This is a great looking Pedal Bugatti. It looks good with the now-pretty-much-impossible-to-find Schwinn Gripper Slick tires.
PEDAL TC GRACE GRIMES, Round Rock, TX
"I have always had the attitude that I can do a little of anything that
anyone else can do. This attitude has helped me through several
activities: painting, paperhanging, plumbing, electrical wiring, small
and large appliance repair, landscaping and automotive mechanics.
However, nothing has been so rewarding as building this little car [the
M.G.-T.C.]. I think of myself as an atypical grandmother. Even though I
do lots of sewing, cooking and needlework of all kinds, Little Red
Riding Hood would probably say to me, 'Grandmother, what strange
projects you work on.'"
- G.S.G., Round Rock, Texas
The Delivery Wagon is one of our most popular pedal project. It was included in
the second wooden toy book of Peter Stevenson's Wooden Toys and
Playhouses. The Delivery Wagon has a fun, modular back system which
allowed the basic Model-A-style chassis and front section to have a
Delivery Wagon back (as seen here), or it can have an hinged
dump-truck back or go with none at all for a sporty look.
Below is a page from a 1985 Popular Mechanics magazine with a
couple of Delivery Wagons in the Letters To The Editor section.
CARLO FORCHERI, Italy
A happy young driver! Pretty soon he's going to need a pedal 8C 2300 Alfa though.
"Lots of thanks. Love, Dominic"
FERDINAND TRAUTTMANSDORFF, Canada
"Several years ago, after reading an article in Popular Mechanics (Popular Science,ed.) describing your Weekender sail boat project, I sent away for the plans and for a copy of your catalogue. The simplicity of the design really was brilliant, and the plans were well worth the small investment. For weeks, I fantasized about sailing on the seven-seas (or at the very least, on the Ottawa River) with scantily-clad women in my Jolly Roger Weekender. But sadly, after taking a few preliminary measurements in my workshop (ie. my garage), I came to the unavoidable conclusion that if I truly started to build this thing, I wasn't going to be able to close the garage door ever again, or until the project was completed (whichever came first), because the boat would have been just a touch too long for my cramped garaged! Unfortunately we were in the depths of a frigid winter in Ottawa at the time (it seems like that happens all too often). Those delicious images of scantily-clad women were regrettably crowded from my mind by the much more realistic pictures of a garage filled to the rafters with snowdrifts.
This is the Pedal Car that I built for my kids. My daughter, in the pink shirt, is running ahead.
My son is driving. The car is very popular in our neighbourhood.
So, turning back to your catalogue, I chose a different project that,
rather than pandering to my own selfish fantasies, would make someone
else very happy indeed. The "Delivery Van" pedal-car seemed to be a more
achievable project to tackle, and it's manageable size allowed me to
work with the garage door firmly closed.
I had always intended to send you a photo of the completed
car. But just like the seven-seas and the scantily... (oh, forget it
already!), I never seemed to get around to it. Having recently
"rediscovered" you through your excellent World Wide Web site, I am now
sending you the pictures (Christmas Card from 1991) through the
convenience of email. As you can see from the happy smiles, I chose the
From Ottawa, where winter is fast approaching. (Again!)
VERY MODIFIED BUFFY-PORSON
The Buffy-Porson was originally featured in a book of the same name by Peter & Mike Stevenson.
MODIFIED PEDAL BUGATTI
Jim sent us these shots of his finished Bugatti pedal car. The detail is
quite amazing, but Jim
is a confirmed Bugatti lover, and knew what he
MODIFIED PEDAL BIPLANE
MARK OLIVER, Jakarta, Indonesia
Mr. Oliver has built a nice Pedal Biplane, but he's made it more as a Pedal Parasol (he's left the lower wing off.)
CHRISTIAN CAVELTI, Canada
This Pedal Bugatti was auctioned off for an amazing $7700 Canadian to benefit their children's school. Pretty remarkable. An MG TC is in the works now.