From the first look, you can tell that Jeff Norton’s car isn’t any ordinary car. Invented in Germany in the 60’s, Norton can be seen driving his Amphicar, one of the roughly 500 amphibious cars left in the world today.
This is the third year Norton has had the Amphicar and it inevitably attracts a crowd at any boating location he takes it to.
“Initially they might be horrified or in disbelief but then they realize ‘Ok, everything is fine; that car is supposed to be there!’ It’s a lot of fun,” Norton jokes.
Norton has joined forces with Parkinson Society Manitoba to raise money in memory of his father, Bryan Norton. The summer 2012 Swim kicked off on July 12, 2012 at the Half Moon Drive Inn in Lockport. The kick-off raised about $1300, and Norton hopes that the 2012 Swim can raise $20,000 for Parkinson Society Manitoba.
Rides in the Amphicar are available free of charge, but a donation of at least $10 to Parkinson Society Manitoba is strongly encouraged. More information about the Amphicar and the Manitoba destinations it will be visiting this summer can be found at www.offthebeachandpath.ca
Norton and the Amphicar can be currently found at The Forks for those who would like to go for a drive down the river. However, riders beware! You may not come out as dry as you were when you went in!