Wahooptie offers phat ride
What the heck is a Wahooptie?
"It's from 'hooptie,' which is hip-hop slang for a big a** old car," says Bartley McGowen (right), 29, who, with his partner, Joseph Mills (left), 25, launched the unusual taxi service this past summer. "And then, of course, Wahoo."
McGowan says he had the idea about eight years ago when he drove a bus while going to UVA, but he never followed through. Two years ago he ended up buying an old purple limo (the orange Lincoln) from a punk rock band who used it to tour; then he met Mills, who's a bit of a mechanic, and the two were on their way.
"It's more about the ride than getting to point A or point B," says Mills, who repaired the cars and outfitted them with sound systems, Internet access (you can IM for a ride from your computer), and added assorted other bells and whistles. "We're in the process of fixing up a Suburban and a '68 Cadillac, and I recently found a 1976 Checker cab on E-bay. We like the idea of using these older, cool cars that usually just ending up sitting around on used car lots."
McGowen says they get a lot of UVA kids during the school year– surprise!– but also a mix of folks going to the airport, going out or coming home from parties, the Downtown Mall, or from Club 216.
In case there's any doubt, the Wahooptie is a real taxi service, complete with a meter up front– and they're on-call 24/7. Mills says it's a little more expensive than other taxi services in town, but there are no extra charges for late night rides or hauling luggage. Plus, you get all that leg room!
To get yourself a phat Wahooptie ride, give 'em a call at 434-249-TAXI, or check out their website at wahooptie.com.