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Check out this hot tub 'speed' machine

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Rodrigo Cokting
Staff writer

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 10:29 AM - Hollywood, you may just have your next big movie.

When Duncan Forster and Phil Weicker met in 1997, they could have no way of knowing they would one day go on to make history as the creators of the world's fastest hot tub. It started with a quote from Ernest Hemingway: "Always do sober what you say you'd do drunk, that's the only way you'll learn."

When Forster and Weicker were undergrad engineering students at McMaster they were faced with a less-than-ideal situation: an abandoned 1982 Chevy Malibu at their student house. As any good innovative thinker would, the pair saw a solution where others saw a problem. They cut off the roof and turned it into a fully operational hot tub. And so 'The Carpool' was born.

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The Canadian-themed hot pool was the talk of the town. Students celebrated as the Carpool pulled into local parties and soon its reputation grew. By 2001 the Carpool was a prize exhibit at the Canadian International Auto Show.

The project has since grown. Their kickstarter page exceeded its $10,000 goal allowing the pair to continue developing the Carpool. Their third hot tub—the Carpool DeVille—has been worked on over the last six years. Not only are they focusing on improving its heating, suspension and plumbing but they are also working on making sure that the hot tub/car hybrid will meet the Southern California Timing Association—or SCTA— racing requirements.

The final test was at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. It's a salt pan in the northwestern part of the state and is known for the many land speed records set at the "Bonneville Speedway"—an area marked out for motor sports.

Now Forster and Weiker say they have set a new world record: the world's fastest hot tub. While confirmation is still pending, one thing is for certain. Walt Disney was right when he said "If you can dream, you can do it."

With files and pictures from Kickstarter and Phillip Weicker.

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