In the great city of St. Louis, it’s important to keep spirits up among what is going on in this crazy time, and one resident is trying to just that. He created a car to go along with the coronavirus theme, and it is a play on the familiar films we know as Ghostbusters, you can call this one Coronabusters!
That’s why he’s creating COVI-1.
Spirits and specters are scary, and so is the coronavirus, Timpe said. Decorating the car is his way to remind people that there are things you can do to stay safe — like washing hands, disinfecting and staying home. And you can still have fun.
“The corona thing is a serious thing, but I kind of wanted to put a little lightheartedness into it,” he said. “It’s supposed to remind you about what you can do and make you smile about what you are supposed to be doing.”
Timpe, a retired truck driver, bought the white 1965 Chevrolet Impala about 15 years ago. It was covered in rust. He rebuilt the motor, put in disc brakes and gave it a new paint job.
He has six cars — each with their own purpose. The pickup is good for the maintenance work he does while the others are good for road trips or grocery shopping. The Impala is all about fun.
“It was old. It was pretty solid, and it made me smile,” said the father of five and grandfather to eight. “1965 was the year I got my driver’s license. Those cars were all over when I was a kid.”
A few years after he bought it, his daughter remarked how the car looked like the one in Ghostbusters. It sparked an idea that he has slowly built on, adding a moving spirit-detecting radar, tanks to hold captured ghosts and sirens to the roof. It has a speaker to play the movie’s theme song and a spare battery to run all the lights.