Longview icon taken down, given new 'lease' on life.

Alexandra Carter

POSTED: Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 4:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 5:56pm

The giant roller skate-shaped car that sat above The Longview Rollercade for 20 years was taken down Thursday. But, the giant roller skate, which is considered an icon to many Longview residents, will be given a new lease on life at Longview High school.

The giant roller skate is actually a driveable car and many Longview residents say they remember seeing it cruise the streets when they were kids. It served as the sign and a big advertisement for 20 years at the Longview Rollercade, which closed down 10 years ago.

Now the roller skate-shaped car is off to Longview High School and teacher Jeff Hull says it will play a special part in the school's 'art car club.'

"My art car class and club has done the art car for a number of years..where we compete in Houston and this is in that genre of art cars, it's an iconic car, there's a generation that has never seen this rolling down the street..and according to our research..this is one of only nine made."

The car is missing an engine and the school is looking for sponsors, donations, volunteers..anything to help restore the 30-year-old car.

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