LITTLESTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – A Pennsylvania man gives the phrase “burning rubber” a whole new meaning.
Noah Russell, of Littlestown, works at Breighner’s Tire Center. Tire shop owner Randy Breightner asked him to design and build a float for last year’s Good Ole Days Festival parade. It won first place.
So this year, the 20-year-old wanted to go bigger and better. His latest creation is an 8-foot tall fire-breathing dragon made from old tires.
“I made the wings out of metal to give them a little more support, and then I have coat hangers to push out the wings a little bit, give them more of a bevel shape,” Russell said.
“I used implements because I like the pattern. It kind of gave it like a cool effect for the belly of the dragon,” he said. “Then I used, like, turf tires that would be on mowers because they were easy to cut, easy to mold, for everything else. It gives kind of a scaly look to it.”
“I had these whitewall tires that I used for the teeth and the horns,” he said. “I’ve been saving these for about six months. We had an old-style car come in with classic whitewalls on it, and i just saved them.”
A motor pushes on a can of butane and sends it through a long brake line. The gas is then ignited by a coil that is heated by remote control to make the dragon breathe fire.
“Honestly, I hope they love it as much as I do,” Russell said.Grab the FREE WDTN News App for iPhone or Android. Stay up to date with all the local news, weather and sports as well as live newscasts and events as they happen.