Even when approving items for schools and parks, it’s rare that youngsters should get excited for things approved by local governments. This was one of those rare weeks.
At a short meeting of the Cumming City Council on Tuesday, members of the council voted 5-0 to move ahead with the purchase of two golf carts made to resemble Tow Mater and Lightning McQueen from Disney/Pixar’s “Cars” movie series.
Those attending the city’s first Food Truck Fridays event recently may have noticed a Tow Mater golf cart, though it does not belong to the city.
“I took my personal Tow Mater golf cart to our food truck event, and it was such a big hit with the kids,” Mayor Troy Brumbalow said in a follow-up interview. “It wasn’t planned to give kids rides. We just took it up there kind of figuring they’d see it and enjoy looking at it. Next thing you know, I’m riding kids for three hours straight.
“We kind of promoted to come see Mater at the food truck event. We had little boys that were coming with their Lightning McQueen Matchbox cars, and they were all in awe of it.”
Brumbalow said Tow Mater should be ready this week, and Lightning McQueen in about three weeks. The carts each cost about $7,000 and are from a business in Newnan that specializes in replica carts.
“He also does Batmobiles —golf cart and full-size — replicas,” Brumbalow said. “He’s done Luke Skywalker’s landspeeder as a golf cart that you can’t even tell is a golf cart. It looks like it is hovering above the ground.”
Brumbalow said the city typically uses rented golf carts for several events each year and city officials had discussed getting new, standard carts.
“We kind of already talked about purchasing a few, and the character cars we just thought would make it a lot of fun for the kids versus a normal golf cart,” Brumbalow said. “We’ll get a lot of use out of it.”
He said the carts are planned for city events such as the Cumming Country Fair & Festival and celebrations for Fourth of July and Christmas.
“We’ll have them anywhere we can have them and give kids rides or pick up people from the handicap parking lot at the fairgrounds,” Brumbalow said. “I think they’ll get a lot of use.”