If you bunk school and steal your Dad’s Ferrari 250 GT California (we’ve all been there), hoping to run the car in reverse later to take the miles off the clock, ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ taught us it doesn’t work. Even less so if you kick the car whilst it’s running so it reverses through a window and down a hillside. Your Dad will definitely notice that.
Thankfully it wasn’t a real GT California (these days a >$20million car), but a modified MGB in the scene in question, but it looked pretty good to us. As does this, x_Speed‘s recreation of both the 1960s Ferrari and the famous movie scene in which it featured. Clever techniques are in evidence throughout the build and there’s more to see of x_Speed’s Ferrari 250 GT California, Ferris Bueller, Cameron Frye, and Cameron Frye’s Dad’s garage on Flickr via the link.
Wildfire is usually a completely natural phenomenon, and actually quite a useful one, allowing trees to spread their seeds and clearing land for regrowth. California’s latest (and tragic) wildfires are not. Sparked – literally – by crappy electrical equipment positioned over tinder-dry forest, thanks to hotter and drier summers, they have spread with ferocious verocity, claiming the lives of Californian citizens, destroying livelihoods, and wiping entire communities off the map. And in response the President is casting stones on Twitter. Yay.
Thankfully there is one constant source of goodness in these tragedies; the amazing California Fire Department, who have risked literally everything to save whomever they are able. This is one of the tools they have available to assist them, the HME Type 3 4×4 Wildland fire engine. This superb Lego recreation of one of CalFire’s wildfire response vehicles comes from previous bloggee sponki25 and it is well worth a closer look. Head into the forest with the heroes of CalFire via the link above.
This, ladies and gentleman, is the best creation you will see in 2014. It’s the best creation we have ever publicised. It’s probably the best Lego vehicle in the world. This is a Ferrari 250GT California built by Certified LEGO Professional Ryan McNaught aka ‘thebrickman’.
The Ferrari 250GT California is one of the world’s most sought after cars. Appearing in the 1980s cult film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (sort of – the movie’s most famous scene actually used a disguised MGB) did 250GT values plenty of favours, but it was already world-famous long before its starring role.
In the early ’60s Ferrari 250s were driven by Steve McQueen and James Coburn amongst others, and it’s Coburn’s own vehicle that holds the record for the highest price ever paid for a car at auction; $10.7million by British radio and television host Chris Evans in 2008.
Ryan’s astonishing recreation of the 1961 masterpiece contains an estimated 50,000 LEGO bricks – making it almost 1:4 scale – and took him almost four weeks to build.
The beautiful photos shown here come from Ryan’s Flickr photostream, and you can view the complete gallery via the link at the top of this post.
We also highly recommend a visit to Ryan’s website www.thebrickman.com where you can see more of his commission pieces, and you can read about life as one of only thirteen Certified LEGO Professionals in the world.
One of the defining coming-of-age films of the 1980s, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off told the story of one young man’s quest to have a day of extraordinary leisure. It starred Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Grey, Mia Sara, and even (briefly) Charlie Sheen, but the real star of the movie is of course the gorgeous 1961 Ferrari GT California.
TLCB favourite Ralph Savelsberg (aka Mad Physicist) has recreated the beautiful classic from the film (complete with Ferris figure) in his un-mistakable building style, and you can see all the photos at Ralph’s photostream here.