A cross between a wheelchair and a tank and built for getting about on rugged terrain. It's just what a disabled but active elderly person needs! British old-age pensioner Eddie Shaw,96, is now the proud owner of one of these mobility machines, built especially for him by his devoted son Peter, 60. Disabled war hero Eddie (pictured) was struggling to move around on difficult terrain, so Peter came up with this appropriate invention, a special off-road wheelchair which has tank wheels, so that adventurous Eddie’s trips to the beach and his hill-climbing could be made so much easier.
The body of the chair is made from an old motorized wheelbarrow and it has caterpillar tracks, and old LDV seat and is powered by a 4.5 bhp engine manufactured by Honda. The purpose-built all-terrain mobility aid only cost £500 in all to make, since the local community clubbed together to donate the materials.
Father-of-one Peter Shaw, a plumber from Shropshire, England, and three of his friends spent around 30 hours building the chair, which can get up to a speed of around 8 miles per hour. He comments: “My father survived being attacked by tanks during World War Two, so I thought it would be fitting to make him this.” (Quoted in Yahoo News UK). He says that he has seen motorised wheelchairs used on building sites, and it gave him the idea to make a much better one for his father’s use.
Without the donations, the chair would have cost around £4000 to make. Eddie is not always dependent on a wheelchair, and usually moves around with a walking frame. But he often needs extra help, due to his arthritis. He loves this new chair, and has been to the beach in it a few times (it even has space in its rear for a picnic basket).
Eddie says: “It was a wonderful idea. It goes right over the sand and I’m really pleased with it. I want to thank my son and everyone who helped do this... It brings back memories of the war. I came under fire from tanks but never got to drive one – now I finally can.”
(Quoted in Yahoo UK News).
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