JCB launch digger with coffee built in

How about a digger that makes the tea? JCB do one! When we featured a JCB loader to ferry a crazy guy around Trafalgar Square last year, we thought to ourselves “what’s really missing is some in flight coffee.” Well, not really…But, lo and behold, JCB must have been listening and have spawned the world’s […]

coffee on the go in yer JCB

How about a digger that makes the tea? JCB do one!

When we featured a JCB loader to ferry a crazy guy around Trafalgar Square last year, we thought to ourselves “what’s really missing is some in flight coffee.” Well, not really…But, lo and behold, JCB must have been listening and have spawned the world’s first digger with an on board coffee maker. Spooky timing, as we’ve just kitted out the YW office with a Nespresso machine. We’re not up to speed with how JCB’s machine works, but it produces hot water and presumably sports some kind of filter arrangement for the coffee brewing. If your tipple is tea then just use the hot water and a good old bag of burnt leaves.
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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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Popemobile cranked up to speed

YW kits out the Pope with some speedy transport Trundling around at walking pace in an 8 year old 4×4 – that’s no way for a modern Pope to show his credentials, spread the word and cover some ground. We thought we’d equip him with some serious wheels for his UK visit. I mean, Edinburgh […]

Radical Popemobile hits the streets

YW kits out the Pope with some speedy transport

Trundling around at walking pace in an 8 year old 4×4 – that’s no way for a modern Pope to show his credentials, spread the word and cover some ground. We thought we’d equip him with some serious wheels for his UK visit. I mean, Edinburgh to London at 4mph? Nah, we can get him down from the dizzy heights of Scotland to the low life of London in a gnat’s whisker with our seat-of-your-pope-mobile. Think supercar meets garden shed and you have some idea of the direction we’re taking. Construction was well underway last year, but some awkward homologation issues delayed deployment. The Vatican has very precise requirements for their numero uno. The result is concocted from existing machinery to minimise scrutineering hiccups, and combines the sci-fi dynamics of 200mph+ projectiles with the class of retro supercars. Batman: eat your heart out, Robin donate your cape.

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Cummins 3,500 bhp powered Mini sports 12 turbos

Most powerful Mini yet with 3,500 bhp on tap You can hear it now: you work for a company making slightly invisible products usually topped out with another manufacturer’s glossy body and want to shout about it. The boss says “make something wild and attention grabbing”. The result is baffling and downright stupid, but put […]

Cummins 3,500bhp Mini

Most powerful Mini yet with 3,500 bhp on tap

You can hear it now: you work for a company making slightly invisible products usually topped out with another manufacturer’s glossy body and want to shout about it. The boss says “make something wild and attention grabbing”. The result is baffling and downright stupid, but put it on display and….the public will love it, won’t they?


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Istanbul, Turkey and yellow cars

Yellow Taksi in Istanbul There are very few private yellow cars in Turkey. A recent trip to Istanbul verified this. Plenty of yellow trucks, we even spotted a yellow helicopter, but no cars…That’s because Istanbul’s taxis, or “taksi” are yellow, so who in their right mind would want to be flagged down and directed to […]

FIAT taksi waits for passengers near mosque


Yellow Taksi in Istanbul

There are very few private yellow cars in Turkey. A recent trip to Istanbul verified this. Plenty of yellow trucks, we even spotted a yellow helicopter, but no cars…That’s because Istanbul’s taxis, or “taksi” are yellow, so who in their right mind would want to be flagged down and directed to the Blue Mosque when dropping off the kids at school? Unable to spare the time to drive to Turkey in the YW yellow Golf (!), we were obliged to jump aboard the odd taksi for our long weekend in the capital. Obliged, sounds forceful, but we had been warned of the super-hero standard of the cabbie’s driving there. Super-heroes, can skip traffic lights, dodge potholes, slip through traffic at the speed of light without ever endangering life or limb. And these super-schumachers don’t even need to stop at a phone booth to stick their underpants on the outside. Good thing that YouTube is banned in Turkey so they can’t watch the video of the ride, although word has it a few seconds organizing a proxy server circumnavigates this embarrassing censorship.


