I am an avid lover of all things with a motor, and the creativity and ingenuity that follows suit, especially when it comes to the incredibly unique vehicles you see driving down the road or at some events. I can vividly remember the first time I saw the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile driving through town and my eyes immediately lit up. I have always had a deep passion for making my own vehicles stand out to be a little different from everything else on the road and encompass my personality. While you probably won’t find me building a giant mobile hot dog, I do respect the creativity and ingenuity that was involved in the creation of one of the most iconic vehicles on the road. I’ve seen some pretty amazing DIY car builds out there, like the Volkswagen Beetle that was handcrafted out of wood or the McLaren F1 built from scratch in a guy’s garage, but nothing quite like the one I am about to show you. Two Los Angeles based engineers and long time friends were drunk on beer many years ago at college when they came up with a grand idea to set a world record by building the world’s fastest hot tub. Yes, you read that right, the world’s fastest hot tub!
This is Phil Weicker and Duncan Forster, who are living currently living in Los Angeles, but went to school in Canada. They were attending McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario where they were inspired to create a one of a kind mobile hot tub. That was in 1996. They’ve been planning this venture for a while and every single detail has been covered.
They needed something big, yet beautiful, and unique as a platform. In order to be the world’s fastest hot tub, they needed something with a powerful motor. They decided on a 1969 Cadillac Coupe DeVille convertible. This was an ideal chassis because of its sheer size, cool looks, big engine, and strong frame. It was mechanically sound and only cost $800.oo!
After bringing the Cadillac back to the shop, they got started on tearing out the unnecessary interior and bracing the body and frame to accommodate thousands of pounds of water.
They had to completely redesign the interior structure of the car. This included removing the dashboard, all of the seats, and the rear seat panel. They needed as much space as possible in order to lay back and relax in the world’s fastest hot tub.
Once the interior was cut up and customized to their liking and design, they had to mock-up the future hot tub using plywood and MDF (medium density fiberboard).
They took MDF and more plywood and created a negative mold. They had to form the corners and make this surface absolutely perfect. They sanded for what seemed like forever and covered the mold with a special material to give it a perfectly smooth finish.
After the mold was perfected, they covered iy with layers and layers of fiberglass and gallons of resin. Once the tub was dry, they used compressed air to remove it from the smooth mold.
Once the tub was removed from the mold, the duo carefully inspected the finished product, did a little trimming, and deemed it perfect!
The tub was set in place and was a perfect fit. They started to mock up the controls and steering. On top of that, they needed to route the plumbing for the jets, pump, heater, and filter.
A marine grade instrument panel was created using the same fiberglass technique as the tub itself. All of the gauges will be perfectly waterproof and safe from splashes.