Businessman buys car disguised as Thunderbirds transporter

Thunderbirds are go… in Ilford! Businessman buys car disguised as the iconic TV show’s heavy equipment transporter and drives it through the streets

  • Couple who run limo company buy Thunderbirds 2 to hire out for weddings
  • Carl and Elaine Westwood had to call a halt to limo business during pandemic
  • It has a suitably loud engine and is supposed to be able to reach 90mph speeds
  • Locals in Ilford, Essex have already spotted the machine driving on the roads

Fans of Thunderbirds will be thrilled to know that the location of Tracy Island has been discovered. Apparently, it’s in Essex.

Thunderbird 2 has been spotted on the roads by delighted locals – and some rather nervous drivers.

The machine was bought by a limo company in Ilford to ‘make people smile’. 

Carl Westwood is pictured above. Fans of Thunderbirds will be thrilled to know that the location of Tracy Island has been discovered

Carl and Elaine Westwood, who have run LA Stretch Limos for 25 years, had to call a halt to business during the pandemic. 

But they decided to ‘give the company a boost’ by buying the vehicle from a dealer who had used it for promotional purposes.

It has a suitably loud engine and is supposed to be able to reach speeds of 90mph. 

Thunderbird 2 has been spotted on the roads by delighted locals – and some rather nervous drivers

But Mr Westwood, 52, said: ‘I find that hard to believe.’

The couple hope to hire out the car, which started life as a Toyota, for weddings.

Mrs Westwood, 54, said: ‘Everyone has been filming it. We hoped it would make people smile and give everyone a laugh and it seems to have done that.’


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The couple hope to hire out the car, which started life as a Toyota, for weddings. The interior is pictured above

The machine was bought by a limo company in Ilford to ‘make people smile’. The transporter in the TV show is pictured above

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