Ever seen a banana slug? These slow-moving mollusks are beloved members of Modarri’s Santa Cruz community. In fact, they’re the official mascot for our local University of California campus. Banana slugs live in redwood forests, hang out in our gardens, crawl our sidewalks…. and have actually inspired some amazing art. Check out this modified Modarri toy car!


Doug Ross Banana Slug Modarri Car


Modarri X1 Slug

Local artist Doug Ross contributed the banana slug Modarri to our miniature art car collection. The car features a beautifully streamlined aluminum body complete with antennae!

We’re calling it the X1 Slug because Doug’s custom car body is wrapped around a Modarri X1 Dirt Car. Conveniently, the car already had a banana yellow frame and seat.

The X1 Slug is especially dear to Modarri’s toy inventor and CEO David Silverglate, who is a graduate of UCSC. Thank you, Doug!

banana slug

You can see how well Doug captured the essence of a Banana Slug!

About Doug Ross

Doug Ross is best known in the art world for his high quality illustrations: He designs beautiful graphs and draws corporate art as well as children’s art. Forbes, The Harvard Business Review and McGraw-Hill are among the many famous names on his client list. Doug also makes fine art prints, which can be seen by appointment in Santa Cruz.


Banana slug art bus – See how Santa Cruz students and their bikes get to school.

UCSC article about banana slug mascot – The university chancellor insisted that sea lions were a more distinguished mascot, but students let the banana slug triumph.

Modarri shop – Check out the Modarri X1 Dirt Car, the T1 Track Car and more.

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