Introducing the owner/builder
I am providing a bit of 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 of and carry my wheelchair. I made it larger, fitted hand controls and used an automatic to make it easier to drive.
I had a serious accident in 1982 while racing Super Karts. I badly injured my back (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 raised three fantastic kids, played wheelchair basketball at a state and national level, travelled Australia and overseas and built a career in senior management.
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 an E-Type V12 Jaguar and you can access those web pages by going to My Web Garage.
I was a Panel Beater for many years but had not worked in the trade since 1982. The skills are still there and I have 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 one particular friend, Malcolm, my garage projects would not be possible.
I am now happily retired and enjoying my time pottering around the garage. 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.