Colin Furze

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Colin Furze
Photograph of Colin Furze
Furze in 2012
Born
Colin Peter Furze

14 October 1979 (1979-10-14) (age 42)
OccupationYouTuber, stuntman, inventor, maker, filmmaker and former plumber
Years active2006–present
Known forYouTube and other film making platforms
Websitewww.colinfurze.com
YouTube information
Channel
Subscribers11.9 million[1]
Total views1.42 billion[1]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers December 2013
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers May 2015
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers April 2020

Updated: 14 May 2022

Colin Peter Furze (born 14 October 1979)[2] is a British YouTube personality, stuntman, inventor and filmmaker, from Stamford, Lincolnshire, England. Furze left school to become a plumber, a trade which he pursued until joining the Sky1 programme Gadget Geeks. Furze has used his plumbing and engineering experience to build many unconventional contraptions, including a hoverbike, a wall of death, a jet-powered motorcycle made with pulsejet engines, and the world's fastest mobility scooter, pram, and dodgem.

Certain projects he has undertaken, have been funded by television and video game franchises for promotion, including a spring-loaded hidden blade and grappling hook from the Assassin's Creed franchise, an artificial-turf-covered BMW E30 containing a hot tub and barbecue grill, and a bunker underneath his back garden to promote Sky1's television series You, Me and the Apocalypse. He celebrates reaching YouTube subscriber milestones by staging ever more extravagant firework stunts.

Biography[edit]

Furze has said that he attended Malcolm Sargent Primary School as a child until he entered secondary school. By then he had already begun making underground dens and a few tree houses.[3] He became a plumber after leaving school at 16, which allowed him to focus working on tools, gadgets and engineering. Shortly after the death of his father, he discovered the video-sharing website YouTube on which he shared his inventions beginning with his wall of death ramp in 2007.[3]

He and his girlfriend, Charlotte,[4] have a daughter named Erin and a son (born in 2012) named Jake, who is often featured in his videos.[3]

He is helped by his good friends Tom Lamb and Rick Simpson.

Inventions[edit]

Furze's many contraptions are publicised on his YouTube channel. 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.[5] On 25 March 2010, Furze was arrested by Lincolnshire Police, for possessing an object converted into a firearm (in UK law a flame thrower is a type of firearm). He was released on bail without charge the next day. This was Furze's third attempt at producing such a device, as the first did not ignite and the second burst into flames.[6][7]

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 three million views.[8]

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 fit his wrist.

In November 2015, Furze constructed an underground bomb shelter beneath his garden, as part of a request by Sky1 to promote the series You, Me and the Apocalypse.[9] The bunker contains a corridor and a large main room, as well as a fully functional air filtration system and has an entrance shaft concealed by a garden shed.[10][11]

In 2016, Furze created a "hoverbike" using two paramotors.[12]

Furze has completed three Star Wars themed challenges in partnership with eBay. In 2016, he completed a giant AT-AT garden playhouse, followed by a full size Kylo Ren Tie Silencer in 2017. In 2019, he completed a moving Landspeeder from Star Wars A New Hope. The vehicle was auctioned off on eBay, with all of the funds going to BBC Children in Need.[13][14]

In March, 2022, he announced the completion of a tunnel that links his house, the bunker and his workshop. Lined with metal sheets and concrete, it took him three years to construct. Extensions towards the bunker and the driveway are planned next.

