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The Hover Scooter

Here's cinematic proof that a suit and tie can be worn on virtually any occasion. I suspect the stylish vertical stabilizers would have been dangerously ineffective at low speeds, rendering the vehicle almost impossible to control. In fact, it seems almost as if young Alistair collided with a hedge at the 34 second mark.

The YouTube footage appears to have been taken from the British Pathe archives. The original carried the following description: "Master shot of the hover scooter sitting on the grass as a man, Alistair Pugh, comes into shot. It looks like a funnel with handlebars attached, on top of a circular base with two silver fins sticking up from it. He walks round checking it then climbs astride it. Close ups of the controls as he starts the ignition and of the propeller starting up. Master shot as the hover scooter starts to move, and the man stands up to steer it as it glides over the grass, spraying fallen dead leaves about.

More master shots of the machine gliding round as commentator tells us it was brought over from the United States by a leading motorcycle journal, and goes on to explain the workings of the machine. As Alistair drives from the grass onto a lake we are told 'The floating-on-air principal makes it equally adaptable for water travel'; it creates lots of spray while moving about on the water.

Master shots and close ups of the scooter on the water; commentator explains 'The so-called air cushion is actually provided by air being thrust downwards under the machine, and steering is by altering (with the handlebars) the angle at which the air hits the ground and by the pilot balancing his weight accordingly.'"

The Hover Scooter [via Stuttgarter Zeitung Online]


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