in Zionsville. I used it to cut grass, haul rocks, clear snow, grade our driveway, plow a garden, and pull a float in a parade. "
Sweet. And on top of all that, it's Orange. Dave may be sending more pix along. When he does, I'll post them.
Those of you fortunate enough to have been following the BOVB for the past couple of years (the blog'll turn 3 in January 2012) may remember this oldie-but-goodie OV: a 1950something Chevy. Clearly Orange. It's been posted here before (not sure of the date) but since most of the BOVB staff is on vacation for the summer, and since I found this baby sitting outside my YMCA on Sunday, figured I'd snap a pic and re-run it. Enjoy.
PS -- is it just me, or does it seem like it's taking forever for College Football to get here? Jeez Louise.
Went to Miami-Dade for a couple days this week on a biz trip, and saw a TON of OVs. In fact it was one of the most common vehicle color types I saw down there. These pix are just a fraction of what I saw in the City of Orange Vehicles. Awesome.
TU health writer Jeremy Cox sent this one in to the BOVB staff, saying he spotted it in Fernandina a few weeks back. The staff researcher looked into it and concluded that the blog has hitherto never published a photo of any sort of motorized tricycle OV. WTG for breaking new ground, Jeremy.
This awesome Porsche was sighted by Jacksonville Birthday Girl Lisa L. The staff here at the BOVB couldn't think of a better present anyone could get, in their whole life, than to have their pix published on the blog on their birthday! Yay! Happy Birthday, Lisa!
My cup runneth over here at ye old BOVB. I can go weeks with average stuff, and then suddenly the blog's gmail account starts filling up with OGs (Orange gems). Like these pix provided by Alison Powers aka theOtherAP. She said she spotted them recently at La Nopalera, a swanky Mexican joint here in the Nine Oh Four, baby. High fives and fist bumps all around for Powers' excellent catch.
Yes, I have LOTS to do this morning. It is 6:57 a.m. and I need to be out the door at 7:30 a.m. Between now and then I need to fill in an exam key answer sheet, take a shower, have some breakfast. Oh, I guess it would be good to get dressed, too. But first: an OV blog.
If you've been sending me pix and not seeing them posted (you know who you are) be assured I am grateful and will get them up. I am just hoarding stuff to get me through to football season (Go Vols, woot!).
So I got all inspired to post just now when I saw this beautiful OV in an e-mail from TU photographer Bruce Lipsky. Bruce used to be a Gators fan, but it's my opinion that all his shooting for the BOVB has swayed him to the side of True Orange. And this pickemuptruck definitely makes me want to get my Rocky Top on.
This Orange-and-white C-130 Hercules was spotted by our faithful Yulee correspondent at the Sun & Fun air show last weekend in Lakeland. The setting/rising sun makes the Orange look almost Gator red, but it's really Orange, folks.
There's no doubt this is a very cool vehicle. It's a T-45 Goshawk, the US Navy and Marine Corps jet trainer. This particular copy was spotted at an air show 3/26/11 by our faithful Yulee correspondent. But is it Orange and White or Red and White? Gator fans call this Orange. We don't think so.
Obviously I love Orange vehicles, but rarely do I see an OV that I'd actually like to HAVE and drive myself. This one is an exception. Love this. A friend tagged me on this pic on FB. Love it. Anyone know the make and model?
I keep getting pix, so I'll keep posting pix. And this one ROCKS. Spotted by a regular contributor at last weekend's Tico Airshow. It's a YAK-55 flown by an outfit called Tiger Air Shows. Arguably could be the coolest Orange vehicle published on the blog. Plus it never fails to amaze me just how many kinds of OVs there are out there.
Starting to get an influx of OV submissions so I figured I better get to posting some.
Like these two bitchen OVs spotted in California recently by first-time contributor Anna A., clearly an artist with an eye to beautiful vehicles. These look like classics, too me. Their classiness enhanced by their Orangeyness.
Yeah yeah, Tennessee lost to Georgia in basketball today but since when did SEC people start caring about basketball? The answer: only when their football teams started to suck. But I say that rather than become like UNC or Duke fans, who have no choice but to like hoops because their conferences inhale on the gridiron, let's rediscover other sports that, like football, are way realer. Like, for instance, baseball. College baseball rocks. Always has. And guess what, Vols fans: Tennessee opened its season with an awesome win.
Ok enough about that. How about this AWESOME OV?? This classic GMC SUV was spotted by my friend and fellow Tennessee grad Jeff Campbell somewheres in Texas.
And they say nothing good comes from Texas. Well, this here proves that wrong.
Weddings. The birth of a child. Promotions. Winning major awards. All are special moments in a person's life.
But there are a lucky few who know the most special feeling of all: Seeing your first picture posted on the BOVB.
No one knows that better right now than Lisa L., who spotted this awesome Orange vehicle in St. Augustine and had the presence of mind to snap a pic and forward it to the BOVB staff. Obviously, she is a person who shoots for the stars and this time she was right on target. Thanks, Lisa!
It's a little bit blurry and obviously a small file, reminiscent of those grainy spy photos of Soviet fighter planes from the Cold War.
And this has the same potential impact, culturally speaking. This Tennessee-Orange dune buggy was spotted in Georgia and offers yet one more sign that people in and from Georgia might be developing some class. Of course, we wouldn't want to jump to conclusions about our Bulldog friends, even optimistic conclusions.
Yet the proof is there. BOVB correspondent Larry L. has so far sent us three photos of OVs he spotted in Georgia recently (we'll publish the third here later), indicating that there are signs of human intelligence in the Peach State.
Stay tuned to the BOVB for more on this developing story and stuff.
PS -- and btw, this has nothing to do with the Tennessee's trouncing of Georgia in basketball the other night. The BOVB staff does not consider hoops to be a relevant sport.