Since it did not use petrol for fuel, it was better forthe environment than a car.
However, it was very slow, small and low to theground, making it look more like a children’s toyrather than a proper vehicle for an adult.
Further, it was not powerful enough to go up hills, gave no protection from Britain’s frequent rain, and did not look very safe.
The newspapers thought his new invention was ridiculous, and he could only sell about 12,000 of these vehicles.
Sinclair’s reputation suffered as a result, but he is still respected for his earlier successes.
By the end of the 1980s, Sinclair had tired of his various businesses, and was throwing himselfinto British Mensa, a club for clever people.
He was its chairman from 1980 to 1997, and Mensa’s membership figures boomed under hisdirection.
His managing skills and strength of personality made the society a very well-knownorganization.
Though Sinclair has slowed down a bit in recent years, he is still inventing and selling newthings.
His latest product is a bicycle that can be folded up small enough to fit into a bag.
Such a bicycle helps the environment and it useful for office workers who want to cycle to andfrom work.
Sinclair has been successful because he possesses both the intelligence and a firm will tosucceed.
Sinclair has had a full and interesting life. I hope that you have enjoyed his story in today’sprogramme.