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Videographer / Director: Nick Cunard
Producer: Emma Pearson
Editor: Kyle Waters
Andy Saunders blends automation and innovation, to create quirky vehicles that wouldn't look out of place in an art gallery.
The 52-year-old from Poole in Dorset has created an exhaustive list of customisations in his glittering career - including a flat car that stands at just 21ins high, and a Hyundai which splits apart and opens out in two.
Andy has also created 'Picasso's Citroen'- an abstract and aysemtrical 2CV model, which is his tribute to Picasso's Three Musicians.
The gifted customiser has created 52 incredible cars over the years, which have been sold to buyers all over the world and entered the world record books.
His petrol-headed passion was ignited at the age of 15, when he worked on a Mark-1 Ford Escort with his father.
The young customiser never looked back, and still has the same love for his work 37 years later
Andy said: “Customisation to me is creativity.
"It’s a life force, it’s a passion.
“To me, customisation is art. It’s a creative life force.
"Unless you have done anything creative you are not going to understand, but to exhibit this at the big car shows is no different to being at an art gallery, in my opinion.
"I just love the creativity. It’s my life.”
Andy's combination of art and automation earned him 76 public nominations for the Turner Prize, after he entered the competition's abstract art category in 2001.
He exhibited various car-related works at a local arts centre in Poole, and dubbed his showcase the C-AR-T Exhibition.
Among Andy's diverse list of customisations is the 'Mini Ha Ha'- a Mini which he cut into three pieces and shortened by 2ft 7ins.
The vehicle appeared on the BBC's Top Gear, and motorists could pull off a wheelie in the car when driving in reverse.
Andy’s most recent project is a restored Fiat 500 Jolly, which he built on Saturdays for respite while his mum was dying.
He said: "I cared for her a lot.
"I'd go into the garage and just beat out all my pent up frustration on this.
"It’s been finished three years and I have only ever been out on the road about three times in it.
"This particular car is a restoration but what I started with was the remnants of a very rusty Fiat 500 Jolly.
"So this has been fabricated to be that car.
"There is something about the 500 Fiat Jolly- it’s kind of beach buggy-ish (sic) but it has not got the hippy sort of connection that the beach buggy had.”
Andy is currently restoring a pre-wartime Hudson, but customisations is where his passion truly lies.
He said: "The dedication of my life’s work to this is pleasure.
"I can’t express how exciting it is. Not so much restoration. Restoration doesn’t do it for me the same as when you are creating.
"But when you are creating you cut it all up into pieces and you end up with these parts of crap everywhere- piles of rubbish.
"I can spend every single hour of my wake working because it excites me so much.”