When most people hear the word “carpool”, they probably think of being cramped in the back of a Honda CRV with their coworkers. Thankfully, Phillip Weicker and Duncan Forster think a bit differently. Back in 1996, these crazy Canadians built a hot tub within their 1982 Chevy Malibu. Both the car and the hot tub functioned perfectly. Shortly after, the team of two was invited to the Bonneville Salt Flats to set a land speed record for an automotive hot tub.
We were just as surprised as you are now that a hot tub land speed record is an actual thing. Nevertheless, these two were engineering students at the time and couldn’t make it to the flats. Eighteen years later, redemption is at hand.
The Carpool DeVille started as an idea out of a shed instead of a dorm room in 2008, according to Motor Authority. The dynamic duo got their hands on the 1969 Cadillac DeVille and after working on the car for six years, want to go to the flats to accomplish their goal from long ago. It’s not going to be as simple as it would have been in 1996. Given the world we live in, there are a multitude of rules and safety regulations to work within. That includes the racing seat with a rollcage that will be placed inside the car.
Having moved to Los Angeles, these two live a bit closer to Utah, but still need extra means of transport for the car and crew. After the racing fee, it comes out to $10,000. The team has a Kickstarter campaign that has currently reached $2837 and has 19 days remaining. The video of a hot tub going full throttle across the salt flats would probably be worth $10,000 in revenue on its own afterwards. Nevertheless, these children at heart need some help. Feel free to check out their campaign video, which gives you a glimpse of the car and its throttle and transmission, which comes from a boat.