This Geo Storm Spotted in Traffic Is a True Unicorn
And I have a real connection to these random hatchback sport coupes.
Driving in LA traffic isn’t so bad. Once you surrender your existence to spending most of your drive time in traffic and make peace with the stop-and-go crawl, you can open your third eye and see some truly remarkable machinery. I’ve seen brand-new Suzuki Jimnys, Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0s, and even a Koenigsegg CCX-R way back when. While those are cool, none were as cool as this: A yellow Geo Storm GSi.
- Car: Geo Storm GSi
- Location: Interstate 5 North at SR-2 Interchange
- Photog: Chris Rosales (me; @chrishasacamera on IG)
- Camera: iPhone 11 Pro Max
Yes, I know. Calling a Suzuki Jimny less cool than a Geo Storm deserves some form of capital punishment. Hear me out. I may put off sports car snob vibes but my heart truly lies with well-engineered shitboxes with hearts of gold. The Geo Storm is that, and it is also one of my first automotive fascinations.
My uncle had three of them when I was growing up. More than half of the time, I would get home from school in the back of a Geo Storm. Well, maybe less than half, but the drives were certainly more memorable than the Honda Pilot my dad had at the time. I loved each of his Storms, especially the yellow GSi he had as his last one.
There was one time I was in the back seat of his other Storm, a facelifted white car. My uncle was a mild speed demon with not a lot of power, so he carried speed and was flat out everywhere on these random LA city streets. There is an intersection in the city of South Gate that has a large yump. Not wanting to lift off, my uncle was committed and hit the yump at a speed that turned it into a jump. I bumped my head into the glass of the hatchback from the jump, we landed firmly and we were on our way. Legendary moment.
As big as we could get it: