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Tin Can Tarot Varda

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

It was a homey-looking stainless-steel-sheathed transport, so I decided to contact the owner of the vardo.

“Been passing by the parked “Tinct” often on my morning commute from the southlands. That thing is definitely compact and I’d like to know its history – where you bought it, who modified it, etc., just out of curiosity.”

Madam Colleen responded:

“Thanks for your interest in Tin Can Tarot trailer.
It was an old 4×6 hauling trailer we cut off to use the trailer bed and build a new structure with maximum interior space possible, and that was round so it became a tin can. It is all custom fabricated by me and a variety of BurningMan friends and artisans who donated time and skills and other parts I paid for. It was and is a true labor of love.”

I didn’t ask her about my future. I already know more than I want to.

[More here and here.]

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YAY! Bumpercars! YAY!

Sunday, 11 March 2012


[via email from 1389AD]
We’ve featured Rat Rods before, but now it’s time for some street legal mobiles that would make Ralph Nader crawl into a freshly dug grave just to roll over.

Yes, you read that right; these little beasties are street legal.

They run on either Kawasaki or Honda motorcycle engines and co-opt vintage bumper car bodies into the most awesome form of mini-car we’ve seen in too long. There are seven of these little monsters floating around California and they’re all the creation of one man, Tom Wright, a builder in the outskirts of San Diego who figured the leftovers of the Long Beach Pike amusement park needed a more dignified end than the trash heap.

They were originally powered by two cylinder Harley Davidson Motorcycle engines but they rattled like heck because of the two cylinder vibration and Tom replaces them with four cylinder Honda or Kawasaki 750’s and a couple have been measured as capable of 160 MPH, which is terrifyingly fast in machines with such a short wheelbase.

Are these true Babe Magnets? For sure, and they’re Unsafe At Any Speed, which is just how we like it on Tacky Raccoons.


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