Local Government Correspondent
EVEL KNIEVEL jumped 13 London buses on a
Harley Davidson; Eddie Kidd leapt the Great Wall
of China on a Honda CR500. Now Adam Harper aims
to cross the Thames on a tightrope using a Zike -
"baby brother" of the Sinclair C5.
As the world agent for the
much-derided C5, the brainchild of Sir Clive
Sinclair, Mr Harper hopes to wipe the smile off a
few faces when he uses the inventor's Zike - a
zero-emission bicycle - to make money for charity
and raise the profile of electrically-powered
The Kent cycle shop owner
demonstrated a practice rig for his latest stunt
today to promote Kensington and Chelsea council's
Environment flay. His Thames challenge, on behalf
of the Arthritis Association, will involve
crossing the river along a steel cable stretched
from the Houses of Parliament to St Thomas'
Feats of daring are nothing new
to the man who bought 700 C5s as bankrupt stock
when the manufacturer went under in l987. Mr
Harper, 32, has already fitted one C5 with a
supercharged aircraft battery to increase its
original top speed from 15mph to 150mph, with an
acceleration of 0-60mph in six seconds.
He has even driven one of the
zippy models though a 70ft tunnel of fire.
"I have put some cutting-edge technology
into the C5 to prove that electrically-powered
vehicles can be really fast," he said.