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James May, Now With 45% More Toy Car Action! August 7, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chad L. @ 9:38 am
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Top Gear presenter James May is at it again! After first building a house out of Lego Bricks he has set his sights higher, and is attempting to adapt the famous banked track at Brooklands, Weybridge into the worlds longest Scalextric track.

May will use 20,000 separate sections of track to match the original 2.75 mile (4.42km) circuit and beat the current record of 1.59 miles (2.56km).

Brooklands, in Weybridge, closed in 1939 and the track will have to cross a river and roads to complete a circuit.

Brooklands was the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit.

It opened on 17 June 1907 and closed at the outbreak of World War II in 1939, when the aerodrome was requisitioned by the government and was devoted to the production of Vickers and Hawker aircraft including the Hurricane fighter plane and the Wellington Bomber.

It had two huge banked sections nearly 30ft (9m) high and cost £150,000 to build – a massive sum in those days.

[via BBC NEWS | UK | England | Surrey | May to attempt Scalextric record.]

 

Top Gear Presenter To Build Two-Story Lego Home July 27, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chad L. @ 1:40 am
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James May of Top Gear fame has a new project, and he is looking for help from the public to pull it off. On August 1, he is looking to start building a two-story house fully out of Lego. Of course making a home out of Lego comes with it’s own set of troubles.

“I’ve got a man working on a flushing Lego lavatory. We think it’s possible.

“Things like power supply, sanitation and plumbing coming into the house are as they could be for a real building… everything within my Lego house must as far as possible be Lego,” May said.

May said although he already had thousands of Lego bricks, he could not be sure there would be enough.

[Top Gear star to build Lego house]