Website Caters to Growing Field of Fast AmphibiansTo me, the best part about amphibious vehicles is the look on peopleâ€™s faces when they watch you drive a car into the water, then motor off as if the car had just turned into a sport boat.
Technology has come a long way and now, what seems like something straight out of a James Bond movie has come true.
Three companies located across the United States are currently working on their own versions of cars, trucks and an ATV that can drive straight into the water and instantly become a boat.
Michigan newspaper veteran Bryan Laviolette has covered the amphibious vehicle industry for the last several years. His new site, FastAmphibians.com, is the definitive source for information on amphibious vehicles including cars, all-terrain vehicles, recreational vehicles and transporters.
â€œAmphibians are a fascinating development in the transportation world,â€ Laviolette said. â€œBeyond the obvious joy of owning a toy offering two completely different ways to have fun, amphibians have the potential to solve real-world problems, such as search and rescue in flooded areas or commuting options such as using a river as an alternative to the highway.
“But there’s also the joy of going from land to water and back again anytime you want.”
Laviolette, 46, is a native of Dearborn Heights, Mich., where he worked at his fatherâ€™s auto repair center. He enjoyed a 19-year career in newspapers and worked for publications all over lower Michigan. While he spent a considerable amount of time designing pages for those newspapers, Laviolette has also written extensively about the automotive industry.
He is a graduate of Central Michigan University where he studied journalism and automotive technology. Growing up, Laviolette was always near water, piloting his familyâ€™s cabin cruiser or pulling skiers at the lake.
The media is also welcome to contact Laviolette for commentary on amphibious vehicles.