Jurassic classic Jeep gets the thumbs up from locals

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Ryan Crothers with his Jurassic Park inspired Jeep.
Camera IconRyan Crothers with his Jurassic Park inspired Jeep. Credit: Gavin Box, The Geraldton Guardian

They call him Dinosaur Man — and with good reason.

Ryan Crothers has been turning heads around Geraldton with his Jurassic Park-themed Jeep.

“I’ve got the Jurassic Park stickers on the side and the wheel cover so people know it’s a dinosaur vehicle,” he said.

“When I drive around the kids love it, they give me a bit of a wave. Some of them say ‘you’re the dinosaur man’. But I find the big kids love it as well.

“Dads are always asking me ‘have you seen any dinosaurs?’

“Sometimes people see me at the shop and they say ‘we were wondering who drives that car’.”

The 33-year-old teacher and film buff said he bought the Jeep after moving to Geraldton from Perth about five years ago.

Ryan Crothers was hooked when he saw Jurassic Park as a seven-year-old.
Camera IconRyan Crothers was hooked when he saw Jurassic Park as a seven-year-old. Credit: Gavin Box

“It looked so much like one of the Jeeps out of the movies that I put the stickers on the side and that was pretty much it,” he said.

“I’m a little bit of a kid at heart.”

Seeing Jurassic Park at the cinemas in 1993 was an unforgettable experience for the seven-year-old Ryan. His obsession with the movie has lingered ever since.

“I loved it — I was scared and excited,” he said.

“I wasn’t too scared of the T-Rex, but I’ve got to admit my heart skipped a beat when the raptors came out and were hunting the two children.”

But what of the sequels?

“There’s something to like about all the movies, but I can’t go past the classic,” Mr Crothers said.

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