America On Wheels
Robert Luczun of Clifton, New Jersey, has covered his 1986 Chevrolet El Camino with paintings detailing the history of the United States of America. Reflecting over 240 years of history—since America’s founding in 1776—the car is covered in flags, battles, inventions, memorials, and cultural icons.
Clifton spent two years to get the car to this point, painting up to eight hours a day on the car, all by hand. He hopes his art can help enhance the historic character of American culture and enhance people’s perspective of their heritage. Not just focused on the past, however, he’s left empty spaces to fill in as the future unfolds.
Clifton not only takes the vehicle to car shows and public events, but also emphasizes his presence at military hospitals, VFW centers, and military base recovery units. Believe it or not, actual sand from the beaches of Iwo Jima is embedded in the paint next to the Marine memorial on the hood.
From conga-dancing dogs and bicycling ballerinas, to hair-raising feats of strength and death-defying motorcycle stunts, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! A Century of Strange! is sure to delight readers of all ages. With over 1,200 weird-but-true stories from around the world and 256 pages of wild and wonderful photography, this year’s collection of all things odd is not-to-be-missed.