Brad Sanders drives the sand rail with his chin at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes

During the summer of 2008, this sand rail was adapted to allow Brad to control the throttle using a mechanical lever with his chin. His brother handles the steering (for now!), brakes and can override the throttle by depressing the clutch. Brad runs the gas by pushing forward in a racquet ball. The ball is hooked to a lever that pulls on a second throttle cable (previously used for cruise control).

A racquet ball was used because it fit perfectly (just a bit snug) in Brad's old chin cup and had a good grippy surface. We tried three different methods of mounting the ball.

The next step is speed proportional steering control.

Day 1 - Getting the feel for the gas pedal

Day 2 - Brad takes Deb for a ride

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