A 62-year-old man by the name of Mickey Nilsson has transformed a collection of “junk” into a running vehicle that is entirely powered by Kentucky bourbon whiskey.
Photo Credit: The Daily Load
Inspired by the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and a visit from the crew from the television show American Pickers, Nilsson started tinkering.
I’m smart enough to know that I can’t tell the story as well as Nilsson can, so here’s what happened in his own words: “Them two knuckleheads from that TV show ‘American Pickers’ (Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz) stopped by here trying to steal from me. Offering me $200 for my old still. Said I had no use for it since making moonshine was illegal. After that smart-mouthed remark, I shot at em,” declared Nilsson. “Although I did sell the chubby one with the beard an old oil can for $40 before they ticked me off.”
The visit did prove to be quite the motivator however. “After I’d run them off, I kept thinking about what they kept saying to me, ‘what are you going to do with all this stuff, you might as well sell it to us.’ Well that left me pondering. Folks around these parts do a lot of pondering, so it wasn’t really nothing new for me as I ponder about something almost everyday. But this time my pondering gave me an idea, watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”
Inspired and motivated by the film, Nilsson spent the next 6 months in his workshop turning his one-time still and collection of junk into a whiskey sipping motor vehicle. “The car will run on almost any bourbon, but she really purrs on Maker’s Mark” said Nilsson.
Although it’s a pricier fuel option for now, who knows what might happen in the next few months. Gasoline prices have skyrocketed recently, increasing 50% over the past year.
According to the website The Daily Load, the Obama administration has recognized Nilsson’s achievement as “the type of ingenuity that makes this country great. With brilliant minds such as Mr. Nilsson at work, we will soon purge our dependence on the middle east for oil.” But they cautioned our nation still has a large number of winos so securing access to the fuel tanks on these vehicles will be essential, especially in certain urban neighborhoods.
The Daily Load also reports that a deal to produce a consumer version of the Nilsson concept car was recently brokered with automobile manufacturer Nissan. Nissan expects to release the vehicle to the public by 2014. Currently referred to as the Nissan Nilsson, several names are being considered for the new model. The Nissan Alky, the Lush or the sporty sounding Inebriator. That’s got to be a joke, right?
Regardless, cheers to innovation.
[techtags:BOURBON CAR, NISSAN NILSSON, STILL CAR]