Thursday, June 23, 2005

Claw Foot Bathtub Oddities - Part 1

Your Honor, if it may please the court – Vintage Tub & Bath would like to offer into evidence four examples of the mischief that occurs when you mix claw foot bathtubs with people who have too much time on their hands. I will limit this post to photos that show the all-purpose claw foot bathtub in its transportation role.

Exhibit A: The claw foot bathtub as a kayak.

These stills, which have the same general photo quality as a run-of-the-mill grainy Bigfoot image (Source:, show a man using a claw foot bathtub (?) as an improvised kayak on Oregon’s Rogue River. How they actually got the tub to stay afloat while running a set of rapids is beyond me but they did. Amazing.

Exhibit B: The claw foot bathtub as motorcycle?

The fine folks at have a nice image of two adventurous souls driving a claw foot bathtub chopper. We are not certain if this an actual motorcycle or just an oversized go-cart. In any event, you gotta love those custom painted flames!

Exhibit C: The claw foot bathtub as an automobile.

This is the best example of the marriage between the internal combustion engine and claw foot bathtub I can find. The photo says it all – wow!

Show Busters Stars and Cars built this over-the-top wonder. They also build cars for Hollywood movies. Check out other examples of their custom-built cars here.

Tomorrow: the claw foot bathtub as musical instrument, meditation device, and garden sculpture.