The Mutant Brothers Blog.

The World Needs More Whimsy Grand Tour.

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by Steve Braithwaite

­On April 11th 2018 the Big Banana Car set off from Santa Monica in California on, what is being called, The World Needs More Whimsy Grand Tour.

Almost straight away it was in a crash!

I stopped for a red light on Santa Monica boulevard, right across from the iconic Beverly ‌Hills police station, the one featured in the movie Beverly Hills Cop, but the car behind didn’t stop. There was no screeching of tyres. The car just drove into the back of the Big Banana Car!

His car unfortunately received severe front end damage.20180411_132932

If you look closely at the right side of the trailer hitch on the back of the banana car (yes the banana car has a trailer hitch) you can see a series of faint marks that were not there before.


Ron Kutt and I fabricated the rear bumper and its strength is due, in no small measure, to Rons welding skills.

(Just look at that wonderful shadow of a palm tree. Ah California how I love you so.)

It was amazing how quickly the police were on the scene. They must have been looking out the police station window and just leapt up and ran out the door.

No one was hurt and it was clearly the fault of the other driver so I was free to continue on my way.

Nothing could dampen my spirits on that sunny California afternoon, not even a minor “fender bender” as I continued onward knowing that the great American highway and a year of adventure lay ahead.

New signs!

Posted on: November 1st, 2016 by Tom Brown


We have been working diligently on some new signs in the shop. Here is a sneak peak at the one for our lounge area in the Atom Punk style, as opposed the rest of the shop which is more Diesel Punk.

And Belated All Hallow’s….enjoy the remains of Fall!


Last night Amy Schumer v The Big Banana Car

Posted on: October 6th, 2016 by Tom Brown


This might be a bit long but I hope my friends and fans of The Big Banana Car will enjoy it.  Shop girl Emily has been talking about the Amy Schumer show for the last couple of weeks, saying it would be great to give a B Car ride. Attempts to contact Amy’s people on social media were unanswered. She told me yesterday, the day of the show, that she wanted to take the banana car to the show to see if anything happens. I told her go for it.  I was not interested and had decided to stay home. But she sent me a text at 7:30 and said she had a ticket for me. I found the motivation to get to Wings Stadium. Emily had gotten last minute tickets in the 4th row center!

Amy begins her act. Emily has a neon yellow sign that she holds up to get Amy’s attention and ask her to ride in the Big Banana Car. When the star mentions the Banana Car into the microphone the crowd cheered. I had tears in my eyes!  In the 3 years we have had The Big Banana Car in Kalamazoo I have never felt so supported. We were disappointed, however, that Miss Schumer declined our invitation. We hope that someday she may reconsider!


I have heard so many great things people have said about the Banana Car but, the cheers from the large crowd last night was by far the best acknowledgment we have ever received!  THANK YOU KALAMAZOO!  And a huge thanks goes to Shopgirl.  She was determined to have fun, and she knew it would be good exposure for us.  I am very impressed with her tenacity and willingness to be a target of a jokes.  We are glad to have her on board.

Thank you,

Tom Brown

Mutant Brother

Banana Festival! We were there!

Posted on: October 6th, 2016 by Tom Brown


Yes. We were there!

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The good folks in Fulton, KY and E Fulton, TN invited us down to be a part of the Fulton Banana Festival in September. It was such an honor and so much fun! We enjoyed a car show, awesome music concerts, a parade, food and most of all the wonderful people we met. And yes, that is a HUGE vat of banana pudding in front of the Banana Festival Queen!

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Seasons are changing!

Posted on: October 5th, 2016 by Tom Brown


The weather is getting a bit brisk, BUT there is still time to take that ride your kids have been asking for! After school “Banana Car Pick-Ups” are a favorite of children of all ages. We can be scheduled for birthday parties, school events, or just a jaunt around the city.

Adults also dig The Big Banana Car! It is a perfect compliment to Ladies Night Out, Bachelorette/Bachelor parties, weddings, anniversaries, etc. You think of an event, we can probably do it!

Don’t delay! Schedule your experience now before it gets too cold! The Big Banana flies west for the winter.

Call Tom at (269) 806-7063 or email


Banana Car T-Shirts Are Now Available!

Posted on: September 22nd, 2016 by Tom Brown

If you like the car, you will love the shirt. Order an official Big Banana Car T-Shirt!

$15.00 per shirt. $6.00 shipping (up to 6 shirts)

Scroll down all the way to see all styles and sizes….

Mens Grey Big Banana Car T-Shirt


Mens Medium
Mens Large
Mens XL
Mens 2X

Ladies Grey Big Banana Car T-Shirt


Ladies Medium
Ladies Large
Ladies XL
Ladies 2X

Youth Grey Big Banana Car T-Shirt


Youth Small
Youth Medium
Youth Large

Adult White “I Rode The Big Banana Car” T-Shirt


Adult Medium
Adult Large
Adult XL
Adult 2X

Youth White “I Rode The Big Banana Car” T-Shirt


Youth Small
Youth Medium
Youth Large

Please email us at or call (269) 806-7063 with any questions.

Banana On!

The Menards Rocket.

Posted on: May 13th, 2016 by Steve Braithwaite

Menards asked if we could help make their trucks go a little bit faster.
We said sure.

(Not really. We were given a drop tank by the Kalamazoo Air Zoo and this is how we got it back to the shop.)
(Not as exciting right)