Did you know that the gents from Top Gear do a lot more than just make us all laugh on the telly for a few Sundays each year? It's true, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May all have other projects, newspaper columns or TV shows to keep them busy, but predictably, these aren't your average day jobs.

May, for example, will be riding the 38-mile-long Isle of Man Tourist Trophy course on, of all things, a full-size motorized trike made of Meccano. Meccano, for those that aren't in the know, are what our friends across the pond call Erector Sets. Yes, he's going to run the weaving, hilly Isle of Man TT course on 15,000 pieces of Meccano. How hard can it be? Well, considering the traditionally difficult conditions on the course, the 38-mile length and the Meccano's 15-mile-per-hour top speed, we're thinking it'll be pretty darn hard.

The challenge is part of May's show that isn't Top Gear, Toy Stories, which sees Captain Slow take on life-size challenges with children's toys. He's previously built a Supermarine Spitfire from an Airfix kit and built a full-size house out of Lego. This is the second time May has featured Meccano on the show, as the third episode of the first season saw him build a life-size, rolling drawbridge.

It certainly sounds like an interesting challenge, and one we can't wait to see May carry out. Here's hoping the show, which airs on BBC Two, will make it to the US.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      Toy Stories is by far one of the best shows ever. Anyone who hasn't seen it should seek it out.
      Jeff the Baptist
      • 1 Year Ago
      BBC America has shown the first two seasons of Toy Stories in the states. They also show Man Lab as well.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If he did it in August he probably finished last week.
      • 1 Year Ago
      glad to hear theres new episodes of Toy Stories, I was hoping theyd bring it back
      • 1 Year Ago
      James is my favorite Top Gear host.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ehhh, he did this back in August.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Already happened in august, the bike had a sidecar. It is seriously the 3rd hit on youtube when you search meccano motorcycle. Old news Autoblog
      • 1 Year Ago
      I always remember him as the guy who looks a lot like Clarkson. Back when I was first watching TopGear very casually I'd catch an episode here or there and confuse him for Clarkson before I really knew much about who they were.
      • 1 Year Ago
      How many more wacky things can those spunky brits come up with to entertain us? Hmmm, thanks for the try Jimmy.
      • 1 Year Ago
      A show without the knockknee imp.