Sm-ART Cars: Designer’s Spectacular Custom Vehicles

Sm-ART Cars: Designer’s Spectacular Custom Vehicles

ANDY: To me customisation is art. 00:08
COMM: Andy Saunders is an artist, and his cars are his canvas. The car customiser is
renowned for his outlandish creations. With each of his 52 vehicles outdoing the last. 00:20
ANDY: Well these are magazine features on a lot of the cars that I’ve done. Some of
these are really famous now like that was Mini Ha Ha, I done that as my third or fourth
car. 00:30
ANDY: Indecision and Run aground the speedboat, they’re both owned by a big car collector
in London, Claustrophobia is now in Tokyo in a museum. 00:40
COMM: His work has resulted in several entries into the Guinness Book Of World Records, and
he believes car customisation is art, he has exhibited in galleries and even tried to enter
the Turner Prize. 00:54
COMM: Andy from Poole customised his first car before he was even old enough to hold
a UK driving license. 01:00
ANDY: My first customisation was a MK1 Escort called Bird Puller, built by me and my dad.
Bird Puller was actually a bit of a bird puller, but not until I was seventeen because when
I was sixteen and we used to go to the car shows it was driven by my mum. 01:13
COMM: And he’s dedicated his life to his artwork ever since. 01:17
COMM: Andy developed a reputation for himself as a revolutionary in car design. And his
flair for the weird and wonderful has won him countless high profile commissions. 01:27
ANDY: Hyundai launched the cheapest car in the world to have air conditioning and they
came to me and asked me if I would build them an ice cream van to kind of promote the air
conditioning factor. And I had two commissions from them within three weeks. 01:41
COMM: Andy dedicates endless hours to perfect his world record breaking creations. But he
can knock a car together in no time at all if needs be. 01:51
ANDY: Over the last three or four years I’ve been taken on stage at big car events and
had to build cars in ridiculous times. Such as Flat Out for instance was the lowest car
in the world and it was built in three days at Beaulieu. 02:06
COMM: Andy even entered his work for the prestigious Turner Prize. But unfortunately not everyone
sees his work as art. 02:14
ANDY: I’d seen a picture in the newspaper of an out of focus polaroid of Concorde taking
off and it was going to be entered for the Turner Prize and I thought what a load of
rubbish, so I went to the local art centre and said this is what I do, how do I go about
organising an exhibition. I received 76 nominations from the public for that exhibition. At the
end of it there was no response at all from the Tate, the Turner or anyone else. 02:40
ANDY: It’s an art form, it should be recognised as such. After that exhibition I had a man
in Ireland, he actually wanted two or three of my cars. One of them being Picasso’s Citroen.
It was completely re-worked to look like a Citroen 2CV that was asymmetric. I’ve had
many artists come up and say although it’s not out kind of art, it can only be described
as art. 03:05
COMM: When he isn’t cruising around in one of his spectacular vehicles, Andy can be found
hard at work in his garage. 03:13
ANDY: This is my newest project, this is a pre-war Hudson, which is actually a restoration,
the car was so rust free, all of this up in here, all of this, there’s no welding been
done at all, we didn’t have to do any welding, it was just perfect. This car is a 1958 Fiat
Nuova Jolly. What I started with was the remnants of a Jolly and I built this over a period
of a couple of years on Saturdays. They made approximately 540 of them. I’ve got no idea
what the top speed of this is, I’ve had it up to about 50 kilometres and to be honest
with you that’s more than enough. 03:49
COMM: Andy has achieved remarkable success through his hobby. 03:53
ANDY: There’s nothing on cars that I haven’t done or can’t achieve if the budget is there
then it’s possible. I’m not getting bored of it but my creativity is spreading to other
things. A lot of current enthusiasts that haven’t done it think anyone can do this,
they can’t. No one has got the determination to see each project through. 04:10
COMM: But he admits his passion can take over his life. 04:13
ANDY: When you’ve got this much devotion for anything it does affect your personal life.
It is like a drug addiction, everything is completely out of my peripheral view except
the completion of that car.

33 thoughts on “Sm-ART Cars: Designer’s Spectacular Custom Vehicles

  1. It really does need to be looked at as art. Any endeavour where a persons interpretation of something, be it a view, a building or a car, should be treated the same. Art! Outstanding work. Now…how much for the…

  2. Terrible video editing. Some images flash by in such a short fraction of a second, that you can't even pause on them. How about giving each slide at least two seconds?

  3. Hi,
    And a huge thank you for this amazing video, I wonder what a garage thinks of such a car when it come to an annual safety check? And for those around the world who do not know what I mean the safety check is carried out by Law to every vehicle over three years old and from then it must be checked for roadworthiness every year.

  4. Hopefully the next installment of GTA or Saints Row will let me get crazy car customizations like the ones in this video.

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