New Toy Stories special inspires May’s Meccano motorbike

Published on: 6th September 2013

Tourists and locals on the Isle of Man saw James May and Oz Clarke complete a circuit of the island’s TT circuit on a motorbike made entirely of Meccano.JMM300

The celebrity duo were cheered by MotoGP fans as they set off from the Grandstand on their electric-powered bike. The challenge was filmed for a TV Christmas special of James May’s Toy Stories.

Sue Barratt, country manager of Meccano Toys (UK), said: “After having seen James take on the challenge of building a Meccano bridge over the Liverpool canal, it came as no surprise that he wanted to do something even more technically challenging for his Christmas special. We have been working closely with his team to pull together the parts to enable the bike to be built. It was quite a task; there’s 600 nuts and bolts in each wheel alone. It has all been rather hush-hush, so we’re delighted to learn that he managed to complete a lap of the world-famous TT course…even if he lived up to his nickname of Captain Slow.”

Toy Stories producer Will Daws came up with the idea for the Meccano motorbike. The bike, comprising thousands of pieces of Meccano, was constructed by Toy Stories and Man Lab’s project manager, inventor and engineer Simeon Oakley over nine weeks.

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