Parking Lot Concours: The Whole Foods Market in Overland Park, Kansas


My recent trudge through my picture stash (here) turned up a lot more than what was shown then.  Seeing this Lincoln Mark LT in front of the Whole Foods sign reminded me I had a whole series of pictures from my hiking around their parking lot about thirteen months ago.


For those not familiar, the Whole Foods Market chain is the Disneyland of cuisine.  Looking for fifty eight varieties of olives, all the size of a goose egg?  Check.  Looking for aged koala milk cheese?  Check.  A white Dodge Stratus out front?  Check.


A five-cylinder VW Jetta and a six-cylinder Toyota.  If you take the numbers from one to twelve, automobile engines have had every number of cylinders except seven, nine, and eleven.  Or am I overlooking something?


There are a tremendous number of these Chevrolet HHR’s being used as taxis in the Kansas City, Kansas area.  I suppose they work well enough, but they sure look fragile compared to this Honda Civic.  Yes, the angle of this picture is working against the HHR but it isn’t working that much against it.


Two members of the Fantastic Auditory Resonance Team (F.A.R.T.) Can brigade.  Let us all hope the heat generated from these exhaust tips doesn’t melt the bumper cover.

This Civic does seem to be a little smaller boned than the last one.


For years Chevrolet had their Blue Flame Six.  Could this be called their Purple Spark Four?


Some things are universal.  Could any two vehicles be more definitive than a green Subaru Outback and a red Ford F-150?  Some colors just naturally work.


A white Subaru?  It’s quite nice and I would love to take it for a spin.  Come to think of it, I did drive a Subaru once years ago.  My college roommate was drunk so I drove us back in his yellow Subaru.  I think it was an ’81 model.


It looks like we are back into charted territory again.

While going out on a limb to say this, I cannot help but think going to a Whole Foods in the Midwest creates one of the more eclectic mixtures you might expect to find on a single parking lot.


This Audi Q7 TDI is a very nice vehicle and this example is one of extremely few I have seen.


On the flip side, both this Buick Regal and Cadillac Deville are still as common as pork coming from pigs despite the Cadillac being around 20 years old.


This Cadillac DTS (I still call it a Deville) might expect many trips here in the future if its ancestor above is any indication.


Yes, seeing this vast array of cars, such as this Volvo XC 90, has brought me such joy.


One reward was stumbling upon this Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight LSS.  It seems most of the ones still percolating are base models.  This particular example was in fantastic condition inside and out.


I hope you have enjoyed this brief meandering around a parking lot.  It was hard to capture some of the residents with all the comings and goings, but it does create a fascinating snapshot in time.