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 of and carry my wheelchair. I made it larger, fitted hand controls and used an automatic transmission to make it easier to drive.
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.