KINROSS Wolaroi School year 12 student Tom Rummery and his dad thought long and hard about their problem.
How could they get dirt bikes on the back of a dual cab and tow a trailer?
It was a serious problem that needed a serious answer and hundreds of hours later, Tom had his light bulb moment.
A moment that could propel him to fame and fortune.
He designed a bike rig and, with help from Orange Precision Metalcraft, he has a bike rack worthy of a patent.
“OPM helped me with the curved sections but it is all an original design,” he said.
Tom took out a 12-month provisional patent on his design and has one year to decide whether to take it further.
But his mind is almost made up.
He already has a spot to exhibit it at the Australian National Field Days.
The project was his major work for industrial technology, a project he and his dad will use forever, he said.
Head teacher David de Bruyn said when he looked at all the finished designs, which included a diesel tanker, boat trailer, quad bike and barbecue, he could feel nothing but pride for his students.
“They are a really dedicated bunch. They were here on school holidays, after school, weekends,” he said.
To produce the calibre of work seen at the school, the students hade to work as a team, he said.
“This whole thing really is a team effort and they have to rely on each other and help each other.”