Editor's Note: Our sibling site, YourWestValley.com, recently produced this series (story, column and video) on Sun City resident Jerry Zwack and his unorthodox new ride: a motorized tricycle he made from his couch.
Story: Couch potato rolls in style
Not your ordinary couch potato, Jerry Zwack has taken his couch on the road.
A Sun City resident, Zwack is riding around on a homemade motorized tricycle. The difference is ... it’s a couch he’s sitting on.
It all started with his wife, Susan. Tired of him sitting around the house, she said to him, “Why don’t you go outside and do something. You’re nothing but a couch potato.”
He said: “That was my inspiration.
“Started out as a gag ... TV, and the couch, and the trunk and the whole thing; make it look like I’m watching TV. When I got it built, turns out it’s really therapeutic for me. Just driving around, I’ve got beautiful sunshine here and the beautiful temperatures.”
His couch transportation, which he built about 15 months ago, has an odometer on it with 1,700 logged miles. “I didn’t put it on there until it had 1,000 miles on it.” he said.
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Column: Ingenious couch potato rides in comfort
Riding around Sun City sitting on a couch in a motorized tricycle he built, resident Jerry Zwack is having a great time, and from the looks of it, those who see him, are too, as they break into smiles and wave at him.
As I spotted him over a week ago while I was on my way back to the office, I couldn’t believe my eyes, a man riding around on a couch. I followed him for several minutes and flagged him down. I had my camera, and I was thinking a photo. When I pulled up behind him, forget the photo, this is a story.
I asked him, “What’s the story with this?” He proceeded to tell me about his wife and her complaining that he’s a couch potato. He said she said, “Why don’t you go outside and do something. You’re nothing but a couch potato.”
Say no more. I got my story a few days later. As it turns out, the whole thing “Started out as a gag ... TV, and the couch, and the trunk and the whole thing; make it look like I’m watching TV,” said Zwack. “When I got it built, turns out it’s really therapeutic for me. Just driving around.”
Zwack invited me to ride with him, and I got to experience firsthand the look on people’s faces. Whether they were in vehicles, walking, in a store parking lot, golf course — it didn’t matter, they all stopped what they were doing to look, smile, and some waved.
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Video: 'The Couch Car'
Watch the video: 'The Couch Car'