Introducing the owner/builder
I am providing some information about myself to clarify why I have changed some of the dimensions and design of my Locost. I use a wheelchair to get around so when I took on this project I made some adjustments to the car to make it easier to get in and out and provide room to carry my wheelchair. I made it larger, fitted hand controls and incorporated a six speed automatic transmission to make it easier to drive. The changes also improve the use of the car for all the different size drivers who may wish to enjoy it in the future.
In 1982, while racing Super-Karts I had a serious accident. I badly injured my back and spinal cord which left me a paraplegic. Using a wheelchair for my mobility didn’t slow me down much, and over the years I have undertaken a number of projects in my “Man Cave”..
Being a bit more mature, with no kids at home and having a bit of spare cash available enabled me to indulge my interest in classic cars that I had admired for so long. I restored an XJC V12 Jaguar and then an E-Type V12 Jaguar, which you can access on my other web pages by going to My Web Garage.
In my younger days I was a Panel Beater but had not worked in the trade for many years. The skills were still there and I still had the enthusiasm for working on my own projects, but the wheelchair does make it a bit more difficult to handle some of the large, heavy or awkward work, but I can still handle most of it - although generally at a reduced pace.
I am lucky to have some good friends who help with the more difficult lifting of heavy and awkward items. I must admit that without them my garage projects would not be possible.
I am now happily retired and enjoying my time pottering around the Man Cave. So there you have a bit of background on me. I hope your visit to this site is informative and entertaining. Feel free to email me with any comments, suggestions or questions - I am always open to a chat with like minded enthusiasts.