A flying Dutchman is a Dutch type of skelter named after the famous ship, which got his name because of it's speed (The legend says it had the wind in the sails for 7 years after the Captain sold his soul to the Devil).
About this creation
Well, if you wanted to go very fast on this kart you'll have to sell a bit more than just your soul. This things are so extreemly hard to drive. I had one, never drove more than a meter forward before I'd reverse it by accident. The point is that you have to "row" in order to drive, and the handelbars were connected to a crankshaft. But the crankshaft didn't always go the right way at the so called "dead point". And than there was the steering. You had to steer with your legs, which have far less fine locomotion. I can't remember in how many walls I ended up.
But, non the less, it was a fun project to design.
A look at the instigation mechanism.
A commercial poster from the KLM (The Dutch Royal Airlines) staring the legendairy Ship and the Uiver (White Stork), a KLM Douglas DC-2 with registration number PH-AJU, also known as the Flying Dutchman.
A classic Flying Dutchman.
Two modern Flying Dutchman.
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