Souped-up scooter offers super mobility

Naenae resident's invention not legal, but fun

Last updated 06:39 17/10/2012
Mike May
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STRIPPED DOWN: Mike May from Naenae roars along the Hutt River walkway on his mobility special.

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It may be not quite legal, but Mike May's "mobility scooter" is one way to get from A to B.

The Naenae resident, who is studying mechanical engineering at WelTech, built the petrol- powered vehicle about five months ago "as a bit of a laugh".

After spying an old compactor motor lying in his garage, he decided to cannibalise a mobility scooter. Stripping it to the metal frame, he added the motor and a wooden base.

It is not finished yet, but Mr May is not shy of testing his invention and regularly commutes on the scooter, reaching speeds of up to 70kmh.

"Some people say, 'slow down you silly bugger'."

Mr May admits there is nothing legal about the scooter. Police have pulled him over three times, telling him to get off the road.

But he feels his invention is not appreciated, legal or not.

He says it runs on "the smell of an oily rag".

Having spent $500 on the scooter so far, he is hoping to finish the bodywork soon and continue on his journey.

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- The Dominion Post

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