Above: Tony Whiteside (R) made a new friend. Binky, Tony’s
neighbor, is an expert cra;sman and the two put together this
fun golf cart project.
Inset: ProgressiveRC thought this charging cart was a great
idea, so the company sponsored Tony with some high-tech
equipment to use on it. The chargers and electronic systems
are hidden beneath the seat.
This custom-;tted cart is the ultimate in
convenience for a fun-fly. The 2000-watt Honda
generator slides out so that you and your
friends can charge it at the flight station!
flys with electric helicopters. He, along
with a friend, built a custom-fitted golf
cart for fun-flys.
“Hi everybody, my name is Tony
Whiteside. I have been flying helis for
six years and I love all the friends I have
made and the fun I have had. Before I
start talking about the golf cart, I want to
thank my sponsors, Will James, owner of
Helifreak.com, and David Grey, owner
“These guys stepped up, and I mean
stepped up—thank y’all so much! No
way could I have made this happen
without y’all! Will James even drove to
Kentucky and worked a day with me on
“My story started when I crashed my
golf cart and I needed to get it fixed. I
did not have all the tools so I called on
my friend down the street. His name is
Binky Greenwell. I knew he worked in
painting and body work.
“I got to know [his] family a little
when I crashed a heli over their
land. I was looking for parts, and
next thing you know I was being
shot at—by their renter!
“Binky came out, put a stop to it,
and got the situation under control.
It was not a big deal, and it’s just
not a good idea to be on folks’ land
around here without permission.
“Well, anyway, their whole family
came out and helped me look for
heli stuff, and friendships were formed
right then and there. I wish I knew Binky
years ago. Thank God for the shooting,
or I would never have gotten to meet
him! He is as cool and non-judging a
man as they come. I had a blast working
with him, and he makes work fun!
“He showed me he cared about me
in many ways without saying it. That’s
how we do it here in Kentucky. We
just do things for each other, and share
with each other everything we can. He
worked really hard on
this cart! There is no
way I could have done
it without him. Thank
you so much, Binky!
“I called Binky and
he came over to take a
look at my cart and he
said, ‘I love working on
golf carts.’ He said, ‘Just
come over and we will
get started.’ My mind
races sometimes, and
I can’t slow it down—
haha. As my ideas
came, Binky would
think of ways to make
“I wanted to put a
Honda 2000 generator
in there on sliding
tracks, so we made it
work. I then wanted
some battery chargers
under the seats and
we did just that. David
sent me a 1500-watt
power supply, two
PowerLab 8 chargers,
and a 208b icharger.
He also sent me a
sidekick charger box for the hidden
toolbox in the floorboards.
“In one of the glove compartments
there will be a mad amount of USB
ports and 12-volt plug-ins. There will
also be an iPad in the headliner [and]
iPhone on the steering wheel to control
a Bose speaker system.
“Binky painted all the metal work in
tri-flake black, along with doing all the
fabrication work to make the rear-end
seats and sliding Honda generator fit.
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