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Replica car puts Ghostbusters on call in Northern Ireland

By Laura Abernethy

If there's something strange in your neighbourhood, there's only one man to call - Mike Barr from Larne.

The car fanatic has just finished converting an old American hearse into a replica of the car seen in Ghostbusters.

With the franchise being revived with a new film, Mike thought it was the perfect time to build the vehicle.

Mr Barr, who owns Star Car Hire, has previously recreated the A-Team's van, Starsky and Hutch's Gran Torino, The Dukes of Hazzard's General Lee and a Bumblebee Camaro similar to that seen in Transformers. However, making a model of the vehicle featured in the Ghostbusters films had always been something of a personal dream.

"I always wanted to have a car like the original one from the first two Ghostbusters movies," he explained.

Mr Barr tracked down an old black hearse in the US and converted it to look like the Ecto-1 1959 Cadillac featured in the films.

"We brought the car in without even seeing it, and we shipped it over from the States," he told the Belfast Telegraph. "It was just an unused black Cadillac funeral hearse, and it had been well looked after, but we've completely transformed it."

Mike and some friends converted it in just six weeks, picking up parts at scrapyards and painting the vehicle white.

They also bought a huge light from Canada, added a vinyl roof and completed the look by sticking the Ghostbusters logo on the side of the vehicle.

The motor has already created a stir, with some couples choosing it as an unusual wedding car.

"I've had people pulling up beside me on the M1 and taking videos," Mike said.

"It's not just car people who like it - everyone knows the Ghostbusters car, so it really does turn heads. It brings smiles to everyone when I drive by because it's so ridiculous."

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