The "Thom Williams Special":
This homemade bobsleigh was built in 1923 by H.K. Williams and a friend at age 15. They made it from an oak plank, a car steering wheel and a battery powered spotlight. The runners were steel shod and articulated on the front to steer like a regular car wheel. The top speed from a standing start was 45 miles per hour down Edmonton's 121st Street hill. The sled crashed in 1924 and all that is left are fond memories and this black and white picture.
Photo by H.K. Williams.
Courtesy of the
Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum