BMW and MINI electric kids car race

Last week we took you to the dog-eat-dog world of radio controlled car racing, with on-board footage and video race report, as organised by The Racing Bug. All fine and fun, but wouldn’t you rather actually be in the car, racing your opponents wheel to wheel for real? Yes, we thought so too, so we […]

YW electric Grand Prix gets underway

Last week we took you to the dog-eat-dog world of radio controlled car racing, with on-board footage and video race report, as organised by The Racing Bug. All fine and fun, but wouldn’t you rather actually be in the car, racing your opponents wheel to wheel for real? Yes, we thought so too, so we took the electric BMW and MINI cars we had on loan out for a thrashing, to see which came out on top. We had to enlist our youngest ever road testers due to the diminutive interiors. So which car was fastest, which one handled better, which one triumphed in the desirability stakes? There was only one way to find out: standby for the first ever YW Electric Grand Prix !



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BMW and MINI launch electric kids car range

Great gift idea: buy the kids their own electric cars With Christmas knocking on our doors next month we thought it was time to consider what the kiddies out there might want to find around the tree. iPad, no – too young, Playstation – nah, too annoying. Electric car – yeah, just the ticket for […]

MINI and BMW electric kids cars - with adult helmet to show scale

Great gift idea: buy the kids their own electric cars

With Christmas knocking on our doors next month we thought it was time to consider what the kiddies out there might want to find around the tree. iPad, no – too young, Playstation – nah, too annoying. Electric car – yeah, just the ticket for a few laps of the tree and drive!

Bring on the nice people at BMW and MINI who lent us some samples to play with. First up is a gorgeous electric MINI Cooper S convertible miniature; yours for a mere 249 Euros from www.mini.com/shop or 129 Euros in pedal car form. This deep metallic blue micro car is aimed at the 3-5 year old in your litter, comes with electric rechargeable pack and not much else. Unfortunately our particular sample got damaged en route, note to Santa: pack your sleigh a bit better pleeeeze. So ignore the crack on the rear left of the car, it certainly didn’t stop us bringing you this extreme car test.


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The Racing Bug real minature racing

YW gets the Racing Bug at MPH Show Heading out to the MPH show in Birmingham this month ? YW says search out the Racing Bug stand for a little bit of racing fun ( Stand MP46A ). Remember your Scalextric set ? Fun, but with only two lanes and a fixed track, there’s only […]

The Racing Bug circuit ready for the race start

YW gets the Racing Bug at MPH Show

Heading out to the MPH show in Birmingham this month ? YW says search out the Racing Bug stand for a little bit of racing fun ( Stand MP46A ). Remember your Scalextric set ? Fun, but with only two lanes and a fixed track, there’s only so much skill involved: sort your throttle action and the rest is easy. Remember your first radio controlled car ? You could go in any direction, only you never had the discipline to stick to a predefined course. The Racing Bug has the best features of both combined with straight-forward controls. A fixed, very clear track, steering wheel and pedals to control your car, and the excitement of racing eleven other hopefuls leads to a sensational experience. With a little practice you can transport your mind to the miniature Ferrari that bears your number and experience the adrenaline of racing with zero risk to life and limb.



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Mini vs Lambo twin test on our desktop

We pit Lambo’s Murcielago against Mini Cooper in this USB giant test! After reading our Motormouse review back last autumn, motor gizmo specialist Auto Regalia were keen for us to try other products. “How about a review of a USB stick” they asked? Seriously underwhelmed by the prospect – I mean, a stick is a […]

Auto Regalia USB Mini & Lamborghini Murcielago

We pit Lambo’s Murcielago against Mini Cooper in this USB giant test!

After reading our Motormouse review back last autumn, motor gizmo specialist Auto Regalia were keen for us to try other products. “How about a review of a USB stick” they asked? Seriously underwhelmed by the prospect – I mean, a stick is a stick, it’s just that some are made larger than others, right? “Hey, these ones are die-cast metal, beautifully detailed miniatures” they retorted. “We can even supply them in yellow!” Well that clinched it, and behold, we have a brace of “HotWheels” with capacities only juggernauts could muster to play with (4 GB in this case ).

