Soapbox car Denmark - Gambia (beoynd imagination)

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Project by mafe posted 02-12-2011 06:36 AM 4601 views 1 time favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Soapbox car Denmark – Gambia
No matter how much imagination, life is more fantastic…

Some of you might remember the soapbox car project I posted last summer, now this story got a new wonderful twist I want to share with you all here.

The woman upstairs where I live has been collecting things to ship for her home village in Gambia. And when I came home one day she was working on getting all this from her basement and addict into the street, since a big truck was coming. I decided to help her, and we worked our butts to get it all out. I decided also to see what I had I could spare, and found different things, like toys, a table football and while we brought out things I remembered the soapbox car, and asked her what she thought, and she thought it was a fine idea, if we really wanted to let it go.

And boy yes I had no doubt!

For those of you that do not know the story, this soapbox car was a project I made with my daughter and my girlfriends two boys. My girlfriend’s two boys were here in Copenhagen for the holyday (they are French and live in Paris with her), it was a project where we could all spend some time in my workshop, and we sure had a good time making it…

And this soapbox car was now on the way to Gambia!

The woman upstairs came home from her tour, and brought some photos and a gift for me!:

1. The wonderful kids at the Tabocoto nursery, ready to take off.
2. Look how sweet they are, my ohhh I have tears in my eyes (notice the English on the wall).
3. And time to drive, what a wonderful thing to see it running at Maries nursery school in Gambia.
4. Noe (John Wayne), Ruben and my daughter Mathilda working on the car in the basement.
5. The kids taking it for it’s first ride.
6. Me awfully happy! The kids of the nursery gave me a t-shirt as a present, need I say I was really touched.

So yes life is so much more fantastic than we can ever imagine, it can bring us gifts of life if we keep our minds open, this will sure be a wonderful memory for all the kids and I.

Press here at the soapbox car blog for more details.
Here to se the original post:
Or here to se my pedalpowered version soapbox car Femø.

Hope it can be to some inspiration,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 02-12-2011 06:45 AM

That is a great story along with a great project. Thanks for posting.

-- I started off with nothing I have most of it left

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#2 posted 02-12-2011 06:57 AM

Very cool… and kids love those soap box cars.

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#3 posted 02-12-2011 07:02 AM

How sweet is that!!
Excellent story

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#4 posted 02-12-2011 07:03 AM

You ARE the man!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#5 posted 02-12-2011 07:14 AM

Good job Mads. That lilttle French kid has a six shooter on. He would fit right in the US back in the late 50s or 60s:-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 02-12-2011 07:14 AM


lt brings back a lot of memories.

thank you!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 02-12-2011 07:28 AM

What a wonderful story and what a wonderful gift.
There is no doubt that they will enjoy every minute of that one. Even maybe inspire them to make one them selves.

-- Theresa,

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#8 posted 02-12-2011 08:24 AM

Awesome story.
Is there a way some of us jocks could donate to the cause? My son has lots of toys he’s done with and I would love to send them to those little guys.

-- Family, Friends, Jiu Jitsu, Woodworking. Order varies daily!

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#9 posted 02-12-2011 08:41 AM

What a wonderful gift you have given to these children….how could anyone see those pictures and not feel touched by what they see. And now you have the shirt from them that you can wear proudly with a wonderful story to go along with it…...just awesome :) Thank you for sharing this story and these wonderful pictures with us!

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#10 posted 02-12-2011 08:42 AM

Wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 02-12-2011 10:22 AM

Its amazing how one act of kindness can touch so many and now its touching us. Youre a good man.

-- Billp

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#12 posted 02-12-2011 10:39 AM

Amazing story

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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#13 posted 02-12-2011 11:45 AM

Mafe my friend how you doing? Great post and thx for sharing. What a great way to share. The look on there faces says it all. Hope all is well and talk to you soon Buddy!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 02-12-2011 11:58 AM

What a great story. A project that has made so many kids happy! I’m sure that the soapbox car will inspire a lot of kids there in Gambia and they will also have a lot of fun with it. You deserve feeling proud and pleased with this gift.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 02-12-2011 11:59 AM

thank´s for sharing Mads :-)
what a wonderfull reply on a gift, its a great pleasure to see gift´s being used

take care

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