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Grateful undead

Grateful undead

April 21st, 2017 by Helen Wilbers in Local News

John McMahon and his friend's dog, Ted, lean on the hood of his zombified car. McMahon stopped in Fulton this week on his way home to Canada from the Houston Art Car Parade.

Photo by Helen Wilbers /Fulton Sun.

In Fulton, on Thursday, the dead drove among us.
Or, at least, a certain zombie flesh-covered Toyota Corolla did.
"I was only stopped by the police once on this trip," owner John McMahon said of his border to border excursion. "They just ran my license and registration, then said, 'We've got to get some pics uh, for our records.'"
McMahon stopped in town to visit a friend, Heather Trotter, on his way back home from the Houston Art Car Parade in Texas. He's still got a long way to drive — he lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
"The zombie on top kept trying to pull the roof off whenever I passed a semi truck," McMahon said of his unusually decorated jalopy. "I'm going to have to modify that."
McMahon has been creating art cars — elaborately decorated vehicles — ever since he decided to paint murals all over the second car he owned.
"I hadn't even heard of art cars," McMahon said. "I happened to be in San Francisco with the car when they had the first ever (ArtCar Fest)."
He was hooked. Since then, he's decorated four more cars. This is the zombie car's third incarnation, he said.
"The first two broke down before I could finish them," he added.
McMahon said he's planning to add tailfins made of zombified mannequin parts before his next art car show. His vehicles draw a lot of looks and requests for photos.
"If you minded people taking pictures, you'd go nuts," he said.
But it does get under his skin when people say he must have a lot of spare time.
"No, I have just as much time as you — but I don't watch TV," he said.