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Video Course: June update
10 June 2018

Video Course: June update

It's been far too long since I wrote about the video course production.  Purchasers of the course get email updates more frequently that I don't write here, but even then it's been too long.  So here's the latest...

Best YouTube channels to learn... woodworking
16 March 2018

Best YouTube channels to learn... woodworking

It's funny how some interests (or trades) got onto YouTube very early.  Woodworking has been popular on there since the video-sharing behemoth got started.  I suspect this is because the US has a strong tradition of TV shows about woodworking - two great examples being Norm Abram's New Yankee Workshop and Roy Underhill's Woodwright Shop.  With a plethora of channels available on cable, and a bigger population, broadcasters were able to air more niche, and thus detailed shows.   Over in the UK we had four channels, and so if something wasn't going to appeal to at least 5% of the population (or it was cultural) then it didn't stand a chance.  

Eisenwarenmesse 2018
6 February 2018

Eisenwarenmesse 2018

In March we'll be at Eisenwarenmesse previewing all the new developments from Europe's top tool manufacturers.  Look out for livestreams on the Facebook page and some great video content.  There will be new modular workbenches.

You can understand women - a guide for the 1955 Chevrolet salesman
9 December 2017

You can understand women - a guide for the 1955 Chevrolet salesman

Back in the 50s, Chevrolet produced some wonderful videos and booklets about auto engineering. And these guides are still useful today. Their guide to differentials is still probably the clearest explanation of how diff gears work. But definitely not timeless is this guide to understanding women. It's an artifact of the era, thankfully mostly relegated to the bin, along with the orange that it's printed in.

Video Course: Summer update
29 August 2017

Video Course: Summer update

Big progress has been made and we're ready to film the reassembly of the car now, which is really the meat of the course.

Video Course: Filming begins, tools arrive and 3D models
14 May 2017

Video Course: Filming begins, tools arrive and 3D models

We started filming on Friday! It's been a long two months of preparation work to get to this stage, but finally the cameras are rolling and we're making this video course a reality. It was a stressful but enjoyable day, and I can't wait to see what comes out of the editing.

Choosing a ratchet
24 April 2017

Choosing a ratchet

The click of a ratchet wrench is the defining sound of a mechanic. Ratchets and sockets are extremely useful and versatile tools for the garage - in this article we explain how a ratchet works and what to look for when choosing one.

The 2015 Winter Motoring Checklist
15 December 2015

The 2015 Winter Motoring Checklist

Winter may be the time for holidays, fun, and generally being jolly, but the festivities can very easily turn into doom and gloom if you fail to take proper care of your car during this season. Winter places severe stresses and strains on any vehicle, and you need to take some very specific preventative measures to prevent breakdowns or malfunctions. Prevention is always better than cure, and in this guide, we will tell you how to keep your car in peak condition during the cold season. Here is what you need to do...

Paperclip Machine
23 November 2015

Paperclip Machine

This is how paperclips are made. I could watch it all day.

Lexus builds cardboard car
19 November 2015

Lexus builds cardboard car

Over the past summer, Lexus commissioned some creative London hipsters to create a full-sized cardboard version of the Lexus IS.

Wondrous and Swift: Gilles Villeneuve’s F1 Career
17 November 2015

Wondrous and Swift: Gilles Villeneuve’s F1 Career

Dreadful was the date of May the 8th, 1982. The whole world wept as the news of the death of Canadian legend Gilles Villeneuve spread like wildfire on all radio frequencies around the globe. He was dubbed the ‘last great driver’, the fastest driver, and with many other glorious titles. Some even went as far as to call him a miracle-worker. Jacques Laffite was one, famously quoted saying that no man could do miracles, and yet Gilles made you question that.

Inside Porsche's secret warehouse
14 November 2015

Inside Porsche's secret warehouse

In 2009 Porsche opened a museum in Stuttgart. Inside are a hundred cars, from the very first Porsche in 1898, up to the latest 919 LeMans hybrid. But it's the anonymous grey concrete building a few streets away that holds the real treats: over 300 rare and one-of cars racked up and stored under covers.

Man builds a Lamborghini Aventador by hand. In Iran.
3 August 2015

Man builds a Lamborghini Aventador by hand. In Iran.

Fancy yourself cruising the dusty highways of Iran in a Lamborghini Aventador? Don't let international sanctions, goats, or a lack of funds get in your way. A man called Reihani in the north-east of Iran managed to build his own for $50,000. He designed and manufactured the car in his own garage with bare hands, with a little help from his son.

Iconic Patent Art
27 July 2015

Iconic Patent Art

Old patents are beautiful. And they make gorgeous free art for the office.

Sixty untouched classic cars discovered in French barn
9 December 2014

Sixty untouched classic cars discovered in French barn

A French auction house has unearthed over sixty cars which have laid untouched for almost fifty years in a corrugated steel shed in the west of France. The discovered was made just three months ago after rumours of a cache of automotive relics was investigated. The collection is valued at between €12-15 million ($16-20million) and will be offered for sale in February.

Lotus F1 team jump truck over race car
8 December 2014

Lotus F1 team jump truck over race car

Car stunts are usually performed using small and not too heavy vehicles. But Lotus F1 did the opposite when they launched a massive truck over an F1 race car, breaking a world record of aerial distance of over 25 meters.

Aston Martin reveals Bond’s new DB10
5 December 2014

Aston Martin reveals Bond’s new DB10

Aston Martin has revealed its new DB10 alongside the announcement of the latest James Bond movie Spectre. Spectre stands for SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, a global terrorist organization first seen in Dr No back in 1962.

Million dollar McLaren survives single day on the road
4 December 2014

Million dollar McLaren survives single day on the road

The 27-year-old owner of a McLaren P1 crashed his brand-new car, costing $1.2million, within 24 hours of collecting it from the dealership in Dallas. So far only 375 of these cars have been built, a number now down to 374.

Flying car approaches liftoff
30 November 2014

Flying car approaches liftoff

Who doesn't love the idea of a flying car? Slovakia-based Aeromobil have just demonstrated their Flying Roadster 3.0 prototype and started a regular flight-testing program in real flight conditions.

Amazing BOSE Active-Suspension demo
30 November 2014

Amazing BOSE Active-Suspension demo

Bose is best known for creating high-performance audio products, but their research activities go well beyond sound. For more than two decades, they have been researching a new system for automobile suspensions. The video below shows the effect of their suspension system.

Beautiful stop-motion engine rebuild
29 November 2014

Beautiful stop-motion engine rebuild

Chris Herridge spent eleven months painstakingly rebuilding the engine of his Triumph Spitfire Mk3, and photographing the process. Over 3,000 photos later, and he created this amazing video of an engine being disassembled and rebuilt.