‘It Might Just Work…’
Chris King shows us his interpretation of the future
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.