Zipping About San Francisco Via Motorized Barstool
|Larry Smith's sweet, sweet ride|
The 55-year-old sailor and carpenter says he's been building his own gas-powered barstools for 25 years; he used to race them at Jack London Square in Oakland against other folks who saw fit to install a high-powered motor on backless seating devices.
|'With a bocephus sticker on his 442, he'd light 'em up just for fun...'|
Smith estimates he gets around 50 miles a gallon and could break city speed limits if he wanted to -- but he rarely does. "It's scary to go 30 miles an hour on a stool," he notes.
When the light changed, Smith shot off like a dart. He told us to visit him at his favorite waterfront bar and he'd buy us a beer. No word on whether he gets a discount there for saving wear and tear on the barstools by bringing his own.