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Comparison Test: Grape Bin Transporters
Here are the candidates for Yamhill County Car & Driver’s cornhole award for the best GBT of 2003. Every year our staff gets peppered with the question: “What’s the best GBT?” Because we are serious car enthusiasts who possess tremendous knowledge and experience in the consumption of copious quantities of wine, we proudly present to you, our readers, this in-depth information on the newest and most exciting GBT’s from CAMERON’s 2003 vintage.
FIRST PLACE: BMF Series 2
The fact that such a classic vehicle won this competition against premium competitors is a testament to its sturdy 2-unit chassis powered by a box of doughnuts and lubricated by a glass of Cameron Pinot noir. Though its 0-60 mph sprint could not touch the PJ Cruiser, its offer of sublime performance and front-driving turbo-based engines carried the day.
SECOND PLACE: PJ Cruiser
This neo-classic GBT was the consummate choice of those on the staff for whom speed and levitation trump style and affordability. But its boxy shape reminded the rest of us of a Hummer. This immediately relegated it to a lower finish.
THIRD PLACE: JD750
Don’t let the ease of driving the JD750 fool you. After a few laps around the vineyard even the dog was asleep. With great offroad capabilities and the clear choice to pull the FLX45 out of the mud, it was clearly inferior to the BMF Series 2 when it came to turning radius, power train and special amenities.
FOURTH PLACE: FLX45
While the FLX45 offered the stiffest suspension and was flawless on the tarmack, its off-road prowess was clearly lacking. Its mass pushes relentlessly and it has no appetite for vigorous driving. Hey, we didn’t expect it to end up at the bottom of the list but when those grape bins fell over and crushed Skeeter well.
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