There are a couple of stories about how the Sky Lab got its name. The first says that these vehicles first came out about the same time as the American satellite was making the news and
the inventor look the name for his new machine. A more amusing version is that the appellation was given by observers of the handling ability of the beast, likening it to the less than dignified re-entry of the original Sky Lab back into the earth’s
atmosphere. Regardless, it’s an interesting name for an interesting vehicle.
Originating in Udon Thani Province in Northeastern Thailand, Sky Labs are now found many upper Essan provinces.
The wooden thing in the background is a giant version of a Pong Larng, a percussion instrument essential to Essan music and the front forks of the Sky Lab shown are not nearly as extended as they tend to be in many versions of this popular utility