by Karthik Venkataraman, SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS)–
A passion for the 1984 sci-fi, comedy movie Ghostbusters inspired two Syracuse men to replicate the car from the movie, the Ecto 1.
“I had the fake packs, I had the guns, I had Slimer; we ran around with the brothers in the neighborhood, we took care of business,” designer of the car, Tony Liberatore said.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re five years old or 90 years old, go up to anyone with this car and say ‘who you going to call?’ and they will yell Ghostbusters,” car owner, Graziano Zazzara said.
The two men run Fright Nights at the New York State Fairgrounds every year, and they wanted to come up with something to fit the theme for Halloween.
They looked for 10 years for the perfect car before they were able to buy a 1973 Cadillac from an ambulatory service that was just using the car for display.
The car was originally a vinyl ambulance car in the 1970s and 1980s.
“All its bells and whistles, lights, sirens, it’s got some old equipment for pumping blood. Try to keep it as original as possible,” Liberatore said.
They transformed the emergency vehicle, building everything on the top of the car from scratch. The project took about a year to finish.
The car is drive-able and it always draws a reaction from the community.
“Smiles, that’s all you get is smiles. You stop at a traffic light, you look around and all four corners All you see are people with their cellphones taking pictures,” Zazzara said.
Zazzara and Liberatore still want to add some more items to the top and make it to where Slimer can swing outwards.