WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Movie Fan Has His Own Ghostbusters Car
There’s something strange in this neighbourhood – one quirky resident runs his day-to-day errands as he drives around town in his very own GHOSTBUSTERS car.
Paul Harborne, from Sedgley, West Midlands, bought a rare 1960 Cadillac miller-meteor in 2010 and estimates he’s spent more than £100,000 doing it up to create the iconic car over the last five years.
Combining his love for classic cars and the cult film, Paul spent three years painstakingly renovating the car – turning it into the ultimate Ecto-1 replica.
And Paul, 53, certainly attracts some interesting reactions when he’s driving his Ghostbusters car around town.
He said: “I do get some weird looks when I’m out and about in it – people look at me like ‘what on earth are you doing’.
“You get all sorts of weird and wonderful comments, it has a good effect on people.
“Someone even asked us once if we were from the air ambulance service!
“Some people look at me like ‘what are Ghostbusters doing here’. It can be quite surreal.
“So many people see me going past and get excited, they’ll flash their lights or beep their horns.
“Sometimes people even get out of their cars at traffic lights, so many people come up to me and say ‘who you gonna call’.
“Taking it for an MOT is always interesting!
“My family thought I was slightly potty but we’ve had a lot of American cars over the years and we’ve always been the sort of family to have a go at anything.”
Paul’s wife Cheryl, a teacher, and his four daughters are remarkably blasé about their movie star car.
He said: “They take it for granted, it’s like having a Mondeo on the drive for them.
“It’s just normal for them, they don’t bat an eyelid.
“They don’t really think of it as a film car in the garage, it’s just our car.
“Cheryl is very nonplussed about the whole thing – as long as it’s got power steering and electric windows she doesn’t care, it’s just another car.
“It’s become part of our life – it’s just the Ghostbusters car to us.”
But despite the family’s nonchalant attitude to their famous car, it still attracts a lot of attention wherever they go.
Paul said: “Every time we go out in the car it’s crazy, it’s mad.
“Everyone who sees it recognises it immediately.
“Everyone wants pictures, they all stop to chat about it – it’s tough to go up the road without being spotted.
“Even if you just want to go for some petrol people follow you, people want to ask questions.
“It’s a very recognisable car.
“One time we pulled up at some red traffic lights on a winter evening and there was a car in front of us, and a block of flats to the left.
“A guy in one of the flats was looking out of his window saw us and he came running out in his boxer shorts, told us to stay put, then ran back in to get a camera and started snapping us – the lights changed and all the cars sat there, they didn’t seem to mind.
“Another time a woman pulled up and got out and was walking towards me, but she hadn’t put the handbrake on so the car was rolling – I started shouting to her but she didn’t hear and just started waving at me – eventually she realised and ran back to put the handbrake on.”
Paul is getting even more attention than ever, with the upcoming release of Ghostbusters 3 scheduled for next year ramping up interest in the quirky car.
“We always end up watching the film when it’s on, even though we know every line – it’s kind of surreal to think the car in the garage is the car that was in that film.
“I’m sure we’ll see the new film when it’s out too.”
Paul has even started using the traffic-stopping car as a source of income, as it has proved very popular for weddings and proms.
He said: “It’s such a popular wedding car, people don’t want the tradition anymore they all want something with a theme or something a bit quirky.
“We also do birthdays, proms, and other events, as well as summer fetes and carnivals.
“I am a big fan of the film, but I also saw it as a business opportunity.”