Haha, thanks for dredging up this old thread. Now I can see what my car used to look like about 80k miles ago.
Incidentally, I've been rocking a Yakima Holdup bike rack for the last few years. It is also a hitch rack but instead of this slender, tall pillar, it is lower and wider, without extending above the trunk. It holds the bike by the front and rear wheels only, without touching the frame. I've been all over with it, and I'm still using it 2-3 times per week.