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The Motorcycle Diary

James May attempts to build a motorbike and sidecar entirely out of Meccano to take him, and passenger Oz Clarke, round the Isle of Man's famous TT circuit.

James May attempts to build a motorbike and sidecar entirely out of Meccano to take round the Isle of Man's famous TT circuit. But designing a machine capable of carrying James and his passenger, wine expert Oz Clarke, around the daunting 37-mile course is not a task for the faint-hearted.

15,000 pieces of Meccano must be assembled to create a full-size, road-legal motorcycle that James hopes will be more than a match for the circuit's treacherous twists and turns, steep climbs and dizzying descents. And as in the real TT, the bike must race against the clock.

1 hour

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:11

    Mark Ronson & The Business Intl

    The Bike Song

  • 00:23

    Talking Heads

    Road To Nowhere

  • 00:28

    Bobby Darin

    Beyond The Sea

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter James May
Executive Producer Will Daws
Director Tom Whitter
Participant Oz Clarke

Broadcasts

  • Fri 3 Jan 2014 21:00
  • Fri 3 Jan 2014 21:50
  • Sat 4 Jan 2014 17:30
  • Thu 30 Jan 2014 00:50
  • Sun 17 Dec 2017 20:00

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James May talks about toys

James describes the first toy he received at Christmas and the ones he wishes he'd owned.