Forget Wind and Green, This Is the Economic Gimmick for Rhode Island!
What Rhode Islander doesn’t read this and think, “I want one”?
Ken Andrade’s 1964 Amphicar 770 has a unique set of instructions pasted on the dashboard:
“Warning — Before Boating:
1. Put bilge plug in.
2. Secure front luggage deck.
3. Use lower locks to seal doors.”
The instructions serve as a reminder to properly seal the two-door convertible before driving it into the water for a spin.
Multiple states are striving to become the hotspot for the “green industry,” but I’ve yet to hear of any competition to become the global hub of amphibious automobiles. And Rhode Island is perfectily situated, if you ask me. Think of the ease of hopping from Little Compton to Newport to Jamestown to Narragansett, or from Tiverton to Portsmouth to Bristol to Warwick. These towns all sound distant from each other, but in a road vehicle that could slide effortlessly into water, the state would be much more easily traversed.
And we’d save millions in bridge repair (which the state historically accomplishes, it seems, via full bridge replacement).