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 Scooter E Concept revealed

Mini goes halves by showing electric scooter concept Mini’s have a strong personality and following – the envy of most manufacturers. Now they are tempting the two wheeled brigade to come over to the brand by dishing out some radical wheels in scooter form. These are billed as “Concepts”, served up in various flavours, looking [...]

MINI Scooter E Concept


Mini goes halves by showing electric scooter concept

Mini’s have a strong personality and following – the envy of most manufacturers. Now they are tempting the two wheeled brigade to come over to the brand by dishing out some radical wheels in scooter form. These are billed as “Concepts”, served up in various flavours, looking like ice cream tubbed up in chrome bowls sunk into a glitzy counter. Lemon and lime, pistachio and mint, vanilla with raspberry twist anyone? Scooters don’t come any fancier than this, but you’ll need a smattering of AC power to keep these slush puppies on the road.

MINI Scooter E Concept + iPhone dock

Electric scooters have been around for yonks; remember the “All Electric Winnie” from the ’70s? but the arrival of Li-ion battery technology changes the weight/performance balance. Talking of balance, there’s no word of how many greenbacks you’ll have to throw BMW’s way yet, as this scooter is pitched as a concept only. Adrian van Hooydonk, Mini’s design director, has made sure the Mini’s derivation is clear by borrowing instrument binnacle, headlight and wing mirror shapes. Not so Mini yet is the ignition key. It lacks one altogether and harnesses the processing power of your favourite mobile phone, or as we all know them: iPhone, to check ownership and double up as a social-media tool. Find friendly (or not) co-owners by being steered towards them by GPS technology! It makes perfect sense, so come on Mini, let’s hear you say production is imminent…


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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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YW chauffeurs Trafalgar “plinther” – episode 3

Episode 3 of 3 of our bizarre Trafalgar Square saga. See Episode 1 , Episode 2 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 [...]

Glorious weather ruined only by strange going-ons on 4th Plinth

Glorious weather ruined only by strange going-ons on 4th Plinth


Episode 3 of 3 of our bizarre Trafalgar Square saga.

See Episode 1 , Episode 2
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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MPH / Top Gear Show – YW reports and brings you a photo gallery

MPH Show / Top Gear Live: is it a motor show, gladiator’s arena, or a circus? No: it’s ice skating for cars; Clarkson and co on ice, with all the paraphernalia. OK, so it’s meant to be a family show, but does it also have to be panto? Featuring Mother Goose, Snow White and the [...]

MPH / Top Gear Show at Earls Court

MPH / Top Gear Show at Earls Court


MPH Show / Top Gear Live: is it a motor show, gladiator’s arena, or a circus? No: it’s ice skating for cars; Clarkson and co on ice, with all the paraphernalia. OK, so it’s meant to be a family show, but does it also have to be panto? Featuring Mother Goose, Snow White and the Wicked Witch, cars skated around, fire canons roared, and a frigid mist descended onto the haunted floor of Earls Court. More chilling still, was the cool wall where the heckling crowd decided which motors would live or drown. Produced out of a magic cauldron (or garden shed), presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond raced farcical chariots built from gardening gear, quite clearly not made by them, but the props dept…This was more Roman arena, than London cat walk, with very desirable cars being consigned to the uncool wall, if not mauled by lions. Last chance to see whether good or evil prevail in the UK is tomorrow 15th November at Birmingham NEC, before we can gladly shout “it’s behind you !” and the show moves onto sunnier climes (well, Dublin actually).

Never mind, ’cause the crowd were loving it, and there was a wealth of motoring splendour to drool over in the main hall. Rather than trying to catalogue the whole show, we decided to restrict our cameras to the yellow beasties laid out, grid like, for the public’s delectation. Enjoy the photo gallery. We’ll be bringing you more posts from the show soon.
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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.

Click on thumbnails to get the full glorious story!
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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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