Braithwaite, 59, in the past two years he has spent them driving his banana car, which’s homemade, providing pay-what-you-can rides to support him financially, he become known by the police, they usually pull him over but they’re friendly with him.
he saw the state trooper behind him, and he was driving down U.S. 223 near Adrian, Michigan, on Oct. 27, Braithwaite thought that he will get a ticket.
“We chatted. … He checked my headlights, brake lights, taillights,” Braithwaite said.
Braithwaite explained his banana road trip, which he calls “The World Needs More Whimsy Grand Tour.” The trooper took his license and walked away for a while, and he retuned and handed him the license with something.
“He had wrapped 20 bucks around it!” Braithwaite said. “Then he just said, ‘Safe travels.'”
The trooper went, so Braithwaite, but the $20 kept him thinking, he didn’t get the trooper name, but the next day Michigan State Police posted on Facebook that the trooper, Bill Strouse, was just a few months away from retirement when he came across Braithwaite in the colossal banana.
“As a trooper, you never quite know what you’re going to see each day,” the post said,
After a while Braithwaite posted on the “Big Banana Car” Facebook page what happened with him, and the post got hundreds of likes, shares and cooment, and it got to the media.
“It’s all been quite amazing,” Braithwaite said, and he added that he would love to give the trooper a free ride sometime.
Braithwaite banana car has been featured on “Good Morning America” and drawn the attention of celebrities such as Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell and T-Pain. And it holds the Guinness World Record for “longest custom banana car.”
The reason behind Braithwaite building his car was “to do something completely different and ridiculous.”
“I wanted to build something that no one had ever seen before, [but] it was a two-part plan,” Braithwaite said. “Plan A was build it. Plan B is drive it around the world.”
He wants to visite the 50 state and also cross the globe with his banana, but in the meantime he post about where he want to head next, his trip last five to eight minutes, and the people pay whatever they want.
“One gentleman and his two children gave me a bunch of coins that might have totaled 70 cents,” Braithwaite said. “And then the very next rider took his two kids and gave me three twenty-dollar bills!”
Kids get really excited about the vehicle they smile and gasp to each other
“When I’m driving sometimes, all I can hear behind me are children’s giggles and their absolute delight,” he said. “And that is so nice – I can’t even tell you.”
And about the $20 from the trooper, he wanted to donate to it to a kid in need
“I’ll say ‘This is with the best wishes of a Michigan state trooper,’ ” Braithwaite said.
He said the entire banana experience proves the worth of his guiding maxim: “In life, you should do something ridiculous – and be proud of it.”