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   Undertoad  Thursday Jan 4 12:47 PM

January 4, 2007: Atomic Dog vehicle

Sometimes IotD chases lead to some sort of international mystery. What is that thing? In this case, the daily gallery had the official caption (rude character mapping included):

Autom√≥vil estramb√≥tico. La modelo Caro posa junto al coche de ocio 'perro at√≥mico', en la feria CMT, en Stuttgart, Alemania, hoy jueves 4 de enero del 2007. El coche fue construido por estudiantes estadounidenses. La feria CMT, la m√°s grande exhibici√≥n p√ļblica en Europa, para productos de entretenimiento, tendr√° m√°s de 1.400 expositores de m√°s de 95 pa√*ses y por ella pasar√°n 180.000 visitantes.
But I don't speak Spanish, so I gave it to Babelfish, who said this translated to:
Estrambótico automobile. The Expensive model puts next to the leisure car 'atomic dog', in fair CMT, in Stuttgart, Germany, today Thursday 4 of January of the 2007. The car was constructed by American students. Fair CMT, the greatest public exhibition in Europe, for entertainment products, will have more than 1,400 exhibitors of more than 95 countries and through her they will pass 180,000 visitors.
So fishing for more information leads me to the Official CMT site, which turns out to confirm nothing much other than that it is a public exhibition in Europe, and adds no detail on the car.

But "Atomic Dog", which the caption sort of overlooks, is a reference to... well... y'ever hear this?

bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay bow wow yippie yo yippie yay

"Atomic Dog" is a George Clinton song from 1982, which never became a hit single in itself, but became one of the most sampled songs in history, just because of that bit.

So is that a part of it? Yes, that's the whole point of it! Googling for atomic dog car finally resolves the mystery, with a story from the Houston Chronicle last week.
Bow wow wow, yippie yo, yippie yay!

The bark from funkmaster George Clinton's Atomic Dog has resounded all the way to Germany and will continue echoing in Europe, thanks to a spectacular art car constructed by a group of Waltrip High School students paying homage to the timeless dance classic.

The show-stopping vehicle - which stands nearly 14 feet tall and features dogs, musicians, guitars and spaceships - was recently displayed at the Essen Motor Show in Germany and is now in search of a permanent home on the other side of the world.

The international moment of fame is an honor for the 16 art students at Waltrip High School who invested thousands of sweaty hours building the car under the tutelage of teacher Rebecca Bass, who went to Germany to show off their work.

The honor comes on top of the students' unexpected thrill of meeting Clinton, an icon in funk music who led the bands Parliament and Funkadelic before embarking on a solo career in the early 1980s. The musician came to Houston in June to see the car after reading about it in the New York Times.
And the Chronicle story then includes a much better shot of the thing, to show you what's really great about it:

Wow. Just... wow.

Head to the Chronicle story for a gallery of 8 more shots if you like. Including one of Mr. Clinton admiring the car.

Sheldonrs  Thursday Jan 4 01:37 PM

From SUV to S U Kidding?!!!

wolf  Thursday Jan 4 02:13 PM

There is a lot of intense and bizarre detail on that thing, but I really like the beaded curtains idea.

barefoot serpent  Thursday Jan 4 02:30 PM

Waltrip High School
Only in Texas would a high school be named after a NASCAR driver.

Clodfobble  Thursday Jan 4 04:51 PM

Originally Posted by barefoot serpent
Only in Texas would a high school be named after a NASCAR driver.
You are joking, right? I think you are, but it's been a long day...

Flint  Thursday Jan 4 04:57 PM

Waltrip High School
Originally Posted by barefoot serpent View Post
Only in Texas would a high school be named after a NASCAR driver.
Originally Posted by Clodfobble View Post
You are joking, right? I think you are, but it's been a long day...
In North Texas, we usually just kick ass, and ask these kind of questions later, if at all. Bunch of hippies down there in Austin...

Clodfobble  Thursday Jan 4 05:34 PM

It's true, we usually go for the kinder, gentler ass-kicking.

lumberjim  Thursday Jan 4 05:54 PM

exploding dog kicks atomic dog's ass.

i bought the coffee table book. it's v. nice.

xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jan 4 08:21 PM

No wonder Johnny can't read....or drive.

milkfish  Thursday Jan 4 08:58 PM

So the kids build the car, and only the teacher gets the trip to Europe? What a rip-off!

SPUCK  Friday Jan 5 05:25 AM

I think that car.. umm





Looks like a steaming pile of crap.

Sundae  Friday Jan 5 10:59 AM

Originally Posted by lumberjim View Post
exploding dog kicks atomic dog's ass.

i bought the coffee table book. it's v. nice.
Oh thank you, thank you, thank you!
Except that I now have to dig out some of the frames I "put somewhere safe" when I moved in.... I want some of those pictures on my wall

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