Sta­ble way to travel in Monto

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

WHEN Ge­orge Brown saw an old mo­tor­bike with­out a mo­tor at the lo­cal tip, he didn’t see rub­bish or scrap metal. He saw po­ten­tial.

The Monto man trans­formed the mo­tor­bike into a new piece of trans­porta­tion by turn­ing it into a horse-drawn car­riage.

“It’s a three-wheeler mo­tor­bike still,” Mr Smith said. “I just hook up to the mo­tor­bike and the horse pulls them along.”

With a horse­power of one, he rides the unique cre­ation down the main street of Monto and usu­ally turns a few heads wher­ever he goes.

“Peo­ple look at it and won­der,” he said.

“Quite a few of the old peo­ple just can’t be­lieve it.”

The bike’s light weight en­sures it is not a strain on the horse while the third wheel en­sures it will al­ways stay up­right.

He said peo­ple would get frus­trated on oc­ca­sion at his cre­ation tak­ing up space on the street but most peo­ple en­joyed the nov­elty.

“Some peo­ple say it’s stupid you hold­ing up the traf­fic,” he said. “But I’ve got as much right to be on the road as any­one else.”

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

NOV­ELTY VE­HI­CLE: Ge­orge Brown and Karen Job­bling cruise around Monto on their makeshift horse and car­riage.

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