Inspired by James's exploits, the book covers both the stories behind a number of classic toys and the adventures in summer 2009 as James and his helpers, children and adults of all ages, build and recreate a range of toys in a series of Top Gear style escapades.
In six ambitious projects, he enlists the help of volunteers and schoolchildren to help him build a 1/1 scale model kit of a Supermarine Spitfire Mk I; creates the world's longest Scalextric track at the historic Brooklands motor-racing circuit in Surrey; builds a full-size Lego house; enters a garden made entirely from Plasticine in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show; runs a Hornby train set along a 10-mile stretch of track from Barnstaple to Bideford and uses a giant Meccano bridge to span the 40ft Pier Head canal in Liverpool.
Each chapter includes details of how the projects were constructed, with diagrams, illustrations and informal photography taken during the filming. The book also features a history of the toys themselves, from true British roots to their international appeal today. Toy Stories also offers 12 simple but fun projects linked to these toys to carry out in your own home, accompanied by step-by-step instructions, illustrations and diagrams.
About the Author
James May is a well-known writer, broadcaster and co-presenter of BBC TV's Top Gear. He also writes a weekly motoring column for The Daily Telegraph. James enjoys cars, motorcycles, light aircraft and a drink, always in that order. He lives in London with Fusker, the world's most unpleasant cat.
|James May - What real toys mean to me||p. 6|
|Plasticine: Paradise in Plasticine causes controversy at the Chelsea Flower Show||p. 10|
|Meccano: Bridging the Leeds-Liverpool Canal||p. 50|
|Hornby: Full steam ahead for a Guinness World Record||p. 90|
|Airfix: The world's first 1:1 scale Spitfire kit||p.128|
|Scalextric: Revving around the world's longest slot-racing track||p.170|
|Lego: The world's full-size Lego house||p.206|
|Reference: Anorak's Corner||p.236|
|Plasticine - 101 uses and colour chart||p.238|
|Meccano - Complete list of parts||p.244|
|Hornby - Complete catalogue of 0 and 00 gauge locomotives||p.248|
|Airfix - Complete catalogue of kits||p.252|
|Scalextric - Complete catalogue of cars||p.258|
|Lego - colour guide||p.266|
|Bibliography and Acknowledgements||p.270|
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 5th October 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 20.3 x 4.0
Weight (kg): 1.255