Banana car creator seeks food-based drag race


Banana car

A man who spent two years making a car in the shape of a banana wants to put his creation to the test in a food-based drag race against the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile.
> British expat Steve Braithwaite, originally from Oxfordshire but now a resident of Kalamazoo, Michigan, spent $25,000 (£14,868) on his madcap convertible creation, despite originally setting a budget of just $10,000.

Regardless of the the considerable time and cash invested, Mr Braithwaite believes his efforts have been worth it.

Banana car

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: "The best thing about the banana car is when kids see it.

"You just see them yank on their mothers arms and shout "banana, banana!" and it's brilliant.

"I get people doing double takes like you see in the movies all the time.

"It can be a curse having this car if you're in a rush.

"I'll be in a real hurry to get somewhere and need to pull in at a gas station very quickly, but 45 minutes later I'll still be there as everyone asks for photos."

Despite mainly appearing at children's birthday parties, Mr Braithwaite wants to utilise his car's 5.0-litre V8 engine to test its performance in a race against the famous hot-dog shaped Oscar Mayer Weinermobile.

Wienermobile 1995

With a claimed top speed of 85mph, he's confident his Banana car has what it takes to achieve victory. However, the 54-year-old has yet to receive a response after challenging the Weinermobile's owners.

In the mean time, check out the video below in which Mr Braithwaite discusses the conception of his fruity four-wheeler.