Roaring Fork Volvo displays car made of Lego
GLENWOOD SPRINGS Passengers and drivers in cars and trucks do a double-take.A man and his young son approach the vehicle to get a closer look.Two brothers walk up to the corner of Sixth and Maple and inspect the car’s chassis.”Don’t ask me to buff that thing,” jokes Kevin Fair, of Glenwood Springs.”Pretty neat, ain’t it,” his brother says.A man points his camera phone out in front of him and snaps a quick photo.
It’s not every day a guy comes across a life-size Lego project.Especially when the pieces fit together perfectly to make a sports utility vehicle.The Lego XC90 arrived at Roaring Fork Volvo Thursday afternoon, towed from Vail to the corner of Sixth and Maple. The Volvo SUV is made of red, black and gray Legos. A few yellow and clear toy pieces create the headlights. The car’s tires are real.”I think in the 24 hours since it’s been here, it’s been overwhelming,” said Randy Tuggle, Roaring Fork Volvo general manager, standing outside of the dealership Friday afternoon. “I would not have expected it. People don’t know what it’s made of.”A group of teenage boys walk by the car, on their way to the bus stop.”It’s just a car with Legos glued to it,” one of the boys says.Actually, the Lego XC90 is hollow.
An average of five builders worked together at the Lego’s North American headquarters in Connecticut for two months to build the car. If it were a solid vehicle, the Lego XC90 would weigh 2,930 pounds.”Who knew?” Tuggle says.The Lego XC90 will be turning heads at the corner of Sixth and Maple through the first week of December.”If I would’ve known a career in Legos would have taken me that far, I would have stuck with it,” he adds.Fair didn’t play with Legos as a kid – GI Joes and BB guns were more his speed – but he’s still impressed with the Volvo build.Just as long as he doesn’t have to buff it.
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