James May to ride a working Meccano motorbike for latest Toy Stories challenge

Billy Langsworthy

By Billy Langsworthy

December 2nd 2013 at 11:30AM
UPDATED December 2nd 2013 at 12:05PM
James May to ride a working Meccano motorbike for latest Toy Stories challenge

May and the Toy Stories Team will be taking to the 38 mile TT course that circles the entire Isle of Man on a Meccano motorbike

BBC TV presenter James May is once again embarking on a new Toy Stories challenge this Christmas, as he attempts to create a motorbike built, and powered, out of Meccano.

Having built a bridge out of Meccano in the first series of Toy Stories, this time May and the Toy Stories Team will be taking to the 38 mile TT course that circles the entire Isle of Man on a Meccano motorbike.

The attempt takes place in the middle of the Isle of Man Grand Prix when thousands of bike enthusiasts will be flooding to the island.
 
The 38 mile circuit features long climbs and sharp descents but with a maximum speed of 15 mph, May aimed to complete the circuit in three days.
 
Sue Barratt, Country Manager, Meccano Toys UK Ltd, said: "This was an amazing challenge for all involved. Our design team worked in collaboration with the Toy Stories engineers to create a fully functioning motorcycle and sidecar that was capable of transporting two grown men around a 37 mile track.
 
"Over 15,000 pieces of Meccano were used in the build, which took months of problem solving and head scratching to complete. There’s 600 nuts and bolts in each wheel alone! But you'll have to watch the programme when it airs on the BBC this Christmas to find out if James and Oz managed to complete the course."
 
The bike was constructed by Toy Stories and Man Lab’s project manager, inventor and engineer Simeon Oakley over nine weeks and had not been properly tested before it took the TT course.

Take a look at the Meccano motorbike below: