Classic ambulance adds some levity to pandemic blues

Call Corona Busters!

Who ya gonna call?

Ghostbusters! ... Or rather, Corona Busters.

Vernon resident Ron Newport's eye-catching ambulance may be just the cure for the coronavirus blues.

Newport, who's usually in the Philippines this time of year, but is stuck here because of pandemic travel restrictions, decided to get his classic ride out of storage to brighten people's day.

He even put a poster on the doors spoofing the comedy Ghostbusters franchise, and another on the tailgate thanking health-care workers.

"Thank you to the brave, dedicated health-care workers, risking their own well-being to care for us and fight COVID-19 ... Wherever you are in the world, we are all incredibly grateful," it reads.

It's the first time he's had the 1954 Meteor ambulance on the street in 12 years, but he felt "people need a smile these days."

He bought the former Chemainus Fire Department ambulance 20 years ago on Vancouver Island.

It has only 32,000 original miles on it and hasn't been restored other than a fresh coat of paint.

"It's all original, and everything was in it when I bought it and still is ... even the Band-Aids," said Newport.

"It really brings the people out. They love it," he said.

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