Remember the episode of “The Simpsons” when Homer was given free reign to design his ideal car? What he came up with was a bright green monstrosity with bubble domes, tail fins and plenty of chrome. It also featured outside cup holders and a whole lot of accessories that HE thought would sell.
Well, this animation creation has been bought to real life.
WHY “THE HOMER”?
It all started when Homer creator Kris Linquist a 1987 BMW 325e.
Kris explains “The BMW E30 chassis is the most popular in the 24 Hours of LeMons series. This makes the judges dislike them. They prefer more unique cars. Therefore, to be in a judge’s favour, you need to paint your car and come up with a good theme.”
“We are Simpsons fans and we knew that the race organisers had wondered why nobody had ever built The Homer, so we decided that we had to tackle it” Linquist said.
Using a model of the Homer, they created the real thing. They salvaged parts from the local scrap yard, to make sure it stayed under the $500 budget.
A FEW SECRETS
The green paint is actually house paint. They colour matched it from the toy car. The tail fin and wing is just sheet metal and pop rivets. The plastic dome that houses Bart and Lisa dolls was donated to the team by a sponsor that uses them as a Christmas window display.
Some pictures make the car look professional – but I assure you, it really is a “piece of crap”, Linquist assured Drive.
The Homer made its racing debut at a 24 Hours of LeMons event in California.
For those wanting to know how the car went in the race – it came in fifth (out of 150-something cars).
Additional information: drive.com.
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