Auto Regalia USB Mini Cooper - wheels turn

Whipped out of their packaging, the weight and solidity of the castings were immediately apparent. No flimsy, snap-fit-plastic, 5-second wonder, but finely detailed models of the real thing. Even the Mini’s taillight cluster surrounds are chrome painted. Put the two models together and the major difference is the huge rear protuberance on the 1:72 scale Lambo; like someone bolted a fridge on the back. Unlike the Mini, the USB connector is not retractable and ruins the lines of the car’s backend. Underneath the Mini a press-and-slide catch neatly stows the USB connector when not in use.


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Yellowwheels is one year old!

¡¡¡ HaPpY Birthday to Yellowwheels.com ¡¡¡ Break out the champagne – Yellowwheels is one year old! Yes, unbelievably we’ve hit our first birthday. Seems only yesterday that we took our first tentative steps into the webzine world. We’ve now covered a broad spectrum of subjects and thoroughly explored the automotive world. 120 posts and 1500 […]


¡¡¡ HaPpY Birthday to Yellowwheels.com ¡¡¡

Break out the champagne – Yellowwheels is one year old! Yes, unbelievably we’ve hit our first birthday. Seems only yesterday that we took our first tentative steps into the webzine world. We’ve now covered a broad spectrum of subjects and thoroughly explored the automotive world. 120 posts and 1500 photos later, we’re more than up and running! Keep returning here regularly for your habitual automotive feast!


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Build a Nissan 370Z over Christmas?

It’s cold and dark outside, the garage not much warmer, so what better to do than break open Tamiya’s 1/24th scale Nissan 370Z kit in front of the fire and paint/assemble whilst juggling festive cake and sipping mulled wine? Just don’t get the your mince pie crumbs in the paint! Our friends over at Scale […]

It’s cold and dark outside, the garage not much warmer, so what better to do than break open Tamiya’s 1/24th scale Nissan 370Z kit in front of the fire and paint/assemble whilst juggling festive cake and sipping mulled wine? Just don’t get the your mince pie crumbs in the paint! Our friends over at Scale Model News kindly let us run this report by guest writer Mat Irvine.

Tamiya Nissan 370Z

Tamiya Nissan 370Z


We’re looking for new wheels at SMN (ScaleModelNews) Towers, and were at the local Nissan dealer yesterday, kicking the tyres of a Note, Qashqai, and an X-Trail. Of course, the one we’d really like would be a late-used 350Z. It’s a handsome brute, but with no room for bikes, cameras, tripods and computers aboard, it can’t be on the IWOOT list, sad to say. We also had a look at the 350Z’s replacement, the 370Z, which is a somewhat dumpy-looking retro version of the original 240Z of 1969, so Mat’s report is a timely one. Now read on…

Tamiya 1/24 scale Nissan 370Z chassis and suspension

Tamiya 1/24 scale Nissan 370Z chassis and suspension

Report by Mat Irvine
The latest incarnation of Nissan’s Z-car, and the latest 1:24 scale kit from Tamiya, is the 370Z, in Japan known as the Fairlady Z. This is a ‘curbside’ kit, a term derived from US model makers to describe a model car without a separate engine, therefore destined to sit forever by the curb! But even as a curbside, this 370Z (the sixth-generation ‘Z’, released in December 2008) is full of the sort of detail one expects from Japan’s best-known name in modeling.
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Motormouse: drive a Porsche on your desktop

Treat your PC to a Porsche this Christmas ! The weather’s foul, the roads icy; what better time to stay indoors and surf the internet. To keep you company on the journey through the web, why not splash out on your very own PC Porsche? Not only will it remain under your control, but steer […]

Motormouse Porsche shaped wireless computer mouse

Motormouse Porsche shaped wireless computer mouse


Treat your PC to a Porsche this Christmas ! The weather’s foul, the roads icy; what better time to stay indoors and surf the internet. To keep you company on the journey through the web, why not splash out on your very own PC Porsche? Not only will it remain under your control, but steer you through cyberspace with style and aplomb. This season’s must-have gadget comes to you from Motormouse, a startup company that sealed it’s success by wooing investor James Caan on BBC’s Dragon’s Den TV programme.

