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Hotelier travels back to the 80s to beat the traffic
5:00pm Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
OWNER of the Evesham Hotel John Jenkinson has brought back the infamous eighties Sinclair C5 in order to escape traffic jams during the closure of the town’s Abbey Bridge.
Mr Jenkinson, who runs the hotel in Waterside, decided to get his small vehicle back on the road to avoid the tailbacks, which have occured since the bridge was closed on September 19 for 10 weeks as part of the work to replace it.
The battery-powered Sinclair C5, which was launched 28 years ago, was an object of ridicule and once voted the biggest innovation disaster of all time, but Mr Jenkinson says it is the best way to travel in Evesham at the moment.
“The idea is to help with the traffic system within the town,” said Mr Jenkinson. “I have only taken it out a couple of times since the bridge has been closed. It’s the most I have taken it out for a while.” Mr Jenkinson bought the vehicle for £399. He said: “I got it when it was launched in August 1985.
“The launch cost is the equivalent to £1,070 nowadays.
“It is still certainly cheap. I thought it was a good idea and I have had it since then.
“As a mode of transport it wasn’t very good. They claimed it would be able to go up to 24 miles per charge but I only ever got six from it.
“I used to use it round town just as a bit of a laugh, then I began to use it as a flower pot outside the hotel. About 10 years ago, I realised that it had become iconic.”
But Mr Jenkinson added: “Laughter is the main reaction I get in town. It is nice being able to see people enjoying it.
“Everyone has heard about them but few people have had a go in them.”
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