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Great Invention photo essay: The Sled to Beat all Sleds

On Friday, January 29, 2010, we received the first tip from a reliable source, Don Neat, that a major invention was underway in PJs Cycle Shop in Ozark, KY. Later in the day, the first photo arrived showing Don Neat, Thomas Long, and John with a photo of the creation, and on Monday, February first we received pictures of the vehicle being field tested.

The photographic documentation is by Melissa Carter.

At this point, we are uncertain whether the Smithsonian would prefer the Red Letter day marking the technological advance as January 29, 2010, or the day the test ride was successful, but that is a matter for historians.

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The sled to beat all sleds

2010-01-29 - PJs Cycle. - Photo by Melissa Carter. "John Carter, right and Thomas Long decided to manufacture a sled in anticipation of the first significant snowfall that our area has experienced in many years. Skeptically, Don Neat, center, watched as they made their final modifications to the unit," writes Melissa Carter. "The project began with an idea and a 220 Kawasaki Bayou fourwheeler frame. The builders took the stripped frame and welded it onto a car hood. Equipped with handlebars, footpegs, and a factory seat, the unit is definitely one of a kind. By pulling back on the handlebars, the idea is that the front of the sled will raise thus causing it to pick up speed on the snow," she wrote. "Now they anxiously wait like two kids on Christmas Eve for the snow to accumulate so they can put their sled to the test." A footnote. Like three kids. Don Neat vows to be the first one to test the invention.
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Exciting moment before test of Sled to Beat All Sleds

2010-02-02 - Photo by Stacy Brown. Columbia, Adair Co., KY
One of the most exciting events in the history of Adair County occurred this week when the Sled to Beat all Sleds, created at PJs Cycle in Columbia, KY, by inventors John Carter and Thomas Long was tested. The SBAS worked, but the dry snow was no help. The sled had to be towed behind a Jeep. In the photo above are, from left, Drew Smith, Johnny McInteer, in helmet; Tomas Long in the balaclava, Kevin Crockett, and John Carter.

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Super Sledding: The SBAS in action

2010-02-02 - Ozark, KY - Photo by Stacy Brown. With John Carter at the wheel of the tow Jeep, test driver Kevin Crockett is off on the maiden voyage on The Sled to Beat All Sleds.
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Sled to Beat All Sleds leaving snow cloud trail

2010-02-02 - Adair Co., KY - Photo by Stacy Brown. Fearless test driver Kevin Crockett was leaving a trail of blowing snow as he was towed at a high rate of speed across this Russell Creek bottom.
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