Re: Weird timing
The little ones are great fun to drive. There's a place near Reading that have a couple you can race. Went there for a stag do.
Doing a sort of handbrake turn is the easiest way to steer, though not terribly useful, unless you want to do a full 180. It took quite a bit of practice to be able just go left a little bit.
Oh, and very noisy. Didn't vibrate as much as the old cross Channel ones did though.