By Larry Edsall
Christopher and Erik Enriquez’ father, Jessie, is an artist and fabricator and mechanic and woodworker in Tucson, Ariz., who sometimes comes up with rather bizarre ideas, including this one: Create one-of-a-kind urns that look like your favorite scale-model vehicle to hold the cremated remains of car guys (and gals).
And thus Last Rides Custom Urns was perhaps the most interesting if macabre booth at the 2011 SEMA Show.
After consulting a client, they sculpt from clay a scale version of the client’s favorite vehicle -- the one in which he or she would like to take his or her last ride. It may be a car the person restored. Or one they always dreamed of owning.
After sculpting, the urn is cast, hand painted, and mounted on a wooden base.
“The idea behind ‘Last Rides’ came to us one night as we contemplated the current state of the economy and the expense that is incurred even at death,” it says on the company’s website. “We came to the conclusion that planning ahead would be the best way to avoid having loved ones makes these difficult decisions. Since we knew that cremation was our choice, we decided to research what was available in funerary urns. After viewing hundreds of different urns, we realized that none of the urns we had seen expressed anything about us. Contemplation of that final journey and our enthusiasm for cars launched the idea of creating that special car that would provide our ‘Last Ride’ to our final resting place.”
Several customers have taken delivery of their Last Rides and display them in home or office on a sort of buy now, use later plan.
The cremated ashes are added to the urn through the bottom of the vehicle. For details, visit www.last-rides.com.