ZOINKS – there’s something strange occurring on the roads of Middlewich.

If you’re out and about during school run time, you might just have spotted the Middlewich Mystery Machine, a van that’s has been converted to look exactly like Scooby Doo and the gang’s iconic vehicle.

All that Emma and Patrick Marlow-Ellis wanted was a nice vehicle family vehicle, and they would have gotten away with it too if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids.

The fun started about six years ago when the family took Volkswagen T5.1 on a holiday to Cornwall.

Patrick, who designs and produces graphics, had created a ‘family on board’ sticker with a Scooby Doo illustration on the back window.

Emma, a lab technician at Macclesfield Hospital, said: “We got so many waves and beeps while we were on the road just because of this sticker. We just thought we’d properly go for it when we got back home. We bought a 50p Scooby Doo and it spiralled from there.”

All well as its eye-catching exterior, the Middlewich Mystery Machine now boasts bright orange seats, plus a full cemetery in the boot complete with ghosts and sound effects.

The couple’s pesky kids George, 14, Henry, 11 and Emelia, seven, dress up as Scooby, Shaggy and Daphne or Thelma, and the family tours the bus around UK campervan shows in support of a range of charities.

Emma, a self-confessed 70s TV cartoon fanatic, added: “It’s just great fun. It’s lovely to see people’s faces when they see us driving along. It’s nice to make people smile.”

The family’s creative conversions aren’t stopping there. They currently have a viper green Volkswagen Caddy which they plan to design along the them of The Muppets Show. Jeepers – watch this space.

You can follow the gang’s adventures on Facebook by searching for Middlewich Mystery Machine.