Colin Furze

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Colin Furze
Photograph of Colin Furze
Born 1979
Residence Stamford, Lincolnshire, England
Occupation plumber, stuntman, inventor, fabricator, filmmaker and YouTuber
Website www.colinfurze.com

Colin Furze (born 1979) is a plumber, stuntman, inventor, filmmaker, and YouTuber from Stamford, Lincolnshire, England. Furze left school at 16 to become a plumber, where he remained until joining Sky1 program Gadget Geeks. Furze uses his plumbing and engineering experience to build many contraptions, including a wall of death, the world's longest motorbike,[1] the world's fastest stroller, and a jet-powered motorcycle made with pulsejet engines.

Certain projects he has undertaken have been funded by popular television and video game franchises for promotion, including a spring-loaded hidden blade and grappling hook from the Assassin's Creed franchise, and a concrete bunker underneath his backyard to promote Sky1's television series You, Me and the Apocalypse.

Inventions[edit]

Furze's many contraptions are publicised on YouTube. On 13 March 2010, he uploaded a video of his converted scooter, incorporating a flame thrower that could shoot flames up to 15 feet (4.6 m) in the air.[2] On 25 March 2010, Furze was arrested by Lincolnshire Police, for possessing an object converted into a firearm. He was released on bail without charge the next day. This was Furze's third attempt, as the first did not ignite and the second burst into flames.[3]

On 5 May 2014, Furze posted a video to kick off his 3-week long X-Men characters special by designing a set of realistic Wolverine claws based on a pneumatic system. Within its first week it had received over 3 million views.[4]

On 23 October 2015, Furze released a video showing off the start of a new multi-part build, in which he would construct a Hidden Blade to promote the new Ubisoft game, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. Furze went on to make the Hidden Blade, a spring-loaded concealed blade that activates at the flick of the wrist with the help of a ring-triggered wheel mechanism, a rope launcher, and a winch device, all built onto a frame that fitted his wrist.

In 2016, Furze created a "hoverbike" using two paramotors.[5]

Achievements[edit]

On 14 October 2010, it was announced that Furze had modified a mobility scooter which can reach 71 mph (114 km/h) to try to enter the Guinness Book of Records. It took him nearly three months to build and has a 125 cc pitbike engine.[6]

On 10 October 2012, Furze posted a video showing a pram fitted with an engine which, if it travels over 30 mph (48 km/h), will make it the world's fastest pram.[7] The baby carriage was featured in the October 2013 copy of Popular Science Magazine, when Furze was interviewed about the reasons he modded the pram.[8]

Television[edit]

Furze appears as one of the experts on Gadget Geeks, the Sky1 series that focuses on technology and gadgets, that was broadcast in January 2012.[9] Furze appeared on the E4 show Virtually Famous demonstrating his wolverine claws on 28 July 2014.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marsden, Liam (24 October 2008). "Friday funny: World's longest motorcycle record broken". Motorcycle News.
  2. ^ Direct Bikes Scooter Flame Thrower Colin Furze. DirectBikes. March 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ The Daily Telegraph (27 March 2010). "Flame-thrower scooter owner arrested". The Daily Telegraph.
  4. ^ Youtube (5 May 2014). "DIY X-MEN WOLVERINE fully automatic claws'". YouTube.
  5. ^ Sarah Griffiths (2016-04-29). "Forget hoverboards, now there's a HOVERBIKE: Watch eccentric inventor Colin Furze 'fly' on his homemade floating bicycle". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2016-05-01. 
  6. ^ The Daily Telegraph (14 October 2010). "Man builds world's fastest mobility scooter". The Daily Telegraph.
  7. ^ ITV News (11 October 2012). "Inventor shows off 'world's fastest pram'". ITV News.
  8. ^ Gregory Mone (17 January 2013). "You Built What?!: The World's Fastest Baby Carriage". Popular Science. Retrieved 2015-03-04. 
  9. ^ "Gadget Geeks - Our Inventors". BSkyB. 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Virtually Famous Episode 1.2". 

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