Illustration for article titled This Literal Inverted Bathtub Racecar Is Such A Good Idea

Sometimes you encounter something so basic, so obvious, that it seems like it’s just part of the fundamental essence of being a human. Well, specifically, being a human that turns discarded home materials into little racecars. Like this extraordinarily well-done bathtub racer.

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I saw this on the Журнал Custom Culture Facebook page, which, translated, seems to mean ‘Magazine Custom Culture,’ so it’s some Russian car custom culture magazine I don’t really know anything about. I hope they don’t have long, rambling virulently racist essays or something.

Illustration for article titled This Literal Inverted Bathtub Racecar Is Such A Good Idea
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But this little bathtub racer is so simply and nicely done. Flip it over, one good cut, plop it on a nice little steel-rod-frame chassis, some paint, and boom, a charming little soapbox derby car or pedal car or go-kart. You could easily fit a little lawnmower engine somewhere in there, I’m sure. You could re-position that hole to make a mid-rear Auto-Union style racecar, paint it silver and have a dead ringer for the Monopoly car or whatever.

I’m sure this has been done many times before, but there was just something so nice and charming about this particular execution I wanted to share it. I don’t quite know why it’s wearing VW badges, other than the maker probably likes VWs.

Now I want to do something with the six or seven old tubs I have littering my yard, if I can drive the mutated monitor lizards out of them.


Contact the author at jason@jalopnik.com.

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