While hunting through the Flintstones comics for September 1962, I came across a neat little story from the local paper in Murphysboro, Illinois, home of the annual Apple Festival. Someone made a Flintstones car that won first prize in the Kiddie Parade down ten blocks of Walnut Street. The photocopy of the photo isn’t the best but you can see how it’s foot-powered. Unfortunately, the story doesn’t say who made the car.
People who’ve seen The Flintstones may not love Gazoo or that wretched Sunshine song, but they love Fred’s car. It made Time Magazine’s list of Top 10 Fictional Cars. In fact, it’s not really so fictional. People have built them. Last year, we had pictures of one on the blog. This past summer, a German man who constructed a Flintmobile was told he couldn’t drive it on the country’s highways (see photo to the left).
We don’t know whether young Alan Schumaker still has his kid car. But if he doesn’t, there’s a place on-line to go to learn how to put one together. Click here for diagrams and stuff.
That’s right. You can hand-craft it. In your very own shop. Talk about an idea from the Stone Age.