Our silver sample came complete with a signed card by James Caan, but this is not standard, available or included in the price, but a special surprise as we picked up our motormouse from the sellers’ stand at the Earls Court MPH Show.

The packaging quality and style convinced us immediately that this was a pukka product. opening the box confirmed this was more than skin deep. Reaching in and grabbing the car, you instinctively want to push it along your desk to see how well it glides, and turn it over to inspect the pull-back motor. Hang on, this is a mouse, not scale model ! Inserting the 2 AAA alkalines provided, adds to the expectancy of self-propulsion, but a USB wireless dongle, which you store in a recess in the boot breaks the spell, and brings you back to reality…or virtual reality?!

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Jaguar E-Type MK1 1/32 scale gift

It’s not every day you get a unique personalised gift. That’s what happened when our friends at ScaleModelNews heard there was a birthday in the YW office. Little did they know that they’d really struck a chord, as contributor Tim Andrew had photographed a whole book about Jaguar E-Types back in the early nineties. Tim […]

It’s not every day you get a unique personalised gift. That’s what happened when our friends at ScaleModelNews heard there was a birthday in the YW office. Little did they know that they’d really struck a chord, as contributor Tim Andrew had photographed a whole book about Jaguar E-Types back in the early nineties.

Jaguar E-Type MK1 model

Jaguar E-Type MK1 model


Tim Andrew:
“I was blown away that David (Jefferis) had taken the trouble to hand decorate the model with miniature Yellowwheels decals. Especially as unknown to him I had shot a whole book about restoring Jaguar E-Types back to their original state with writer Philip Porter. I immediately searched for the book to check with my hunch that this was a MK1. The Saico model and box doesn’t offer info about it’s model number but I think it’s a MK1 3.8 because of the early bumpers and especially the spun aluminum dashboard, but I’ll gladly be corrected.”

The Jag now has pride of place on the YW office shelves!

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Ford Custom Street Rod model at Santa Pod

Guest Contributor David Jefferis, from our friends over at Scale Model News, just visited Santa Pod Raceway and fell for this 1:36 scale 1950s-era Ford Custom Street Rod model. There’s usually a treasure trove of models at car races and events. Collecting can be quite addictive but you need to be selective. David kindly let […]

Guest Contributor David Jefferis, from our friends over at Scale Model News, just visited Santa Pod Raceway and fell for this 1:36 scale 1950s-era Ford Custom Street Rod model. There’s usually a treasure trove of models at car races and events. Collecting can be quite addictive but you need to be selective. David kindly let us re-post his report

Ford Custom Street Rod

Ford Custom Street Rod

David Jefferis advises:
The best collector advice is always to keep your eyes open, no matter where you happen to be. And the tasty yellow custom Ford pictured above was a byproduct of a photo-video trip to the UK’s Santa Pod raceway, a honey pot for anyone who’s into the custom scene, with noise, speed, smoke and spectacle as bonus extras.
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Artist Ian Cook paints the cars

Ian Cook paints with radio controlled cars What do you do with a radio controlled car on boxing day? You’ve lapped the living room, scared the cat, bored the girlfriend with your J-turns; It’s time to get creative. Place a large canvas on the floor, pick your favourite car image, dowse paint liberally, and spin […]

Artist Ian Cook

Artist Ian Cook

Ian Cook paints with radio controlled cars

What do you do with a radio controlled car on boxing day? You’ve lapped the living room, scared the cat, bored the girlfriend with your J-turns; It’s time to get creative. Place a large canvas on the floor, pick your favourite car image, dowse paint liberally, and spin that R/C car’s wheels like there’s no tomorrow.

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