The folks at Pfaff Porsche in Ontario, Canada are friends of FLATSIXES, and after this most recent move, we can't help but like them even more. Using some cast off parts, and working with the North York General Hospital, Pfaff has built a race car bed for the pediatrics wing. Hospitals can be scary places for injured and sick kids, and they wanted to make recovery a little more fun by sparking the imagination of patients.
A hospital bed, for the children who need to stay in them, can be boring and sterile (in more ways than just one). With this new project, however, Pfaff is hoping to inspire children to remain in good spirits and keeping their hopes of recovery up. It's not just a bed. It's a race car!
Terry Pursell, President & CEO of North York General Foundation -
“We are thrilled to have Pfaff on board for this partnership. We have all known someone who has needed to stay resident in these beds, whether for a short or long period. It’s important to us that we’re able to offer not only comfort, but safety and a good patient experience for the best possible outcomes during those stays.”
Chris Pfaff, President and CEO of Pfaff Automotive Partners -
“Both of my children were born at North York General Hospital, so I have a personal and emotional connection. I’ve experienced firsthand their superior customer care, one of the ideals to which our own organization aspires. NYGH does great work, and we love the marketing campaign they’ve put together around this initiative. We’ve worked on programs with the hospital in the past, and we know that many of our clients are the hospital’s clients as well. We are excited to partner with NYGH with this leadership investment, and look forward to helping them get the word out about this important program.”
During the unveiling of the car, Chris Green and his Platinum Class IMSA Canadian GT3 Cup Challenge Porsche, an actual racing car, was also on hand to pump up the gravitas and excitement of the announcement. The race car bed's front fenders are taken from an accident damaged 997.1 GT3 RS, the front bumper is from a 997.1 Turbo, and the decklid appears to be a real-deal GT3 Cup piece with the fuel filler hole still in place. The headlights are simple decal graphics. The rear wing of the hospital bed race car is also taken from a real car, and is a cut down version of what Pfaff used on their Audi S5 race car from a few years ago.
Hopefully one of the kids who recovers in this bed is inspired to become a future racing driver thanks to Pfaff and North York General Hospital. What a cool project!