THOSE WERE THE DAYS!

I posted some of these photos on my Facebook page, and Diane Mcneilis (sister of Danny, pictured below on "Clogmobile") sent me this message:

"Those handmade go carts were the best. Don't the kids today miss out on all that 'cos they're just stuck indoors on their computers? They have no get-up-and-go like we all had!"

Never a truer word, Diane! We had no "risk assessments" or Health & Safety regulations. We used hammers and saws unsupervised, and we banged in nails and cut up wood without goggles, gloves or ear-protectors. When completed, the go-karts had all sorts of unprotected moving parts and jagged edges sticking out. We drove the things at tremendous speeds, often crashing into each other or falling off. We had no protective headgear, or even brakes! When we came home covered in cuts and bruises, with torn clothes, we didn't start taking legal action against each other - we just got on with it.

And in spite of spending most of our out-of-school time building go-karts in rain, wind and snow, we still grew up knowing how to spell correctly, construct sentences, write tidily and count without a calculator. Those certainly were the days!

If you ever joined us on our go-kart rallies, please CONTACT ME and share your memories of those happy, carefree days.

THIS IS HOW IT STARTED......

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1964 1967 1970

John is seen on Southport beach in 1964, his pushchair ("buggy") parked behind him. When he grew out of this, Our Dad stored it in the loft, so that we could use it for our own children in years to come.........

In 1967, Our Dad removed the bodywork of our old pram from the chassis. This made a great go-kart, but it couldn't be steered. So in 1970 he modified it into the go-kart on the right, which we steered with our feet. This was the forerunner to what was to follow.....

THE PROTOTYPES

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THE RACING FLEET

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