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conned tractor
3rd November 2009, 11:37
but my sensible side is saying I will look like a tw@t.

I have thought about buying a second hand sinclair C5 and restoring it - which technically wouldn't be too difficult. The downside is I will probably get bored quickly and feel like a d!ck driving it.

Anyone own one?

Anybody got anything similarly quite nerdish?

DimPrawn
3rd November 2009, 11:39
Clive looked cool in one.

bogeyman
3rd November 2009, 11:41
Did you know the C5 was manufactured by Hoover in their washing machine factory in Merthyr Tydfil?

Scary
3rd November 2009, 11:43
Not a Citroen then, that would be really foolish.

conned tractor
3rd November 2009, 11:45
Did you know the C5 was manufactured by Hoover in their washing machine factory in Merthyr Tydfil?

Have reparied a few washing machines in my time, but the C5 was a custom DC motor and gearbox AFAIK - seriously don't know how he wasted 14 million (or something like that) developing it.

VectraMan
3rd November 2009, 11:48
I remember the Spitting Image sketch when everybody was talking about how dangerous they were:

"It's an invalid carriage".
"But I'm not an invalid".
"You haven't driven one yet".

bogeyman
3rd November 2009, 11:48
Have reparied a few washing machines in my time, but the C5 was a custom DC motor and gearbox AFAIK - seriously don't know how he wasted 14 million (or something like that) developing it.

http://www.alangeorge.co.uk/sinclair_c5_Production.htm

:happy

conned tractor
3rd November 2009, 11:57
I must add that I in no way am going to use this to commute or even on a busy road.

moorfield
3rd November 2009, 12:00
I was straight on ebay looking at the C5s a few weeks back after that Micro Men thing on BBC... I want one too!

I have a Citroen already so I don't care.

HairyArsedBloke
3rd November 2009, 12:01
I drove one once - for a whole 10 - 15 feet in a lab.

I'd never go on the open road with one, but something deep down in my water says that it, or a successor, may make a comeback.

TimberWolf
3rd November 2009, 12:02
Why not just get an electric bike?

conned tractor
3rd November 2009, 12:03
I drove one once - for a whole 10 - 15 feet in a lab.

I'd never go on the open road with one, but something deep down in my water says that it, or a successor, may make a comeback.

Clive?

bogeyman
3rd November 2009, 12:04
Why not just get an electric bike?

You can't recline in a stylish and slightly rakish manner on a bike.

conned tractor
3rd November 2009, 12:04
Why not just get an electric bike?

It doesn't have the nostalgia or the iconic place in history as one of the biggest flops.

Scary
3rd November 2009, 12:05
How about a petrol powered kart, quad or mini moto? Something like that?

BoredBloke
3rd November 2009, 12:07
Where I used to live there was a little shop that sold washing machines and he had a C5 parked outside from pretty much the day of their release. I noticed about a year ago it had gone. It used to look quite sorry for itself - dirty with flat tyres, but even when it was brand spanking new it looked rubbish!

bogeyman
3rd November 2009, 12:08
It doesn't have the nostalgia or the iconic place in history as one of the biggest flops.

Indeed. I think some here are missing the point entirely.

If you manage to get a C5, you could hack a Sinclair QL into an onboard Sat Nav. How cool would that be?

conned tractor
3rd November 2009, 12:09
How about a petrol powered kart, quad or mini moto? Something like that?

They sound too dangerous.


:rolleyes:

TimberWolf
3rd November 2009, 12:11
You can't recline in a stylish and slightly rakish manner on a bike.

It combines a lot of disadvantages of a car with the disadvantages of an electric bike though. One thing that a recumbent posture has going for it is the potential for far better aerodynamics than a bike, which for the latter is awful (worse than a car).

DimPrawn
3rd November 2009, 12:13
I drove a C5 whilst on holiday many years ago. Hired it by the hour. It was great fun but was broken ever other day.

