Conor, 13, Ollie, 15, and Emily, 6, with their bathing cards. (Photo: Donna Hicks / SWNS.COM)
These creative siblings and their father built out of an old card pool, equipped with brakes and steering, to have fun while blocking the coronavirus.
Conor, 13, Ollie, 15, and Emily, 6, tried their hand at go-karting in their backyard and on the street next to their house in Helensburg, Argyle and Bute as handymen.
Father Aaron Hicks, a former engineer in the Royal Netherlands Navy, has instructed his children to keep them busy while they are stuck at home.
The map, called Havelock Flyer Mk 6, was built using an old bath of dirt and cut material that was saved from collisions at the Knockhill racetrack in Fife.
Aaron, 42, and his two sons are motorsport enthusiasts and have carefully built a go-kart with brakes and steering.
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said Donna’s proud mother, 46: It was my husband’s idea at first, but he and the two guys are really passionate about motorsport.
They both love karting and are both very talented, but they don’t do it as a serious hobby or anything like that.
They all explored the best options in different ways.
Conor, Ollie and Emily (Photo: Donna Hicks / SWNS.COM)
This time he has full brakes and steering, so there is still a lot to do.
We were joking because they got technical classes in the afternoon, because they had to work at school in the morning.
The map is the sixth car the family has built together, and it is the most complex of them all.
Donna said the lockdown gave them time to plan the project. This, combined with the materials and skills at their disposal, has created the perfect storm for kart racing.
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She went on to say: We live in a very quiet cul-de-sac on gentle slopes.
It’s not like they go fast or far.
The boys are experienced in dealing cards, and they don’t go at full speed.
You can never take risks, and children need to learn to take risks and have fun.
There is a myth that the world today is more dangerous than 10 or 20 years ago, but statistically this is not the case.
Check this level of detail (Picture: Donna Hicks / SWNS.COM).
Donna, a former social worker, said more than anything, it’s hard to keep your mind alive.
I always had to remind his father that it was for boys, because he exaggerated it.
The point is, her dad really gave her a number.
But karting isn’t the only thing a family with a passion for karting has done to distract themselves during a lockdown.
Donna said: They also painted what they call a men’s cave – a wooden shed in the garden.
The fences were painted, the paint was gone.
We tried to keep busy.
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