F I N K B U I L T

Today’s Ebay Item

missle tracker

Scale model cockpit FPV

fpv
cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Quadcopter FPV

Quadcopter FPV
Amazing remote first person view piloting.

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

Helmets

retro vintage motorcycle helmets Pictures of boxes full of sweet vintage motorcycle helmets

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.

Liberty

liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

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Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box

Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!




Sinclair C5

sinclair C5

I stopped by my friend Adam’s house the other day and he showed me something quite cool. If you were aware of personal computers in the early 1980′s, you will probably remember Sinclair for their early PC’s and calculators, but did you know that they also made vehicles?

sinclair C5

The C5 was a Human-electric hybrid drive, recumbant trike that was going to revolutionize the urban transportation landscape. Unfortunately, the product flopped, nearly bringing sinclair down with it.

“Possibly Sinclair’s most famous product (albeit for quite the wrong reasons), the ill-conceived C5 “electric car” proved to be the point at which Sinclair Research’s wheels finally fell off. Attracting controversy and derision in equal measure, the C5 fiasco ended up having a catastrophic effect on Sinclair’s finances. Losses of up to £7 million eventually forced the company to sell its computer business to Amstrad.”

Read more at Planet Sinclair.

8 Responses to “Sinclair C5”


  1. kaufman Says:

    I had a Sinclair ZX-81 as a kid – it’s in a box in my closet now, patiently waiting for me to fire it up again sometime. I didn’t know anything about this electric car – how did your friend come across it? Does it still work?

  2. Scott Says:

    The C5 was kind of the Segway of 80′s England. It was meant to revolutionize personal transportation, but Clive Sincair, much like Dean Kamen, never considered that people aren’t interested in revolutions that make them look like dorks.

  3. Steve Says:

    Yes, Adam had his C5 sent over from England

  4. Ray Ives Says:

    Good or bad,makes no diference now.
    The Sinclair C5 is one of the most collectable Sinclair items.
    Great fun to take for the odd spin and the public love to see one.
    Brings a smile to the drivers face and everyone that see it on the road or at an event.
    Lets make sure that the remaining C5s survive,so that people can keep smiling.

  5. Jason Says:

    These cars are quality, im currently renovating one. Check http://pimpmysinclairc5.blogspot.com

  6. Robert Says:

    Bruce Weiner has a Sinclair in his huge collection of microcars. It pales in comparison to the other microcars in the collection. If you are in Georgia is worth the visit!

    Love your site, by the way.

  7. Camp0s Says:

    I’m too restoring one !

    http://www.camp0s.com/Smart/c5/c5.php

    It’s finished and it’s amazing!
    Wonderfull for moving in the town, why did they failed ? … :(

    Let’s keep the legend alive !

  8. McParty Says:

    I want one… it’s so purrrrrdy!