We all have memories from our past that we're lucky enough to still carry with us. Whether you remember playing Barbies with your cousins in the backyard or running through the woods playing cops and robbers with the neighborhood kids, we all have some type of memory that we cling on to. These brothers couldn't let go of a favorite toy from their past, so they decided to breathe life back into it.
When John and Geof Bitmead outgrew their Little Tikes car several decades ago, they couldn’t have known how much they were going to miss it.
After all, it was the very first car that they were able to drive. Eventually, the brothers wanted another (much bigger) Little Tikes car, but after a bit of searching, the Bitmead brothers realized that if they wanted another car, they were going to have to build it themselves.
Surprisingly enough, that’s exactly what the Bitmead brothers did.
“I just thought, what a wonderful idea to make something like that, but real. And as soon as I thought of it, I knew the car,” said John in an interview with BBC in 2014. The car John had in mind was a street-legal modified Daewoo Matiz. Not only does the car run on gas, but it’s capable of going 70 mph, and has airbags.
But just like the original, John had to make sure that the car was lacking one major thing.
“That was always going to be the main thing, I had to have no windows because that is absolutely what the toy is,” said John. While it’s nice to stick to the original design, it can’t be fun riding around England in a car with no windows!
According to the brothers, the project took them 1,000 hours to complete and cost them several thousand dollars in the process.
In the beginning, the brothers were hoping to build the car to raise money for a charity, but that fell through. Instead, they listed the car for sale on eBay, but unfortunately, there weren’t any buyers in the market for a life-sized Little Tykes car.
Even though they weren’t able to make their money back, the brothers were happy to see that their car brought a smile to so many faces.
“They’re amazed to see the real thing on the road. I’ve seen people with tattoos all up their arms walking along the road just cheering at us,” Geof told the BBC. It’s really not surprising that so many people are excited to see the car.