1976 Land Rover Converted into a Real Life Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Replica
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The sound of hammering and tinkering has been emerging from a garage deep in the New Forest for the best part of three months.

And today came wheeling out result of those hard-working endeavours - a magical sight which will bring back fond memories for film fans.

Stuart Wallis unveiled a gleaming replica of the famous film car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang after converting his clapped-out 1976 Land Rover.

He stripped the wreck down to its chassis, engine and wheels before painstakingly transforming it into his own version of the flying car made famous in the 1968 film.

After three months, thousands of pounds and hours of hard work, his fine, four-fendered friend is finally ready to take pride of place at his local carnival tomorrow.

 
Repli-car: Stuart Wallis shows off his hand-built Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with the help of (from left to right) Lily Wallis, Tom Wallis,Elise Collins, Zoe Wallis and 'Child Catcher' Chloe Collins.

Repli-car: Stuart Wallis shows off his hand-built Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with the help of (from left to right) Lily Wallis, Tom Wallis,Elise Collins, Zoe Wallis and 'Child Catcher' Chloe Collins.

Stuart, 52, of Ringwood, Hants, took on the project after his eldest daughter, Lily, watched the classic film and challenged him to make a similar one.

After visiting Beaulieu Motor Museum to take photos and measurements of a separate replica, he set to work at his New Forest Metal Works business.

Stuart and a six strong team have worked over the past three months turning the Land Rover he paid £1,000 for into a copy of the world famous car.

 
Before: A 35 year old land Rover supplied the basic chassis for Stuart's replica

Before: A 35 year old land Rover supplied the basic chassis for Stuart's replica

Stuart said: 'My kids have always enjoyed the film so I thought '"why not".'

'I knew there was a good replica of the original at the Beaulieu Motor Museum so l computerised images of it to ensure ours was as accurate as possible.'

'The children all helped with the building of the car so they were all aware of how it was progressing but now it is finished I don't think they can quite believe it.' 

The vehicle features a 1,000-watt amplifier under the bonnet and loud speakers so it can blast out hits from the film.

There are also eight sets of air horns capable of creating animal noises and police sirens.

 
After: The gleaming replica with 'wings' deployed

After: The gleaming replica with 'wings' deployed

In keeping with the special effects shown in the  film, the replica has red and yellow wings attached to the sides - but making the contraption fly was a step too far.

His children, Lily, 10, Tom, 9, and Zoe, 7, as well as their young neighbours Chloe and Elise Collins, are all set to enjoy a ride at the carnival parade tomorrow.

Stuart is using the car to raise money for The Cicely Foundation which supports charities including Mosaic which provides bereavement services for children and the Youth Cancer Trust.

 

The Original Chitty

Ian Fleming's novel on which the film was based took its inspiration from a real car owned and raced by colourful 1920s figure Count Louis Vorrow Zborowksi.

He was fascinated by speed and machinery. A Kent resident, he was responsible for the construction of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

Despite his father having died in a motor racing accident he was fanatical about the sport. He joined the Mercedes Grand Prix team in 1924, at the age of 29, but died in one of their cars after spinning off the track and hitting a tree during the Italian Grand Prix.

Flying start: The original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Flying start: Dick Van Dyke and the original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang from the enduringly popular 1968 movie



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1312902/How-father-turned-clapped-old-banger-gleaming-Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang.html#ixzz10gVvzu1j

 

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