Postman Pat left crying over reused mail van

Postman Pat left crying over reused mail van

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Here’s a little known and probably totally inaccurate fact about airbags: they only work correctly for 95% of the world’s drivers. If you are either exceptionally tall or very short things aren’t so fun in a crash. For those very tall people it’s probably not that bad, because you are seated so far back from the steering wheel you just make contact with the airbag a little late. However, if you are a total short-ass and your freaky little arms mean you’re pushed up close to the steering wheel then you’re in for a treat when a nylon bag full of nitrogen explodes in your face sandwiching you between it and the seat back.

But hey, don’t worry ‘little people’ being small isn’t always a bad thing, in fact this week has seen a celebration of the miniature with a new ‘World’s Smallest Street-Legal Car’, you know that record everybody is talking about? Well just in case you’ve been stuck under an airbag somewhere, I’ll brief you.

It’s measurements are 99cm tall by 66cm wide and it was a Postman Pat children’s toy car until 47 year-old British tinkerer Perry Watkins had an idea. He gutted the plaything, added a steel frame to the fiberglass shell and propped it all up on a chassis nicked from a quad bike. Next Watkins powered the baby-beast with a 150cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine which can take the car to a frightening 64kph top speed. He added working headlights, taillights, windscreen wipers, indicators and a horn then BAM it was somehow street-legal.

My advice to Watkins is to increase safety in his bespoke vehicle by fitting a micro sized airbag just in case he has a collision with a double-decker bus. But the part of this story that I just don’t understand is; prior to Watkins’ interference how the hell was Postman Pat expecting to deliver any mail in a vehicle so small.

Check out the video of the achievement below, it’s awesome.

postman pat car

Here’s a little known and probably totally inaccurate fact about airbags: they only work correctly for 95% of the world’s drivers. If you are either exceptionally tall or very short things aren’t so fun in a crash. For those very tall people it’s probably not that bad, because you are seated so far back from the steering wheel you just make contact with the airbag a little late. However, if you are a total short-ass and your freaky little arms mean you’re pushed up close to the steering wheel then you’re in for a treat when a nylon bag full of nitrogen explodes in your face sandwiching you between it and the seat back.

But hey, don’t worry ‘little people’ being small isn’t always a bad thing, in fact this week has seen a celebration of the miniature with a new ‘World’s Smallest Street-Legal Car’, you know that record everybody is talking about? Well just in case you’ve been stuck under an airbag somewhere, I’ll brief you.

It’s measurements are 99cm tall by 66cm wide and it was a Postman Pat children’s toy car until 47 year-old British tinkerer Perry Watkins had an idea. He gutted the plaything, added a steel frame to the fiberglass shell and propped it all up on a chassis nicked from a quad bike. Next Watkins powered the baby-beast with a 150cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine which can take the car to a frightening 64kph top speed. He added working headlights, taillights, windscreen wipers, indicators and a horn then BAM it was somehow street-legal.

My advice to Watkins is to increase safety in his bespoke vehicle by fitting a micro sized airbag just in case he has a collision with a double-decker bus. But the part of this story that I just don’t understand is; prior to Watkins’ interference how the hell was Postman Pat expecting to deliver any mail in a vehicle so small.

Check out the video of the achievement below, it’s awesome.

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