Le Cuistax

LE CUISTAX. Postcard from Knokke-Heist, West Flanders, Belgium, 1950s. On the right is a ‘cuistax’. A holiday on the Belgian coast was considered incomplete until the family had rented a cuistax (go-cart) and had a spin along the beach.

They were supposedly invented by Belgian cycle maker Flandria in the 1930s when they had the idea of welding two tandems together to provide an indestructible pedal-operated beach hire vehicle for children and adults.

In 2018 I sold an unidentified French pedal car that was so well-constructed that it must have been built as a beach hire car.