Dave Duncan

"Eat Well, Stay Fit, Die Anyway"

El Camino de Muerte

Ah, the El Camino. What a distinctive vehicle. Long before we’d all even heard of the SUV, the El Camino blew our minds by blending two car styles… the sedan and the pickup truck. For those of you from my generation, it’s almost as synonymous with the 70’s as the boxy brown Volvo station wagon is with the 80’s.

It’s the kind of car that when you see one whizzing by you on the highway (or more likely YOU’RE whizzing past IT), parked proudly along a city street, or left apparently abandoned by the side of a highway, you point it out to people… you might even take a photo… but at the very least, you remember it.

Sunday, on my way to the airport, I pointed out just such a car. My parents were driving me from Langley to Abbotsford (in BC) along Highway 1 and I saw an orangish El Camino with a cab cap like you see on many pickups. I’d never seen that before and mentioned it to my parents.

Well, as it turns out… I’m not the only person who noticed that El Camino. You see, evidently it sat there for a few days and even had its plates run TWICE by the police (first local, and then the provincial detachment of the RCMP) before an El Camino enthusiast took a closer look. Inside, he found the body of a 75 year old man who died while parking the car on the shoulder of the highway. Also inside was the deceased man’s live dog. It’s all in black and white here on CBC.ca.

You’ll all be glad to hear that the dog is doing well.


3 Comments so far

  1. Meagan March 10th, 2006 12:44 am

    How on earth did you find that story and then remember seeing that very same car…craaaaaaaazy

  2. Dave March 10th, 2006 2:47 pm

    Who forgets an El Camino WITH A CAB on top!?!?!? 🙂

  3. Meagan March 10th, 2006 8:24 pm

    no one, the answer is no one