Thursday, 9 April 2009


'Pimp' is one of those words which has changed its meaning over the last few years, largely thanks to the 'Pimp my ____ ' TV programmes, which feature a wreck of a car or motorcycle having a huge amount of money and talent thrown at it to achieve some dramatic result - all in an hour.

But the latest incarnation is perhaps not what you'd expect:

'Pimp my Panda'

The 'panda' in question being a police car!

No pics, unfortunately, but here's details & links:

HIGH flying motor vehicle students have beaten off stiff competition to be named winners of Cheshire Safer Roads Partnership ‘Pimp my Panda’ competition.

Based on the popular TV show Pimp My ride, students from colleges across the county took part in the competition to design a ‘pimped up’ version of a police panda van.

The West Cheshire College team of John Hall, Michael Francis, Michael James and Steven Rowlands, supported by tutors Rob Donald and Robert Stevens, set to work creating their own take on the old van which included coming up with designs and developing plans to create it.

Once they were through to the finals, which were held at Cheshire Police HQ in Winsford, the team had to face a grilling by a ‘Dragons Den’ panel of experts, including police and road safety experts, who quizzed them closely on their efforts.

CSRP manager Lee Murphy said: “West Cheshire College was the clear winner due to their unrivalled interpretation of the brief along with their impressive creativity and interactivity within their designs.”

The students’ design will now become reality and the final pimped-up panda will be used as a road safety tool to tour across the county.


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