By Dan Howlett @DanHowlett85
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Videographer / Director: Chris Watkins
Producer: Dan Howlett, Chloe Browne
Editor: Kyle Waters
Mark Ray designed and built his dream motor after his wife Robyn bet him that he could not do it.
Robyn, 49, had been diagnosed with breast cancer and felt that Mark needed a project to take his mind from being her full-time carer.
He spent a total of £6,000 on merging a GMC Jimmy with a sunken and recovered Sea Ray Bow Rider.
After stripping the boat of its motor, out-drive and interior – including the floor – he built it into the car that had been taken apart and left with only its chassis, seats and motor.
The real estate agent said: “This was a bet that I just couldn’t turn down.
“I’ve always loved cars and my wife knew that – which is why she challenged me to make it.
“It was a lot of work but it was completely worth it.
“Once everything was stripped I had to get to work on getting the two vehicles together and making it street legal.
“I had to put head lights, tail lights, turn signals, a windshield, horn, seatbelts, side-view mirrors and a rear-view mirror.
“I could still take it on to water if I wanted to but unfortunately it would sink.”
Mark, 56, built the car around three years ago and loves to take it for a spin around his native city of Atlanta, Georgia.
“I get mobbed wherever I go,” added Mark.
“People love it – I always get people doing a double take whenever I’m on the highway, it’s great.
“It’s not the most practical car in the world but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Somebody tried to buy it from me for £19,500 ($30,000) but I turned them down flat.
“My four children would not be happy if I parted with the boat car.
“I’ll be passing it on to them when I’m gone.”
Now Mark has his sights firmly set on a much more ambitious project.
“The next thing I’m working on is a plane car,” added Mark.
“It will be tough but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to fuse a plane and a car together by the end of summer.
“If people got a kick out of the boat car then they’re certainly going to love this.”