Creative mates invent a spa - in a car

Ronald Viaar, Paul Hilhorst, Marcel Popma (groom), Pieter Lammerschaag, Petra Stobbe and Martijn Slikkeris
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Ronald Viaar, Paul Hilhorst, Marcel Popma (groom), Pieter Lammerschaag, Petra Stobbe and Martijn Slikkeris

If you're looking for your next set of luxury wheels, two Canterbury men may have come up with the perfect solution.

The name is not as famous as a Rolls Royce perhaps, but the Spazar has something extra that your usual vehicle doesn't have - a mobile spa pool embedded in the back.

Ashburton friends Brebner McEwan, an engineer, and Andrew Donaldson, a farmer, created the unusual mix from three cars about seven years ago for the Rangiora Car Show.

ADDING A BIT OF FROTH: Amanda Bisset and Marcel Popma’s wedding guests put the Spazar to the test.
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ADDING A BIT OF FROTH: Amanda Bisset and Marcel Popma’s wedding guests put the Spazar to the test.

They won the Best Use of Wheels category.

Using part of a Holden HZ premier for the nose, a Holden Statesman for the middle, a 350 V8 Chev engine motor and an HG ute for the back, it took the men eight months to complete.

With the eight-wheeled car able to hold 1600 litres of water and up to 24 people altogether, strengthening was important.

"It has a big chassis. Twelve people can fit in the spa and 10 to 12 can sit around the back," McEwan said.

Though the unusual vehicle is not street legal, it can be driven. It has its own heating system and comes complete with a huge barbecue under the bonnet.

Used for weddings, 21st birthdays and stag parties, the Spazar is not likely to get cobwebs anytime soon.

The ingenious designers have known each other since school, and created a mobile bar before coming up with the Spazar.

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McEwan said they had no plans for any other projects right now.

"We've grown up a bit."

 - The Timaru Herald

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