A family in northwest Nebraska built a Ford Mustang out of snow so lifelike that a state trooper gave it a ticket.
During Saturday’s snow in Chadron, Jason Blundell, a 43-year-old concrete plant manager, and his two teenage kids shoveled neighboring driveways into a massive mound and created a work of art. They spent five hours sculpting a clone of the 1967 Ford Mustang GTA that they store in their garage, then they posted a photo to Facebook.
That caught the eye of Nebraska State Patrol Sgt. Mick Downing, who attends the same church as the family. He drove by and recorded himself giving the sculpted car a pretend tow notice, then posted the video on the patrol's social media channels.
“Holy cow, this thing blew up,” Downing said Monday. “One of my friends in Gretna said the BBC picked this up, (as did) some news organization in Australia.”
Jason, his 17-year-old daughter Shelby (like the Mustang) and his 15-year-old son Spencer (not like the Mustang) used a skid loader, concrete wood floats, shovels, ice scrapers and a squirt bottle to create the Mustang, now known on social media as the #SnowPony. Spencer even measured the real car in the garage so they would get the proportions just right.
“We actually had somebody come by while we were building it and they thought we were burying somebody’s car,” Jason Blundell said.
The Blundells have a history of sculpting behemoths out of snow, but this is the first time one of their creations has gone viral.
They have built several 7-foot-tall Easter bunnies during spring blizzards. After an October storm, they built a 6-foot-tall jack-o'-lantern, hollowed it out, lit a candle inside and painted the snow orange. They once even built a giant toilet.
“The start of that was to get my kids off their cellphones for a day,” Blundell said. “Normally, we don’t do much with (the sculptures). We just take a couple pictures of them for ourselves. It just happened that our state trooper buddy came up to do a joke and it blew up.”
Downing said he never did the paperwork for the tow notice. It never would have held up in court.
“If it would’ve been a real car," he said, "it was parked just fine.”