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The man known as Captain Slow may have finally found a task worthy of his name. Top Gear host James May plans to complete a lap of the Isle of Man TT course for an upcoming episode of his own show Toy Stories. Here's the catch: he'll do it on a motorcycle made of parts from Meccano construction sets, Toy News reports.
That means May's lap will probably be the slowest in TT history. With a maximum speed of 15 mph, May estimates it will take three days to complete the 38-mile course.The bike was constructed from over 15,000 pieces--including 600 nuts and bolts in each wheel--over nine weeks by Simeon Oakley, project manager for Toy Stories and May's other solo project, Man's Lab.
Toy Stories documents May doing outlandish things with toys, including building a full-size house out of LEGO, assembling a life-size model kit of a World War II Spitfire fighter, and reconstructing a defunct railroad line with OO-scale model trains. He also tried to recreate the famous Brooklands race circuit with a slot car track.
Fittingly, the toy motorcycle episode airs on Christmas. Tune in to the BBC to see if James May makes it all the way around the Isle of Man in one piece.