‘It Might Just Work…’

Chris King shows us his in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the fu­ture

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Now for some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent – and to­tally mad!

Sparkie is a com­bi­na­tion of ideas, with much trial and er­ror and fre­quent adap­tions over the five years he has been on the road. He’s based on a Pem­ble­ton kit car, which it­self is based on a Citroën 2CV chas­sis. How­ever, I de­cided Sparkie must be elec­tric so he is pow­ered by a 45kg elec­tric mo­tor I found while dig­ging around a break­ers yard for fork-lift trucks. He is nat­u­rally ex­empt from road tax pay­ment, free from the Lon­don Con­ges­tion Charge and even has ac­cess to some free elec­tri­cal charge points in lo­cal su­per­mar­kets. I do have to pay for in­surance and MOT, how­ever. I live in the Greater Lon­don area so ‘More Smiles per Mile’ is my rally-call. I have used ma­te­ri­als when I can find them from lo­cal skips or bits do­nated from neigh­bours and friends. This is of course a tongue-in-cheek ap­proach, aimed at the con­straints of factory made cars, as those who dab­ble and drive around in clas­sic cars will un­der­stand. Over the years, I have had ad­vice and sug­ges­tions from friends, neigh­bours and grand­chil­dren. Also, the post­man, bin-men and lo­cal builders. In­deed, any­one pass­ing and see­ing the car de­velop. My wife’s sug­ges­tions are not for print, as I used the space in the garage she wished for gar­den­ing pur­poses.

Body­work Chas­sis is 2CV, rest is a mix of scrap. Bat­ter­ies live in side-pods made from an old wardrobe. Bub­bles Why would you not want a bub­ble-maker fit­ted to your high-tech elec­tric ve­hi­cle? Dash Chris used parts mostly do­nated by friends, neigh­bours, and lo­cal chil­dren.

HOW MUCH? Im­pos­si­ble to say, given that Sparkie is made from old parts found in skips. HOW MAD? Imag­ine some frogs… in a box.HOW HAPPY? The grins from other drivers and waves from smil­ing chil­dren says it all. This might well be can­di­date for hap­pi­est car in the world.

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