Sunday, September 30, 2012


I guess the heyday of soapbox derbies is long past. Must have been fun, though, based on examination of this relic of the 40s or 50s. The "Claustrophobia" is one heck of a sleek machine. Air up its tires, and it practically glides all by itself. Whoever built it knew what they were doing - the intricacies of its construction are impressive enough to make Ford or GM take notice. Each wheel bearing has its own grease fitting. The suspension is as solid as a Hummer's. And why did the designer name his creation "Claustrophobia?" The photo of the beast's interior makes that obvious. The driver had to lie horizontally on his back and peer through the plexiglass windshield as best he was able. Also visible in the interior view are the levers that control the brakes and steering This impressive machine is located on the second floor if you're interested in taking a look.

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