SUV Clubs Gain Traction In New York

09/10/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A few of the Trucked Out Divas -- Strawberry, Carmel and Black Beauty -- were waiting in front of their clubhouse, a former strip club in Brownsville across from a weedy lot and a Family Dollar store. They wore sleeveless leather jackets, some with Velcro side closures like those on bulletproof vests, and they had the name of their club printed in hot pink on the back, like a girlish version of the Hell's Angels.

Nearby, parked on every available inch of sidewalk and curbside at this Brooklyn crossroads, gleamed immaculate Ford Expeditions, Lincoln Navigators, Cadillac Escalades and other behemoths of the American automobile industry. The Divas and their male counterparts, Trucked Out SUV Club, ride city streets in vehicles often linked in the popular imagination with gas-guzzling suburbanites, soccer moms, or money-flashing drug dealers -- but more on that later.

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