Behold! A car shaped like a banana, seen driving about the streets of New York City. Steve Braithwaite and his brother Spade (a/k/a “The Dirty Brothers”) are the proud owners of the Big Banana Car, inspired when Steve glanced at a bowl of bananas at a gas station and thought, “I could build a banana car!” he told us. And so he did, taking a 1993 Ford F-150, removing the sheet metal, building the skeleton shape of a banana over the engine and suspension, covering it all with chicken wire, and sculpting it into a banana shape. An airbrush artist painted the banana for free. Because it’s a car shaped like a banana!
The Braithwaites have been planning an around-the-world trip in the banana car, set for some point next year; they’re also making a documentary about building and traveling in it. Today’s trip to New York City included stops at Rockefeller Center and Times Square before returning home to Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. They would have stayed longer, Steve said, but they’re headed to Grand Rapids, Minnesota, tomorrow, for the Boundary Waters Blues Fest.
Lest you think it’s all fun and games, there’s a charitable side to the banana car: The Braithwaites are using it to promote deep vein thrombosis awareness, which afflicted their mom, and have currently raised more than $1,200 for the cause. Of course, it’s fun, too.
Apparently, driving around in a large yellow banana attracts a lot of attention, even among jaded New Yorkers. Note: This may be the only motorized banana car with the correct dimensions in the entire world. So at least it’s worthy of your time.