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Our 20 Favorite Rides from the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade

Honorable mention: We've always wanted to go tubing down Allen Parkway.
Honorable mention: We've always wanted to go tubing down Allen Parkway.
Photos By Abrahan Garza.

One imagines that a lot of the appeal of art cars -- aside from the fact that they're often insane looking -- is the fact that it takes art out of the gallery and into the streets. There's nothing stuffy or pretentious about it, it's simply art that anyone from age three to age 83 can understand and enjoy.

With more than 275 entries in the 2013 edition of the Houston Art Car Parade, narrowing down the list to our 20 favorite rides was not easy. We're just happy that there's a thriving art car community that allows us to have this embarrassment of riches to choose from.

Our 20 Favorite Rides from the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade

20. How can you not feel a swell of patriotic pride when this comes down the road?

Flashback: The Art Car Parade: Enjoying the Ride

Our 20 Favorite Rides from the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade

19. You can always count on "Heroicar" to save the day!

Our 20 Favorite Rides from the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade

18. Simple, but lovely all the same.

Our 20 Favorite Rides from the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade

17. So this is a thing that nightmares are made of.

Our 20 Favorite Rides from the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade

16. Anyone else feel like singing "Under The Sea" right now?

 

Our 20 Favorite Rides from the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade

15. That's a heck of a hood ornament.

Our 20 Favorite Rides from the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade

14. It was certainly the cutest bird we saw all day.

Our 20 Favorite Rides from the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade

13. We're not sure where the name "Nippy Thelma" comes from, but we like it.

Our 20 Favorite Rides from the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade

12. We hope we don't have to explain to you why a banana car is awesome.

Our 20 Favorite Rides from the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade

11. Some cars you wash, some cars you polish.

 

Our 20 Favorite Rides from the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade

10. No joke here, we just really like the graffiti.

Our 20 Favorite Rides from the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade

9. What child wouldn't want a giant wagon?

Our 20 Favorite Rides from the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade

8. This car is made of 11 secret herbs, spices, and a go-kart.

Flashback: Art Car Creators On Parade: Bob Wink W/ Video

Our 20 Favorite Rides from the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade

7. This art car dog dreams of chasing art car squirrels.

Our 20 Favorite Rides from the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade

6. They call it "Excess Baggage" because... well... ain't it obvious?

 

Our 20 Favorite Rides from the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade

5. The colors on this one are just amazing.

Flashback: Art Car Creators on Parade: Jill Johnson W/Video

Our 20 Favorite Rides from the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade

4. No matter how "simple" it is, we can't help but smile every time we look at this giant toaster car.

Our 20 Favorite Rides from the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade

3. It's our sci-fi dream come true.

Our 20 Favorite Rides from the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade

2. Imagine how much fun you could have driving this one.

Our 20 Favorite Rides from the 2013 Houston Art Car Parade

1. The only thing that would make this better is if the car was wearing a mask too.

Looking for more art car photos? Check out our slideshow!


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