Shropshire man's souped-up dodgem cars make bumper impact on film crew

Take two old fairground dodgem cars, add a load of random parts from a couple of mobility scooters and this is the dramatic result.

Shropshire man's souped-up dodgem cars make bumper impact on film crew

Adrian Sandercock, of Dorrington, near Shrewsbury, spent six months tinkering in his workshop until he emerged with dodgems worthy of being seen on the street.

The traditional bumper cars look just the part – and have become something of a novelty with neighbours in the cul-de-sac where he lives.

The 36-year-old railway maintenance worker bought and then stripped down the mobility scooters and used the parts to convert the dodgems from electric to battery power. He then gave them a sporty makeover complete with lime green seats and black bodywork.

It might be a labour of love – and uses for battery-powered dodgems are limited on the streets of Shropshire. But his hard work has paid off as Adrian is now to become a star of a cult television documentary. TV executives have asked him to appear on Channel 4 show The Posh Pawnbrokers.

Filming took place last week and the episode, which uncovers the hidden world of high-end pawnbroking and those who like to wheel and deal to make a profit, will be screened in March or April.

A film crew visited Adrian's home and took a good look at the dodgems – and his bid to sell one of them on to prospective buyers.

He is now waiting for one of the possible buyers to make him an offer, although quietly he admits that he isn't likely to let them go.

Adrian said: "I bought the dodgems for £250 and then paid £200 for the scooters. They were in a really bad condition and I spent six months renovating them.

"They are great fun and the children love to use them in the cul-de-sac. They came to the attention of the TV show because when I finished them I put one up on an internet site to see how much interest I could generate.

"It was phenomenal. The film crew are coming back at the end of the month and then they will film me as they make me an offer. But I have to say that I don't plan to sell them."

Adrian frequently gives his children Harvey, 14, McKenzie, four, Charlie, two, and Freddie, five months, a spin on the dodgems under the watchful eye of wife Rachel, 35.

"They are basically mobility scooters so they can be ridden on the road but we just keep them to the cul-de-sac. They are just great fun," added Adrian.

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