It’s a real good thing I never grew up here. I would have been in and out of the hospital non-stop for tetanus shots and to sew back on appendages that would have mysteriously been liberated from my body. No matter how hard my mom would have tried, it would have been pointless, there’s no way you’d have been able to keep me away from these old rusty cars. To me, they would have been toys of the highest magnitude, and they most certainly would have beckoned me like a Siren’s song.
What started out in life as what I believe to be a late 20’s or early 30’s Model A Ford today has a whole new purpose for existence. Today it is a planter. Or a toy, depending on your viewpoint.
Isn’t this a terrific way to re-purpose something? With all the talk lately of being green and looking to recycle and reuse as much as possible things like this are a terrific way to take a chunk of metal that could have just as easily ended up part of an auto-wrecking yard and give it a whole new second life. It’s utterly ingenious. I think for me, one of the things that really struck me as Mrs. Toad and I were adventuring all over the west coast of the island over the weekend was the imagination required to see something like this come alive from a worn out car in the driveway. If you look closely, some really interesting elements come to light. For example, the classic wire wheels that are so distinctive on cars of this time still exist, at least in the back right fender. Also, the front left tire is still there! Even though it’s highly unlikely it’s serviceable, it really adds a wonderful touch. And one of the best parts, at least to us, is the way the owner created a hanging bar inside the car from which to hang baskets of flowers and plants from. It almost looks as if the plants are driving, if you use your imagination.
What’s the story here? Your guess is definitely as good, or even better, than mine. First glance reveals a little vignette in a field with the remains of a VW Beetle. Given the sparse level of trim still evident, the year and generation of this car elude me at the moment, but a couple of little things immediately pop out. The first is how there are no back windows in this Beetle. All VW’s that I am aware of had back windows. Also the front fenders appear to me to be widened. VW Beetle’s have historically been very popular platforms to use for building such specialty cars as dune-buggies. They are easy to work on, parts are cheap and easy to find, and they are very very reliable, even in the most daunting environments. Could it be that this is all that remains from what once was a really cool dune-buggy? If you do a search on Google for “vw beetle dune buggy” you’ll find about a trillion examples, showing the endless myriad of ways that people can customize them.
I find it’s amazing what you can discover if you just get in your car and explore your area. Little scenes, like the ones we’ve shared here today, are found everywhere, they literally pop out as you make your way around. Vancouver Island is a wonderful place, full of whimsy and character, the challenge is trying to find and capture them all.
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