A fun-loving uncle has put a smile on his nephew’s lips by helping his dream come to reality. Calden Ashley, an 11-year-old boy has had his wish fulfilled when his uncle, Leigh Downing built a rollercoaster based on the sketches he made himself.
Leigh and his son Charlie made use of plastic pipes to design the rails of the 230-foot-long ‘Big Dipper.’ They also made use of abandoned wood and metal to design the frame of the rollercoaster.
The ride’s seat was designed with a wooden cutting board. The duo built the rollercoaster as a surprise for 11-year-old Calden. Calden was growing tired of staying indoors due to the lockdown restrictions. As a result of the restrictions, he couldn’t see his pals during summer vacation.
Calden has been rollercoaster mad for as long as I can remember. Even before he was tall enough to ride, he was designing them on a computer. It all started a couple of years ago when I had an operation and was off work for a couple of months. I gave Calden a wooden marble rollercoaster kit I had when I was a child. He was so thrilled with it.Calden’s uncle
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Leigh further said that his son Charlie once made a small rollercoaster for Calden to ride and when he was presented with it, Calden was thrilled about it. However, after a couple of years, he had lost interest in it. This latest idea of building a rollercoaster was initiated during the lockdown and the coaster was built within eight days.
20-year-old Charlie who had performed excellently in his GCSE at age eleven and skipped A levels to study mathematics and science in the university is known to be a hobby mechanic. Leigh who was once a mechanic told his nephew that he should begin the foundation of the rollercoaster and the design would be based on it.
Calden built the sketch which included every bunny hop, twist, and turn. Leigh maintained that the work has brought himself, his son, and nephew together as a family. He further said that their next design is going to be a rollercoaster made of steel with a loop and corkscrew.