July 1, 2012 3:35 AM Subscribe
posted by MartinWisse (27 comments total)
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You may have seen these small little triangular shaped cars
riding around on the bicycle paths in Holland. Called Cantas, these are sold exclusively to people with disabilities, though there is a lively secondhand market in them as more people turn away from cars to much cheaper scooter mobiles. Only Cantas are legally allowed to ride on bicycle paths or pavements though and only Cantas have had a ballet designed for them
The ballet is part of a larger project celebrating the Canta, which included tv and radio documentaries as well as a book celebrating the history of the car, written by Karin Spaink. It turns out that while the Canta is a Dutch design, it's been inspired by Ferrari race cars and hence its standard colour is Ferrari red. Perhaps this should not come as a surprise as the inventor, Dick Waaijenberg, was an ex-racing driver. His factory still makes them and is now "the largest car manufactory in the Netherlands", though that's more by default than anything else. Each Canta is hand made for a particular customer and they're not cheap, costing some 12,000 euros. But as Spaink explains they do give back mobility to people who can't walk, bike or sometimes even drive a proper car and they can be used anywhere, from the main roads to the pavement.
As important, if you're in a Canta, you're cool
, not pitied. As Spaink says: nobody ever is jealous of your wheelchair or crutches, but they are of your Canta.
More Youtube Canta videos: Rehearsal of the Canta ballet
, trailer for the televison documentary about it
, the ballet itself
, using a wheelchair adapted Canta