Jim builds his own dream machine

Jim Hodgkinson, from Ripponden, and his home made kit car.
Jim Hodgkinson, from Ripponden, and his home made kit car.
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A man who survived a brain tumour and heart surgery says building his own car helped him recover from illness.

Jim Hodgkinson, 59, a technician at Exley School who lives in Ripponden, spent four years constructing his Pembleton three wheel car.

He said: “I was diagnosed with a brain tumour four years ago and got into a depression about it. My doctor advised me to do something to take my mind off it.

“I had to have a heart operation too because I’d had a problem since I was little where it wouldn’t beat properly

“I’d always wanted a Morgan three wheeler and found a Pembleton three wheeler online and ordered it straight away.

“The body is built out of sheets of aluminium and I built a bending machine in my garage to bend the metal.

“It really got me through it all.

“Without the car I would have been really depressed.

“It’s become a little star of its own. I can’t actually believe I built it when I take it out.”