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    The Abandoned Vehicle Thread

    I seem to run across a lot of old, abandoned vehicles in the boonies, off trails that would be impossible to drive on... and I always ask myself, "how did that get here in the first place?"

    Here are a couple pix from the Sierra foothills (I need to dig up a few more). I have no comprehension on how the Nissan got where it is (near Georgetown, CA).

    Whatchoo got?
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    Here's one from back home in near Sarnia, Ontario, Canada:

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    On the Long Trail in Vermont, just south of Killington Ski mtn, August 2005

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    maybe flooding?

    I was on a high country ride one day and saw a vw bus down the side of the hill off the trail...

    how is this possible? hippies are way to lazy to drive that far.

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    Lol. Great thread. I've thought it before too...and not just about cars..."who the hell brought an old clothes dryer way off into the woods and why?"

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    Ha. Saw another one today.
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    Well remember, much of the trails we ride on today might not always have been just singletrack or double track. Many are along old farm roads, logging roads, fire service roads, etc. Plus the reason for washing machines is to avoid dump service fees at the local landfills. Many towns put limits on curbside trash collection, and if you try and take a washing machine to the landfill yourself they charge you a price to do it, so that's why you end up with stuff dumped in the woods.
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    I believe these are both Pontiac's. One is for sure.







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    here's a car I found on a trail in Northern California. In the Shasta County area. Seems to me anyways to be a 30-40's chevy and it had a shovel on the front. atleast it looks like one to me in the picture.

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    Cool Thread...

    ...great idea.....will search my pictures for a few to post up.....I agree with one of the posters that alot of the single tracks we ride today were formally farm , logging, hunting camp roads......now grown in into trails...so some cars get stuck out there....some are stolen cars for sure.....when i was a kid a friend in the neighborhood took his older brothers car and hid it in the woods for us to drive....a Morris Minor....we had fun for about 6 months and then it broke down....well we next used it for target practice....you get the idea.....not much of it left after 30 years.....
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    There used to be an old 57 chevy bel air rusted out right off my property next to my backyard trails...wish I had a picture before they removed it. It was so cool

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    There is a car off Rt 50 in the woods just inside the Beltway in Northern VA. It is an incredibly weird spot for a car to be, I'll take pictures next time I am back east.

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    Fairland in P.G. County MD. It is a better man than I that got this where it was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniTrail View Post
    what area is that first one from? is it near the ocean or something?
    At first I thought it had been burned the way the rust covers everything but then I noticed the tires are still on it ?
    Not close enough to the ocean for it to have any effect on it. It's in Big River Management, Rhode Island.

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    Here is one on one of my local trails. Its been there a really long time and its just the past couple years that someone started painting it.
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    great thread, keep em coming!

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    Have seen MANY abandon cars along my local trails but here where im stationed in AL buddy of mine & myself find all kinds of old Military stuff back in the woods hiking/biking. mostly abandon training sites with random stuff left behind, but the coolest thing to date was an abandon chopper fuselage. ill dig up the photos and post them up later.

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    Awesome pics

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    One of those cars may have been driven by these dudes.

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    Here is my buddy "driving" an old wreck at the hydrocut near Waterloo Ontario Canada

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    Interesting.

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    Great thread. Here are a couple of abandoned cars from my local trails.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/31944482@N05/5557480312/" title="Lost3 by RD300S, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5029/5557480312_27e0ba0019.jpg" width="500" height="332" alt="Lost3"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/31944482@N05/5683359804/" title="DSC_3235.jpg by RD300S, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5026/5683359804_2686bb5370.jpg" width="332" height="500" alt="DSC_3235.jpg"></a>

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    Great thread, there is an old corvair in Chapel Hill high school trails in NC, i haven't ridden there in years, i'll have to go back to take a picture of it. same thing, i've always wondered how on earth an old corvair could have made it back into the woods so far.

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    everytime you see a really old car like this dumped in the trees... ask yourself how old the trees actually are. The car was probably there before the trees.... takes a lot of mystery out of some of the dump locations.

