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Edd China's Sofa Car: Oh, What A Vehicle

I can think of many uses for one ...



I attended the Kop Hill Climb in Princes Risborough this weekend with my old Aston Martin. It's a brilliant car show and I was employed by Michael Graham Estate Agents to put Doris on their stand ...

Edd China donned a leopard print throw and hurtled up the hill climb.

Edd China donned a leopard print throw and hurtled up the hill climb.

copyright: klop hill climb

Having such a distinguished classic car on display encourages people to come on to the stand where they get a glass of wine or cup of coffee. I also did magic tricks to keep the public amused.

"A fine time was had by all."

I had plenty of time to look around the show which was a great bonus, seeing all the mad cars and chatting to their equally crazy owners.

One of my loves has always been Model T Ford cars, mainly I suspect because my all-time favourites, Laurel and Hardy, used - and indeed destroyed - them in various of their sublime films.

So many of these vehicles were made that you can still pick one up for around £12,000, which is incredible really and I've always slightly hankered after one. The downside is that they are pretty tricky to drive, with a very different clutch and gear system to the one we are now used to. But I'd love to just turn up at the pub in one.

"But yesterday my eye was taken by a new form of transport: A sofa."

Yes, that's right, a sofa. The ever ingenious Edd China who has a track record of eccentric vehicles, was there with some of his creations. Now I've heard of Edd as he is well known and holds the world record for the fastest mobile bed, which is some record to hold in my opinion. (69 MPH if you're interested), but I'd never seen any of his creations live. He holds other records too and is most certainly worth looking up if you, like me, are slightly theatrical.

My eye has now, for the time being at least, been drawn away from the Model T Ford and towards the mobile sofa. It's difficult to explain, so here is a short clip of Edd on his sofa:

He's a really nice chap as well, but I fear that it would cost somewhat more than a Model T Ford to ask Edd to build me one, so I guess I'll just have to gaze in wonder.

We're still working out how to get disabled and older people down to the Arches Theatre at Clifton Reynes (See my previous blog posts about that) and wouldn't it be marvellous to bring them down to the venue on a sofa? Plus, I could take my daughter to school on it.

Ah well, we all have our dreams.

Until next time ...


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More about David Pibworth ...

David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.

Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.

He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.

He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.

David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.