Perth’s newest motorised picnic table comes complete with barbecue built in. Photo: Gumtree The innovative design keeps the fuel tank well away from the barbecue. Photo: Gumtree
The aquatic version of the motorised picnic table has been more prevalent of late. Photo: Daniel Samuelsson
Last year’s Scarborough shenanigans first brought motorised picnic tables into the public eye. Photo: Supplied
Perth’s status as the ride-on, motorised picnic table capital of Australia only seems to be growing – with the latest on-wheels version popping up on Gumtree, complete with go-kart brakes, built-in barbeque and price tag in the vicinity of $2000.
More recently, it has been floating picnic table boats with outboard motors that have captured the attention, with a new model seen being tested out on the Swan River late last week.
But the model that has just arrived on Gumtree harks back to the land-based version that garnered fame last year, when a bunch of mates took their table for spin near Scarborough beach and earned a warning from police for their troubles.
The installation of a barbeque on the new machine is a new and attractive wrinkle.
“Up for grabs is a freshly built new model of the picnic tables that featured on such pages as WA Police, 7 News [and] 9 News,” the Gumtree ad reads.
“This one has just reached completion and been for its first test run (on a closed road for the police looking at this ad), and now ready for you to buy and take to any events that are table-friendly.”
“The barbeque is fully functional – the lid is hinged so it folds over… and the petrol tank is under the seat to keep it away from the heat of the barbeque.”
Owner Wade Scott doesn’t plan on the online sale being a once-off.
“[I’m] not really sure on what I’ll get for it – just testing the waters with it on Gumtree, and [then I’ll] go from there,” he said.
“I’m just selling because I’m making a few more.”
Last year the media focus surrounding the viral Scarborough footage became so strong that even Police Minister Liza Harvey spoke on the subject, concerned about the safety implications of “riders” cross the busy intersection of West Coast Highway and Scarborough Beach Road.
“Police are concerned for the safety of those riding on the tables with no protective clothing, especially when on roads alongside motor vehicles,” a police spokesperson told WAtoday.
“There are overall safety concerns particularly if a traffic incident was to occur, resulting in the persons subjecting themselves to potential injury.”
In light with those concerns, Mr Scott’s ad has come with its own, personalised warning:
“Don’t recommend Scarborough Beach Road though.”
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