A REAL HANDFUL
A HORRIFIC traffic accident landed Todd in hospital in February 1999. When he was discharged, seven months later, it was in the knowledge that he’d be wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life. Doctors also told Todd he’d never drive again. But not long after returning home, Todd’s brother Craig used zip ties, hose clamps and gaffer tape to turn his mum’s old mop handle into some makeshift hand controls. After a few laps around the local housing estate, Craig commented: “I think you’ve got this, mate.” With that, it was out onto the Great Western Highway, and off into town to chuck a few ‘toughies’. For SIRDAT, Todd started with a commercially available hand-control kit, but it just didn’t match the quality of the rest of the build. In the end, Ben Zelukovic pretty much made most of the current set-up from scratch. It’s way neater, while remaining very functional.