YOUNG engineers from two Oxfordshire schools took part in a national car building contest in September 1982.

Cherwell School in Oxford and Chipping Norton School entered the annual BP Buildacar competition where children across the country showed off their creativity.

Cherwell School, which won the contest in 1980, entered a highly adaptable runabout vehicle suitable for shopping, factory staff, holiday camps and race enclosures.

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Their design, powered by a salvaged 70cc Honda engine, featured a steering and back axle assembly from an old ride-on lawn mower.

The car could be folded and easily carried about.

Their Oxfordshire rival designed a wedge-shaped convertible, powered by a 500cc engine.