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YW chauffeurs Trafalgar “plinther” – episode 2

Episode 2 of 3 of our bizarre Trafalgar Square saga. See: Episode 1 , Episode 3 Intro and recap What do you get if you mix a JCB, a monk, and a vampire? Answer: an hour’s worth of 4th Plinth material. We think an explanation is in order… Location: Trafalgar Square London, UK Date: 21st […]

4th plinther Adam Lyal (deceased) aka Robin Mitchell + JCB

4th plinther Adam Lyal (deceased) aka Robin Mitchell + JCB


Episode 2 of 3 of our bizarre Trafalgar Square saga.
See: Episode 1 , Episode 3
Intro and recap
What do you get if you mix a JCB, a monk, and a vampire? Answer: an hour’s worth of 4th Plinth material. We think an explanation is in order…

Location: Trafalgar Square London, UK
Date: 21st August 2009, 9am
Problem: Three of four plinths in Trafalgar Square have large statues devoted to the great and good of Britain’s past. The fourth has always been empty.
Solution: Artist Anthony Gormely dreams up the idea of letting anyone fill the vacant spot for an hour. One hundred days long, this experiment in free expression, means 2400 people get to expose their talents (and some exposed more than the organisers bargained for!), and they can do almost anything.

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YW chauffeurs Trafalgar “plinther” – episode 1

In YW’s bizarrest story yet, we bring you a Halloween Special story in three episodes: What do you get if you mix a JCB, a monk, and a vampire? Answer: an hour’s worth of 4th Plinth material. We think an explanation is in order… See: Episode 2 , Episode 3 Location: Trafalgar Square London, UK […]

Is it a bird, is it a plane? no it's Adam Lyal (deceased) and his JCB

Is it a bird, is it a plane? no it's Adam Lyal (deceased) and his JCB


In YW’s bizarrest story yet, we bring you a Halloween Special story in three episodes:

What do you get if you mix a JCB, a monk, and a vampire? Answer: an hour’s worth of 4th Plinth material. We think an explanation is in order…

See: Episode 2 , Episode 3
Location: Trafalgar Square London, UK
Date: 21st August 2009, 9am
Problem: Three of four plinths in Trafalgar Square have large statues devoted to the great and good of Britain’s past. The fourth has always been empty.
Solution: Artist Anthony Gormely dreams up the idea of letting anyone fill the vacant spot for an hour. One hundred days long, this experiment in free expression, means 2400 people get to expose their talents (and some exposed more than the organisers bargained for!), and they can do almost anything.

Places were allocated by a lottery to online registered visitors to the www.oneandother.co.uk website. Given the popularity of the event, there was only a one in twelve chance of being selected. Our friends at www.witcherytours.com were drawn, and partly because Yellowwheels wasn’t, but mostly because the whole idea is totally barmey, we offered to chauffeur our ghostly ghouls to the Square, for their 60 minutes of fame.

We chauffeured them in our stately yellowmobile from Paddington station to the Trafalgar Hotel for a breakfast bite. If you think it’s a bit bright outside for a vampire, let us explain that this is Adam Lyal (deceased) and not some fanged Transylvanian. Highwayman Adam Lyal terrified the Scottish suburbs many moons ago, relieving traveling folk of their trinkets, and leaving them a bit frazzled, or even plain dead.

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Is it a bird, is it a plane? no; it’s a…steam car

British Team Breaks Oldest Land Speed Record This has to be the most bonkers record attempt in history? I mean, when even a boggo uber-repmobile has a 155 mph speed limiter built in, why would you be jubilant over reaching the not-breathtaking speed of 139.843 mph? That’s what the British steam car team just achieved, […]

British Team Breaks Oldest Land Speed Record

This has to be the most bonkers record attempt in history? I mean, when even a boggo uber-repmobile has a 155 mph speed limiter built in, why would you be jubilant over reaching the not-breathtaking speed of 139.843 mph? That’s what the British steam car team just achieved, not on the Kingston bypass, but all the way over in sunny califor-n-i-a. The fact that they just broke a record that stood for over 100 years might tell you something…Hats off to true British adventurers!

2009 Record holding British Steam Car

2009 Record holding British Steam Car

Clearly 139 mph in a steam powered car must be a real achievement as it took a whole 25ft of carbon fibre/aluminium/steel plus 12, yes 12 boilers to do it! Read on for the whole story and photos.

Update
Yesterday at 8.22am (California time) Don Wales successfully set another land speed record for a steam powered car. The car set the record for a measured kilometre – achieving an average speed of 148.308mph on two runs.

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