Can you help young Austin J40 re­stor­ers?

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

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.­hav­iour-wise

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