I can’t say that an exhibition about cars is something that would ever float my boat generally. I can’t drive, I’ve never even had a lesson and the provisional license I finally got when I was 20 something ran out about two years ago. Yeah, I’m not bothered about cars.
So it was pretty weird to find myself at Coventry Transport Museum on a Saturday looking round an exhibition called Cartists. That’s almost a shit enough pun for the title to be funny. Almost. Fortunately, the exhibition was also weird. Not weird in a gym knicker fabric hanging on an A frame kinda way. More weird in a some people with actual talent have let their imagination loose on a bunch of cars kind of way.
There was a Citroen Berlingo covered in eyes; a wreck with a woman’s face in it, a literally crazy Golf and a Rover SD1 with figures that go all 3D when you put the glasses on.
My favourite was the The Zulu Voodoo Liberation Taxi. What’s not to like about a taxi being driven by a skeleton in a red wig and covered in tiled flames, panthers and skulls. I would learn to drive if that was my car. I am not sorry for taking so many pictures of it. The interior was amazing as well. I wanted to live in it. I think I might redecorate my bedroom.
If you want to see a load of cars made to look loads better than usual (including the one totally sheathed in cardboard), this is the exhibition for you.
Cartists: Reimagining the Car is on until 29th October and entry is free.
Coventry Transport Museum, Millennium Place, Hales Street, Coventry CV1 1JD