Chitty Bang replica makes it from UK to Oz without a breakdown!March 5th, 2008 - 3:29 pm ICT by admin
London, Mar. 5 (ANI): A replica of the film car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has made it to Australia from Britain in six months and 12,000 miles without a single breakdown.
Built from a 100-pound Land Rover, a sewing machine and fragments of a boat by Nick Pointing and his wife Carolyn, the car with fold-out wings crossed 17 countries before landing in Sydney, reports the Daily Express.
The Pntings fairytale trip began at their home on the Isle of Wight last September and took them through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Italy and Greece. They even managed to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle, near Munich, used in the original film.
They drove through Turkey, Iran, United Arab Emirates, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia and Singapore, before shipping the car to Australia.
Mother-of-two Carolyn, 43, a police officer, said: We cant believe were here in something we knocked up in the garage.
The big celebration will come once we get to Brisbane to see friends who migrated two years ago.
Nick, 42, a Marks & Spencer manager, built the car for Chitty fan Carolyn after buying her the 1968 movie DVD and tickets for the London stage show.
The 80mph Chitty was built using a Corgi toy car and movie stills as a guide. The chassis is that of a 1973 Land Rover.
Chitty grew from vintage cars, boatyard odds-and-ends and a Singer sewing machine.
The trip raised 5,000 pounds for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the World Wildlife Fund.
The couple will ship Chitty home and follow by plane in June. (ANI)
- Car buff converts old Land Rover into Chitty Bang Bang replica - Sep 20, 2010
- 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' car to be auctioned off in LA - Nov 26, 2010
- A Pakistani man with a passion for toy cars - Jun 13, 2011
- Iconic 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' car could fetch $2M in auction - Apr 27, 2011
- 'Harry Potter' car up for auction - Feb 14, 2011
- 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' flying car to be featured in new series of books - Mar 23, 2011
- NASA's next Mars rover arrives in Florida - Jun 24, 2011
- Stiller to play Brand's role in 'Rentaghost' - Oct 15, 2011
- Lord Mountbatten's daughter joins campaign to save HMS Whimbrel from scrap yard - Feb 16, 2010
- 'ET' voted 'Greatest Film Of All Time' - Aug 03, 2010
- NASA plans Mars landing in August - Mar 06, 2012
- Actor Dick Van Dyke Rescued by Porpoises! - Nov 10, 2010
- Tata's Jaguar Land Rover, China's Chery in joint venture - Mar 21, 2012
- Worker dies at Jaguar Land Rover factory - Sep 27, 2011
- Land Rover introduces world's first iPad-equipped car - Feb 10, 2011
Tags: burma, cambodia, chitty bang bang, chitty chitty bang bang, daily express, fairytale, fragments, france belgium, germany austria, isle of wight, land rover, last september, munich, neuschwanstein, neuschwanstein castle, police officer, sewing machine, six months, united arab emirates, wife carolyn