Even if you’ve never heard of Blastolene (or the Blastolene brothers), chances are very good you’ve seen its products in various YouTube videos. The Blastolene Special, for example, is a vintage-Indy-racer-styled roadster, powered by a V-12 engine liberated from an M47 Patton tank. Owned by Jay Leno, the car even appears in the Gran Turismo 4 video game.
Founded by artist Randy Grubb, Blastolene is “a group of autonomous artists that are helping each other along their creative path through the application of expertise, not the exchange of monies.” In other words, its about the art and the craftsmanship, not about the profit. Art plays a major role in every Blastolene creation, and all seem to be equal parts sculpture and function.
One of Blastolene’s latest projects is the Decoliner, which blends a 1950 White Model 3000 wrecker cab with a GMC motorhome chassis. It boasts a fly bridge for open-air motoring, and can be driven from either the bridge or the cockpit. Grubb got the idea from a houseboat, and as Farah puts it, “there is nothing about this that isn’t fun.”
Like all Blastolene products, the Decoliner is for sale. Grubb doesn’t talk about the price in the video, but its best to think about it as art, not just a customized bus. If you’ve got the money (and a tall enough garage), the Decoliner is truly one-of-a-kind.