*See photos and video below*
What's the gift that will make "scrooge smile"? According to Neiman Marcus, the "Cupcake Car." (Wouldn't have been our first guess).
This mobile muffin is too weird for words. Check out the customizable, $25,000 ride below:
Neiman encourages you to "Bring it to work and buzz the breakroom." Honestly? Only if you're an Umpa Lumpa.
The Cupcake Car was featured in Neiman Marcus' 2009 'The Christmas Book' holiday catalog, accompanied by this description:
Put on your matching hat, slip under the muffin top of your Cupcake Car, and let the world figure itself out for awhile. Get (or give) the sheer, joyful chaos of a gift that is mind-blowing, triple-dog-dare, double-infinity forever cool. Make the kids or grandkids literally squeal with joy. Bring it to work and buzz the breakroom. Crash parades! Putter about the 'hood. Ever had a crowd of kids chasing after you just for the crazy gleeful heck of it? (No worries, the top speed is a comfy-safe 7 mph.) What's it made of? A 24-volt electric motor, a heavy-duty battery, sheet metal, wire, fabric, wood...and mad genius. Launched at Burning ManSM as a cooperative art car project, the Cupcake Car sprang from the fevered mind of Bay Area artist Lisa Pongrace and her less-rules-more-laughs posse of artists and techno geeks. Yours will be tricked out with your favorite topping, so start thinking flavors.
It should come as little surprise that the Cupcake Car has its roots in Burning Man, the annual mayhem, mutant-mobile, and techno-music-filled event that takes place annually in the Nevada desert.
See some of the early Cupcake Cars in action below.
For more pictures, see William Keller's Muffin and Cupcake Car blog.