By Danny Baggott @Dan_Baggie
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Videographer / director: John-Paul Steele
Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote
Editor: Marcus Cooper
Jerry Patrick, owner of the car customising company AKA Junk, has been recreating classic movie vehicles for the last 10 years.
From the likes of the Batmobile to the Delorean – Jerry takes pride in constructing the most iconic cars that everyone can relate to.
And one of his most recent masterpieces is none other than the cartoon Mystery Machine.
Jerry said: “I was a 51-year-old who grew up with Scooby Doo.
“The Mystery Machine is a 1967 dodge van and it took us about 90 days from start to finish to build it.
“It runs as smooth as you can expect for a fifty-year-old van – the suspension is all stock and rebuilt, the ride and drive is just what you would expect from an old cargo van.”
Jerry’s inspiration for the van was simple – he sat down and watched a number of old episodes of Scooby Doo.
“The main reference we used when we customised the Mystery Machine was, as luck would have it, watch tons of cartoons – we got to freeze frame a bunch of cartoons and get it as accurate as we can,” he explained.
“We do everything in house. It was in an okay state to rough shape for a fifty-year-old van – we brought it back here, stripped it down to raw metal, sand blasted everything on the outside and started the build process.
“We get to see Scooby and Shaggy peeking out the back window, looking down with a Scooby Doo tag for the back handle and the famous purple front and back bumpers.
“We get to open up the doors to reveal the secret compartment inside that’s rarely shown in the cartoons – we kind of took some creative liberties on the inside with about 100 feet of LED lighting and we get to hang out with the gang.”
The replica Mystery Machine can reach speeds of up to 75mph and the building process did not come cheap.
Jerry said: “I get asked from time to time how much certain cars cost to build, with my wife in earshot I’d hate to say the true figure.
“We had to replace all the rubber and all the trim around the windows – a new wind shield at the front, all new rubber and new trim everywhere you look.
“It’s a big project to undertake but it turned out really, really awesome.”
The biggest challenge Jerry faced was the sheer size of the vehicle.
“When you do an older car you’re talking about doing two doors, but this van has six,” he said.
“When you take six doors off and have to replace the door rubber, the paint, the body and everything – it’s a challenge.
“Now that’s a big van when you’re talking about doing the inside, the outside, the roof and the side panels.
“Overall it’s just hard to describe something that’s just that enormous to work on.”
Jerry’s motivation for his next project derives through Facebook and trying to keep everyone happy who follows the work of AKA Junk.
He said: “It kind of started 15 years ago out of necessity, meaning I couldn’t afford to pay someone else to paint my cars and do bodywork, and weld, and do everything else.
“So we started our own show and we have been doing our own thing ever since.
“When we go and do car shows we see garbs of Camaros and Chevelles, but you don’t see too many Mystery Machines or Mach 5 Speed Racers.”