DEFEND YOUR RIDE: LeRon At The Billy Goat Tavern

October 3, 2011 3:00 AM

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"My car is angry 'cause it never gets a chance to sit still."

dyr chicago11 DEFEND YOUR RIDE: LeRon At The Billy Goat Tavern

“All that I drive are GM cars. Nothing else.”

The Ride
The Driver: LeRon
Car in Question: 2005 Pontiac Grand Am
Spotted at: Billy Goat Tavern, 1535 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607
Odometer: 125,000
Car’s Nickname: The Silver Bullet


Q: What brings you here today?

A: Grabbing something to eat on my way home from school. This is only the second time I’ve been here. It’s close to my school, Malcolm X College. I thought I would drop in real quick and eat before I go back home.

Q: Why did you pick a Pontiac Grand Am?

A: I’ve always driven GM cars. That’s all I drive are GM cars. Nothing else.

Q: What do you like so much about GM cars?

A: If something goes wrong with it, it’s easy to work on.

Q: Would you ever contemplate not getting a GM?

A: Doubt it.

Q: Will it always be a Grand Am?

A: No. I’ve had a Grand Prix and Monte Carlo, before I had this car. The car doesn’t really matter to me, as long as it’s a GM.

Q: What’s the craziest place you’ve ever been?

A: Detroit.

Q: What happened?

A: Well, I don’t really know if I can speak of it, but it was a weekend full of drinking, which had interesting results.

Q: If you could give your car a nickname, what would it be?

A: I’ve never thought about it before, but I would probably call it the Silver Bullet because it’s silver and I drive it like a bat out of hell. I’ve topped off before, maybe at about 115 or 120 on I-57. I was on my way to Lincoln Mall. Even though it’s a major highway, if you get on at the right time of day, it’s not busy. You can go fast.

Q: What is your dream car?

A: My dream car is a 1967 Pontiac GTO or 1967 Shelby GT.

Q: Are both of those cars made by GM?

A: No, the GT is a Ford. I’m breaking my rule, but that’s the only exception to the rule.

Q: Do you have any rules for your car?

A: No eating, no smoking.

Q: Do you break those rules yourself?

A: No! I don’t even have ashtrays in my car. I hate cigarette smoke, and you always find food in the creases of your seat when you eat in your car.

Q: Do you listen to your radio in your car?

A: Usually I listen to my iPod on my phone. I rather hear that than the outside noise or the air conditioning. I put my earphones in my ear and listen to just about anything. I have everything on my iPod: Phil Collins to James Brown, Johnny Taylor to Fred Hammond.

Q: What is your philosophy on your car?

A: Any car I get has to have a sunroof.

Are you ready to Defend Your Ride? If so, email with “Defend Your Ride Chicago” in the subject line for submission details.

Photos and interview by Nicolette Chambers

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