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Tuckerfan
06-26-2007, 11:58 PM
Fecking brilliant! Really it is. The folks on the British TV show Top Gear come up with the idea of slapping a Reliant Robin (http://www.3wheelers.com/robin.html) onto a rocket and sending it up into space. Mind you, these guys are working with the kind of stuff you could find in any decent machine shop not the incredibly sophisticated stuff that NASA plays with (word has it, BTW, that the folks at NASA were highly impressed with the effort). Sweet Jebus, if I could pull something like this off, I'd die a happy man.

You can see it here:
Part 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckyXtEd0PV0

Part 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk5M6J2zMWQ

Fun doesn't even begin to describe what that looks like!

bob_s
06-27-2007, 10:47 AM
So, did he come up with this idea before or after he suffered brain damage? Or is it possible to tell with a Brit?

Asquith
06-27-2007, 12:19 PM
Presumably after. Otherwise he would have volunteered to crew the Reliant.

Thanks for posting the links, Tuckerfan. Made my day.

tattoomike68
06-27-2007, 12:28 PM
Fecking brilliant! Really it is. The folks on the British TV show Top Gear come up with the idea of slapping a Reliant Robin (http://www.3wheelers.com/robin.html) onto a rocket and sending it up into space. Mind you, these guys are working with the kind of stuff you could find in any decent machine shop not the incredibly sophisticated stuff that NASA plays with (word has it, BTW, that the folks at NASA were highly impressed with the effort). Sweet Jebus, if I could pull something like this off, I'd die a happy man.

You can see it here:
Part 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckyXtEd0PV0

Part 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk5M6J2zMWQ

Fun doesn't even begin to describe what that looks like!

I Like the British gear head type shows. Junkyard Wars was one of my favorites.

Thanks for the links.

kendall
06-27-2007, 02:08 PM
now that was awesome to watch!

Ken.

INTERPOLATE
06-27-2007, 03:15 PM
Where is the video of the mini getting launched??

Too_Many_Tools
06-28-2007, 03:40 AM
I Like the British gear head type shows. Junkyard Wars was one of my favorites.

Thanks for the links.

Is the Junkyard Wars series on DVD?

TMT

aboard_epsilon
06-28-2007, 10:51 AM
the british version is called scrapheap challenge

all the best.mark

sch
06-28-2007, 01:12 PM
The same show had a sequence torturing an elderly
Toyo PU, crashing it, drowning it in a 12' tidal bore
and finally putting it on the roof of a 12 or so story
building just before a CDI type demolition. After
digging it out of the debris the truck still started
and drove sort of. Video is around.

Wirecutter
06-29-2007, 02:11 PM
Bloody marvelous. Thanks for that link!

-Mark

thistle
06-29-2007, 02:33 PM
The same show had a sequence torturing an elderly
Toyo PU, crashing it, drowning it in a 12' tidal bore
and finally putting it on the roof of a 12 or so story
building just before a CDI type demolition. After
digging it out of the debris the truck still started
and drove sort of. Video is around.


LINK HERE

http://www.guba.com/watch/3000003544?duration_step=0&fields=7&mst=63&pp=20&premium=0&query=topgeardog&sb=5&sf=0&size_step=0&o=4