BR5-49 (rather, BR-549)
Appearing above is an early International Harvester matchbook found by Shaw "Hawk" Wilson at a small diner outside of Nashville during his constant travels to and from towns supporting his original Chuck / Shaw duo "Dos Huevos" (Spanish for "Silly Eggs"). The owner of the diner claimed that it was given to him by delta blues legend Porter Wagoner (Whitney Houston's inspiration for her hit "I Will Always Love You"), and that the ailing Wagoner had instructed him never to "fall in love with a motor" bigger than Chevrolet's 472 cubic inch monstrosity that was standard in Caddilac's of the era. International Harvester, not to be outdone, produced a limited number of BR (Broad Ringed) 549 cubic inch workhorses for their farm-grade pickup trucks. The patended "Broad Ring" design allowed for intensely high compression in the cylinders, which unfortunately caused them to frequently overheat, and this was apparently an issue for the ailing Wagoner. "Hawk" was impressed that the matchbook originated in Harrisonville, Missouri, the birthplace of Black Flag drummer Bill Stevenson, and only a few hours from "Hawk"'s former residence in Lawrence, Kansas. Unfortunately, Arista Records made a condition of the BR5-49 signing the fabrication of a more "palatable" explaination of the admittedly odd name. The producers of Hee-Haw, desperate for exposure, suggested digitally re-editing an old Hee-Haw skit with an even more remote "Laugh-in" bit to give the impression that the name BR-549 might have been taken from a comedy skit about a gay farmer named "Porter". Wagoner's estate then sued all parties involved, and a new skit was filmed, antiqued, and immediately placed in syndication featuring Junior Samples selling International Harvester trucks (the only real tie-in to the original moniker) using the phone number "BR5-49". In the skit, a skilled eye will spot a picture of Porter Wagoner blowing coke with Judy Garland in the background.