Report from the world of backyard technology


Photography by Michael Dowling

Shopper Chopper

So you want to polish up your metalworking skills, you’ve just bought a welder, and you’re interested in mechanical engineering. If you’re like Michael Dowling and Noam Davidson, you acquire a shopping cart and build a go-kart out of it.

“Noam has wanted to build a go-kart for awhile,” explains Dowling. “With a Safeway shopping cart we found, and an old lawnmower motor, the idea just presented itself.”

“We thought that it would be hilarious if we could speed down the aisles of a grocery store, doing some high-speed shopping and then race out ...

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