"At that point in time , it seemed like we were going to rule the world with those five car ts," he laughed. Mr. Sharp was interested in the whole concept, as he and his friends wanted carts for themselves. They found once they star ted using them on the streets of Boca Gr ande and other s followed suit. There was one catch, though. "At that time Gaspar illa Limousine Service was owned by Jack Fur tado," Cucch said. "He kept getting ticketed for driving a car t, and I told him to keep dr iving it and I would keep paying the tickets. The next thing I knew I was making treks back and for th to For t Myers to get the ordinance drafted. Mr. Sharp did the lifting and made phone calls, I went down to For t Myer s as the vendor for the island and got the ordinance changed." Caddy Car ts became a business in the late 1980s, and he incor porated in 1990. It was around that time that Sharp nicknamed him the Car t Boy, and it stuck. It has been a long, str ange trip for Cucch. He has had a wide range of clients, including NASCAR dr ivers like Jeff Gordon, the Petty family and the Earnhar t family. How he became involved with them is an interesting stor y. He began creating specialty flatbed car ts to haul tires and tool boxes at the track. From there he branched out to include making car ts used for hauling on rough ter rain, like ranches and farms. As far as utilitar ian car ts go, he also created one for Skip Perr y and his wife , Tori, They are full-time residents of Boca Grande and have been for years. Skip is a retired professional photographer and Tori is a retired r ace car driver. Retired or not, Skip still shoots ... a lot. He requested that Cucch make him a cart that was more like a jeep, with ample and secure storage for all of his camer a gear. Cucch actually star ted with a cardboard frame on top of the chassis, then covered that with fiberglass. "He literally drew the car t for me," he said. "He even showed me how he wanted the back to open up to a fitted compar tment for his lenses." Skip isn't the only one to draw - literally, like on a napkin - a plan for a car t and hand it to Cucch. Shar p had sever al car ts, and more than one of them was dreamed up on a cocktail napkin. It used to be a ver y unique industry, and Cucch and his staff custom-made each car t. Now, he said, it's quite easy to order all sor ts of car ts right out of a catalog. Of course that doesn't mean there aren't many, many custom car ts to still be made. For instance, he created the Blue Angels car t, with the five seats in formation. In Boca Gr ande he made not only Skip and Tori's car t, but many more such as the Cor vette, the Escalade and the 1932 Roadster owned by the Farish family. Islander Phil Esposito has one of Cucch's car ts. There is one specific car t on the island that has been newly-dipped in a fantastic tie dye pr int (it goes extraordinarily well with the blacklights in their windows on one of the Damfi streets). Didn't know you could make a tie-dyed pattern for a golf car t by treating it the same way you make a tie dyed shir t? You can, and Cucch did. He also does wraps, which means he takes a high resolution photograph and can put it on the front or back of the car t. The most expensive he's dealt with, he said, cost about $40,000. What do you get for that kind of money, you might ask? A top-of-the-line vehicle made of carbon fiber components, full LED display, refrigerators, four wheel disc brakes, and much more . If you can dream it, Cucch can make it. He also ser vices all the car ts used by Sarasota County schools, as well as for golf cour ses such as Cor al Creek, Lemon Bay Golf Cour se and several more. When Hur r icane Charley str uck the southern This cart, which can often be seen around the island and goes well with blacklights, was created by Cucch. A New York Yankees creation by Dave Lutz of Thoroughbred Golf Carts.
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