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    There used to be about a dozen abandoned cars between Santos and the land bridge before the bridge was there. I have no idea how but most have been removed. There are only a couple left now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeakJones View Post
    everytime you see a really old car like this dumped in the trees... ask yourself how old the trees actually are. The car was probably there before the trees.... takes a lot of mystery out of some of the dump locations.
    yeah but it also takes a lot of the fun out of it. i prefer imagining a crazy scenario involving a shoot out.

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    I have seen some while snowmobiling in some way out areas, And wondered the same. We do some riding in Quebec where there are no roads in at all and have seen cars left out there. Like someone posted above the flying car.

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    Heres an old Buick near Ringwood NJ and for kicks (NBR) an old Mustang from deeeep inside the earth in Monroe NY. The mustang must've been driven into a vent hole in an old mine to get to where it was.
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    Found one....in my pics from...

    ...last year....this is off one of the trails at Millstone Vermont.....my guess is there are many more vehicles at the bottom of some of the quarrys....although underwater.....
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    I think some of the older ones were just a handy dump spot, newer ones around here are often insurance "jobs".


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    The mustang in the mine... does that area ever experience severe flooding?

    Anyone who watched the news reports of the japanese tsunami last spring will recall all the boats and cars and everything carried WELL past where they started from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lumber825 View Post
    Fairland in P.G. County MD. It is a better man than I that got this where it was.
    There are a few other cars at Fairland, that really make you wonder how they got there.

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    Nah, no flooding like that around here. Just severe drinking I think. Probably came down a vent shaft like this one. Also another car further down but no telling what kind. Oh and there actually was a bike down there too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbbr View Post
    On the Long Trail in Vermont, just south of Killington Ski mtn, August 2005

    give you fifty for the wheels.
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    oh oh oh I got a new one !

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    uhg never mind my phone is being b!tchey...

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    Top of Flagstaff Mt., above Folsom Lake.... with the snow capped Sierra in the way background Sactojesse reminds us that its a Fiat X1/9.
    This one was simply driven or dumped at the top of this mountain... just like a whole bunch of other garbage. But, it points you towards the best outlaw trail in the area
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    Them thar holes look like they came from bullets!

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    Found a few old vehicles left by themselves while exploring dry canal beds.
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    Three cars in San Diego. The first two from Sycamore Canyon area were exposed because of fires. They are probably all overgrown again. The third foto is from Mission Trails park.
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    Came across this on 6 Mile Run in NJ.
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    A women I know did a whole body of work (photography) based around cars abandoned in Leanyer Swamp (Darwin)--a place I used to ride until I got sick of all the dog packs roaming around.
    Link here for anyone interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer View Post
    Top of Flagstaff Mt., above Folsom Lake.... with the snow capped Sierra in the way background Sactojesse reminds us that its a Fiat X1/9.
    Its about time you posted that one up Mr Beer
    I am searching for a pic of the same car but with an amusing twist

    I found a nice group of cars down in Bakersfield this week. I will take a camera out next time and get a few shots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer View Post
    Top of Flagstaff Mt., above Folsom Lake.... with the snow capped Sierra in the way background Sactojesse reminds us that its a Fiat X1/9.
    This one was simply driven or dumped at the top of this mountain... just like a whole bunch of other garbage. But, it points you towards the best outlaw trail in the area

    From another angle -


    The amusing part is the DRIVER behind the wheel
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    Here's one that may look familiar . . . its sorta been "abandoned."

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    this is an awesome thread.

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    I love how when someone sees an abandoned rusty vehicle their first thought is "let's shoot the sh*t outta it! Yeah!" Every abandoned vehicle I've seen in person and most on here have many bullet holes in them. I actually used to shoot bb guns at one when I was a kid

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    Bakersfield finds -

    There are three cars in this one -


    Close up on the two on the right -
    Its all ****s and Giggles until somebody Giggles and ****s

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