This is a quick whizz round the buggy and demonstration of the leading link suspension system Popeye built into the forks. I'll add more action stuff as soon as I've shot it. It's HD so press play, pause it to let it load up, then hit full screen for HD loveliness.


Popeye the Welder - custom built kite buggies


Carl Lambert (Aka - Popeye the Welder)



PTW Kite Buggy Project

PTW Kite Buggy Project

PTW Kite Buggy Project

PTW Kite Buggy Project


PTW Buggy Project

When I first started kite buggying, back in 1994, my buggy was a home-made affair - knocked together from scrap mild steel lying around the sculpture studio, with a plastic school chair perched on top serving duty as the seat! Power came from a stack of 6' Flexi stackers: they generated plenty of it, but with no lateral support I was constantly skiding off the seat and crashing the kites. I'd have to start all over again (this was in the days before traction kiting was banned at Epsom racecourse).

It was hopeless. I almost gave up. Then, my friend Adam made me a much more professional affair as a wedding present: this one was the one that sealed my fate, as it were, addicting me to kite buggying for the rest of my life. It had proper side rails meaning I could hold down much more power, and actually get somewhere without being dragged sideways out of the buggy! A good thing too because by this time I'd met Chris Sands and bought a set of four line foil plans from him: these were for Skytiger type kites and raised the bar in power considerably.

That buggy served me faithfully until one day I saw a Peter Lynn race buggy in the Covent Garden Kite Store - would you believe it, it had suspension! I had to have it, and still being impoverished having only just recently graduated, I put it on layaway and paid a little towards it each week. That was the buggy that saw me through the next ten years and which I loved to bits; but time took its toll, and a spectacular crash at Atmosphere 09 finally consigned the forks & headset to the grave. I was very upset.

What to do? The cheep and simple solution was to buy another PL headset and have done with it. There was a but though. I had made the mistake of sitting in a gorgeous stainless steel buggy parked outside the BuggyBags tent at Atmosphere 09, and I couldn't get it out of my mind.

It was the PTW Cheetah (Popeye The Welder) and it fitted like a glove - I was absolutely astonished; it made my battered old PL buggy seem like a very poor relation indeed!

When I discovered that Popeye made them to order I thought to myself "I wonder if he could make me a new set of forks to fit my PL?"

I got Popeye's email from his website, and got in touch.

Yes, of course he could do it for me; but, "wouldn't it be better to ditch the rest of the PL and build anew?" he asked.

"But I like the suspension on the back of my PL" I replied

"You could keep the PL rear axle, build new from there forwards and have suspension all round" he said.