An alternative idea.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xitMWUfeLk

:eek:

TimberWolf
3rd November 2009, 12:16
An electric bike you lie down on totally could be really efficient, and it would seem like you are going really fast too.

bogeyman
3rd November 2009, 12:16
It combines a lot of disadvantages of a car with the disadvantages of an electric bike though. One thing that a recumbent posture has going for it is the potential for far better aerodynamics than a bike, which for the latter is awful (worse than a car).

Oh God! Stop being so bloody practical.

Just imagine humming along in your C5 chariot, heading South over Westminster Bridge, in the dying embers of a July sunset, with the breeze in what remains of your hair.

It's not about aerodynamics - it's about soul.

BoredBloke
3rd November 2009, 12:18
Clive looked cool in one.

I don't think he ever looked cool

conned tractor
3rd November 2009, 12:19
I drove a C5 whilst on holiday many years ago. Hired it by the hour. It was great fun but was broken ever other day.

An alternative idea.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xitMWUfeLk

:eek:

Go Kart drifting .... nice idea.

I have other plans to build something else, but the C5 is more about the restoration than the ride. I reckon it wouldn't be that hard to do.

conned tractor
3rd November 2009, 12:21
It's not about aerodynamics - it's about soul.

That'll be about right.

RichardCranium
3rd November 2009, 12:48
There's quite an active community making parts for C5s and keeping them running.

There's one in the Coventry Transport Museum (along with a Chopper). It has not aged well.

It is in the ironic 'future' section which has a variety of electric cars spanning about 40 years, all of which were intended to be the future.

It is difficult to see those electric cars (one I remember seeing on Tomorrow's World back in the days when I still wore 28" waist jeans) and not suspect the oil industry is holding back progress whilst it poisons the planet.

bogeyman
3rd November 2009, 12:52
It is in the ironic 'future' section which has a variety of electric cars spanning about 40 years, all of which were intended to be the future.

If Sir Clive had played his cards right, we'd all have flying cars by now!

Damn the BBC and Acorn :(

conned tractor
3rd November 2009, 12:55
There's quite an active community making parts for C5s and keeping them running.

There's one in the Coventry Transport Museum (along with a Chopper). It has not aged well.

It is in the ironic 'future' section which has a variety of electric cars spanning about 40 years, all of which were intended to be the future.

It is difficult to see those electric cars (one I remember seeing on Tomorrow's World back in the days when I still wore 28" waist jeans) and not suspect the oil industry is holding back progress whilst it poisons the planet.

Been meaning to go to the transport museum for donkeys, just never got there. Am I right in thinking it is even free entry?

28" - really? :D

RichardCranium
3rd November 2009, 13:03
Been meaning to go to the transport museum for donkeys, just never got there. Am I right in thinking it is even free entry?It is free. Sadly, the upstairs has just been closed for refurbishment, as has the Blitz section.

However, the THRUST 2 and THRUST FFS simulator (it's not FFS but it should have been) are there. They are impresssive.

I went round at the weekend with a female friend and was in there for about 2½ hours. (I got a slap for pointing at the white TR7 (http://www.gregorywsmith.com/images/TR7Ad.jpg) with a black PVC roof and saying "Wow, what a fanny magnet that was".)

When we came out there was a 2CV rally going on outside!

They have a Doctor Who exhibition on; entry is £8. I don't know if it is any good.


28" - really? :D6' tall and 28" waist, yep. Then on my 28th birthday all my jeans and trousers and suits didn't fit: I had gone to 32" overnight. Weird.

I stayed there until I gave up the evil weed, my weight and health have never recovered from stopping smoking. :(

conned tractor
3rd November 2009, 13:10
It is free. Sadly, the upstairs has just been closed for refurbishment, as has the Blitz section.
(

Thanks for the info Mr Cranium, may take the little one one of the weekends now that the weather is starting to get a bit autumnal.

Only kidding about the waist size - the beer doesn't help either. :D