'Speedy Cop' turns abandoned plane into street-legal car
Car enthusiast cop Jeff Bloch amazes basically everyone who sees him as he cruises the streets in a converted plane. The 42-year-old police officer -- dubbed Speedy Cop by his friends -- combined an abandoned Cessna aircraft with a Toyota van to make his jaw-dropping ride.
The 27-foot vehicle was originally built for the 24 Hours of LeMons race in South Carolina, US, but since then, Jeff has made the car street legal.
Needless to say, Jeff's plane/car gets a lot of looks and makes heads turn when it hits the road. At first, most people think a plane has crashed -- but then, they slowly realize what they're looking at.
Though Jeff is mostly known for his wild creation, he has a long career in law enforcement. On his site, he writes:
Since 1996, I have supported my racing and stunt habits by serving as city and highway patrol officer, and have been a part of two different SWAT teams. I spent three years patrolling downtown Washington, DC on horseback full time year-round. I have had the honor of leading the Presidential motorcade from Andrews Air Force Base to the White House, of walking arm-in-arm with the inspirational Coretta Scott King, and of being seated in the center of the front row, directly next to Simeon Wright, for the world premier of the play Anne and Emmet (Anne Frank and Emmet Till). I have protected the President of the United States at Camp David, and at the White House. I have been a team sniper, rappelled from towers and helicopters, followed an instructor's request to chop down a tree with a full auto machine gun, knocked down a door with three stout locks during a drug raid, maintained and driven an Armored Personal Carrier, served numerous search warrants on the homes of armed and dangerous criminals, and have been part of numerous vehicle and foot pursuits.
Now, Jeff says that people follow him for miles. "There's never been anything like this on the street -- I mean obviously, you've never seen a plane driving around in traffic, I'm sure. People follow me for miles, wait for me to pull off the road so they can stop and ask what it is, and how it became what it is."
If you think he gets weird looks on the street, imagine how people react when he goes through the drive-thru for a snack!
Jeff plans to continue driving, and hopes to always live up to his nickname.
Check out his Facebook page to see more of his wild creations, like the Upside Down Camaro he displayed at the San Francisco International Auto Show.
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