Can you help young Austin J40 restorers?
A special needs behaviour specialist is hoping to acquire an Austin J40 pedal car that children excluded from secondary school can restore.
The J40 will be used to teach the youngsters new skills, with the goal of having the car ready for this year’s Settrington Cup at the Goodwood Revival on 9-11 September.
Currently restoring a 1964 Mini Cooper himself, Tim Ward has a budget of up to £900 for a distressed pedal car. He is based in Lincolnshire but is willing to travel to collect a suitable J40.
‘The idea of this project is to reintroduce the children to problem solving skills, as well as teach them the basics of restoration,’ says Tim, who manages the Behaviour Wise consultancy company. ‘It will help them develop and get them learning new skills, so they have more job opportunities later in life.
‘Schools aren’t keen on working with full sized cars, so the Austin J40 is a good place to start. Having it ready for the Cup at the Goodwood Revival alsio gives them a time constraint to work to.’ Austin J40 pedal cars were made in South Wales by disabled Welsh miners between 1949 and 1971 in order to rehabilitate workers who had been injured.