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On the front is a special custom grille made by
Maxim Motor Co. in Middleborough, Massachusetts
- a now-defunct automobile manufacturer that specialized in firefighting equipment.
"They made this particular front end for a
They made
1992 Yamaha golf car,"
this particular
Searles said. "It was cusfront end for a tom. That's why it's the
1992 Yamaha
only one in The Villages."
golf car. It
Searles and her brother, Jan Haddox, first nowas custom.
ticed the golf car for sale
That's why
while out shopping. Even
it's the only
though neither of them
one in The
have a history with the
Villages.
fire department, they still
- Melody Searles
fell in love with the golf
car and had to have it.
Along with the firefighting equipment - including a vintage mask, air tanks, a lantern and an ax
- the golf car also comes equipped with a CD player
and sound system, flashing lights, a siren and a custom cover with a Mickey Mouse cutout on the back.
The "We Are...Marshall" license plate adds the
finishing touch on the back. Haddox is a retired
- or as he calls it, a recovering - educator from
Marshall University, and he wanted to pay homage to
the school.
The custom golf car gets attention around The
Villages, and Searles cannot leave the house without
receiving at least a few requests for photos. Photo
requests never bother her, however, and she's more
than happy to let people sit in the car for a one-of-akind selfie.
After taking it to The Villages Golf Cars for maintenance, Searles discovered the golf car was older than
originally advertised, and parts for it were becoming
increasingly difficult to find.
"The people at The Villages Golf Cars are wonderful," Searles said. "They said it was getting to the point
where we aren't going to be able to replace stuff."
Searles doesn't mind, though. She and Haddox are
more than willing to pay what they need to keep their
little piece of firefighter history on the road.
"We don't care - we love it and we're going to
keep it," Searles said. "We'll let it nickel and dime us.
It's just so much fun."
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