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I would say that I took this very photograph;

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I uploaded the photo with a dozen or so others to FOTKI hosting thing, who held me to ransom, wanting me to pay them money. As the caption says, it was taken at Deva-Dubs & rods show at Chester Racecourse and that bloke and another spent much of the weekend persuading it to fire up and run, which eventually it did, but it drove & sounded like it only had one gear, I suspect it was a semi-auto. The story went that the owner bought it as a new car and immediately did this to it, he & his wife then covered something like sixty thousand miles in it before laying it up. What you can't see is that there's a fourth (steering) wheel at the back, it really does have a rhomboid wheelbase! As you can imagine, I captioned the picture 'Earnshaw Diamond'.

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^^^ That's fantastic - I've seen that pic doing the rounds for quite a few years now, so it's good to learn a bit about the background, finally.

I suspect Maxwagen was Earnshaw's code name for their secret test prototypes, just as the pre-production Range Rovers were badged as Velar... did you get any pics of the 666cc whirligig engine?

 

No, I actually thought it was a Beetle that had been recently ruined in the name of RatLuk Xtreme, but no - I guess people have been doing silly shit to Dubs for no particular reason since Moses was a nipper...

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12 hours ago, barefoot said:

I would say that I took this very photograph;

35566983361_71daf2742f_b.thumb.jpg.3f6899672a241c636f730f56825acd5b.jpg

I uploaded the photo with a dozen or so others to FOTKI hosting thing, who held me to ransom, wanting me to pay them money. As the caption says, it was taken at Deva-Dubs & rods show at Chester Racecourse and that bloke and another spent much of the weekend persuading it to fire up and run, which eventually it did, but it drove & sounded like it only had one gear, I suspect it was a semi-auto. The story went that the owner bought it as a new car and immediately did this to it, he & his wife then covered something like sixty thousand miles in it before laying it up. What you can't see is that there's a fourth (steering) wheel at the back, it really does have a rhomboid wheelbase! As you can imagine, I captioned the picture 'Earnshaw Diamond'.

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35566982961_fd32ae20c1_b.jpgThe Maxwagen GEP14G VW Based Special by RS, on Flickr

 

I remember reading about it, the creator couldn't weld so the entire thing is bolted together like Meccano

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Hot on the heels of this thing image.thumb.jpeg.b21b38ed891df29f14a0ebf577b3c500.jpeg

 

is this thingimage.jpeg.370734188dc397938843e41bfbbd1462.jpeg

 

Both should really be in the WTF thread and in the Six wheel thread.

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If my library was more organised I could tell you who built that car and what it's made of. iirc he did not have the use of his legs and it's a sort of home-made Greek invacar with hand controls. Wheels are obviously Mini but I can't remember what powers it. I did spend an hour last night looking for the answer but I got distracted, soz

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5 hours ago, barrett said:

If my library was more organised I could tell you who built that car and what it's made of. iirc he did not have the use of his legs and it's a sort of home-made Greek invacar with hand controls. Wheels are obviously Mini but I can't remember what powers it. I did spend an hour last night looking for the answer but I got distracted, soz

I had a look last night as well - couldn't find a thing, but I did discover some fantastic Greek cars from defunct local manufacturers which I will put in the 'cars I didn't know existed until recently' thread.

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Here you go. Apparently it has a Mercedes diesel engine and no floor, with rope hammock seats as the guy's legs just dangled underneath....

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This was his first attempt at making a car:

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Based on a triporter-style three wheeled delivery motorcycle, with a windscreen repurposed from a light aircraft canopy...

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