This says a lot.
When I first brought it up on the air, Tracy Forner blurted out that it looked like crochet. Put the van in context (in the parking lot of a fabric store), and the sense of what he said shines forth.
It DOES look like crochet.
WHY someone would do this to their car (and what is it like to drive in the winter; do they store it indoors like a prized sports car?) is still beyond me.
And what's the stuff on the hood?
I asked Barbara Shear, who took this shot. Her reply blew my theory out of the water:
"Circuit boards, and wiring. There's even a vacuum tube on one of the boards. I don't know whether the guy is really into his work, repairs electronics for a hobby, or just took apart some old TV's and radios and decided to save money on painting his van, but it's actually pretty cool looking in person! I was really excited about actually seeing it after it's initial airing on your show.
"I think now the van owner was the guy next to me asking about felt, and obviously out of his element in a fabric store, maybe even for the first time."