Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Step In The Right Direction..(Get It??)

According to this article: "A footwear manufacturer in China has made an electric car out of a giant shoe. It can carry two people up to 250 miles at speeds of up to 20mph on a single charge of the battery underneath the driver's seat. The leather 'bodywork' is made in the same way as a normal shoe but on a bigger scale, using the hide of five bulls. A Kang Shoe company spokesman said it took six months to design and build the car at a cost of around £4,000. The company demonstrated its bizarre vehicle outside its headquarters in Wenzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang Province. Workers queued up for the chance to drive the shoe car which is 10ft long and more than three feet high. Company president Wang Zhengtao says it is designed as a promotional tool and he plans to make 40 for stores around the country."

Oddly enough, I rode around in something similar about 31 years ago - my dad was the manager of Skateway, our local skating rink and OC hangout for kids of all ages, and we rode in a giant skate float for the St. Patrick's Day Parade. I was 2-years-old and we were featured in the OC Register with a photo caption that said "Step on it, blondie." I wish I had a photo to share - my parent's saved the newspaper clipping and it's pretty awesome. There is actually a Skateway group on Facebook, and someone who worked there posted this pic of my dad and me, decked out in our Skateway shirts after he he skated 26 miles in a "Skateathon" in LA. I miss the early '80s.


1 comment:

  1. That Skateway picture is so cool! :)

    WI had a Skateland. EIGHTIES TUNES ALL NIGHT LONG. Of course in the 80's they were just called "current hits". :)