His YouTube channel has 11.7 million subscribers as of 15 March 2022.[15]

Achievements[edit]

On 24 October 2008, Furze revealed a 14.26 metre motorbike that he had built to break the world record of the longest motorcycle. This was done by attaching beams in place of the back. He completed the record by riding it a minimum of 100 metres.[16]

On 14 October 2010, it was announced that Furze had modified a mobility scooter to give it the ability to reach 71 mph (114 km/h) in an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records. It took him nearly three months to build and has a 125 cc motocross engine.[17]

On 10 October 2012, Furze posted a video showing a pram fitted with an engine which, if it travelled over 30 mph (48 km/h), would make it the world's fastest pram.[18] The pram was featured in the October 2013 copy of Popular Science Magazine, in which Furze was interviewed about his reasons for having modified the pram.[19]

On 30 March 2017, Furze posted a video showing a restored 1960s dodgem fitted with a 600cc motor cycle engine producing around 100bhp.[20] The dodgem achieved a top speed of 107.390 mph (172.827 km/h), with an average speed of 100.336 mph (161.475 km/h) from a run in each direction – making it the world's fastest bumper car, as approved by Guinness World Records.[21] BBC Worldwide asked Furze to complete the project for The Stig to drive.

Television[edit]

Furze made his television debut by appearing as the 'Mystery Guest' in Episode 1, Series 3 of Russell Howard's Good News, where he showed off his mobility scooter project. The scooter was damaged in transit and was unable to work properly on stage, but Russell got on the scooter regardless and Furze pushed him around on it.

Furze appeared as one of the experts on Gadget Geeks, the short-lived Sky1 series, in which the trio of experts would consult a member of the British public to test an invention idea in the workplace, along with the entertainer Tom Scott and Charles Yarnold.[22] Furze has been 'number one' multiple times on the Science Channel show Outrageous Acts of Science and has appeared on the E4 show Virtually Famous twice, demonstrating his wolverine claws on 28 July 2014 and again, the following year, showcasing the "toaster knife".[23]

He went further afield, appearing on German television with his toaster knife.

Furze's inventions were featured on the 11 February 2020 episode of Great British Inventions hosted by David Jason.[24]

Books[edit]

Colin Furze authored "This Book Isn't Safe", a collection of projects intended for children and adults to recreate at home and spur an interest in engineering.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About colinfurze". YouTube.
  2. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Colinfurze : Draw My Life". YouTube. 30 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Colin's Girlfriend's name". colinfurze. Archived from the original on 18 September 2012.
  5. ^ Direct Bikes Scooter Flame Thrower Colin Furze. DirectBikes. 13 March 2010.
  6. ^ The Daily Telegraph (27 March 2010). "Flame-thrower scooter owner arrested." The Daily Telegraph.
  7. ^ https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/plumber-arrested-on-firearms-charge-for-having-210899
  8. ^ YouTube (5 May 2014). "DIY X-MEN WOLVERINE fully automatic claws.'" YouTube.
  9. ^ Wells, Jonathan. "Meet the plumber who has built an underground 'apocalypse bunker'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  10. ^ "BUNKER". COLINFURZE. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  11. ^ "VIDEO: Man builds underground apocalypse proof bunker in the back garden of his Stamford home". www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  12. ^ The Daily Telegraph (29 April 2016). "British inventor builds incredible working hoverbike". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Fabricating a Metal Landspeeder that DRIVES" – via www.youtube.com.
  14. ^ "A landspeeder challenge from Daisy Ridley and John Boyega". BBC Children in Need.
  15. ^ "Live Subscriber Count – Livecounts". livecounts.net. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  16. ^ Marsden, Liam (24 October 2008). "Friday funny: World's longest motorcycle record broken". Motorcycle News.
  17. ^ The Daily Telegraph (14 October 2010). "Man builds world's fastest mobility scooter." The Daily Telegraph
  18. ^ ITV News (11 October 2012). "Inventor shows off 'world's fastest pram.'" ITV News
  19. ^ Gregory Mone (17 January 2013). "You Built What?!: The World's Fastest Baby Carriage". Popular Science. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  20. ^ YouTube (30 March 2017). "World's Fastest Bumper Car – 600cc 100bhp But how FAST? – Colin Furze Top Gear Project"
  21. ^ Telegraph (30 March 2017). "Top Gear's The Stig sets world speed record... in a dodgem" The Daily Telegraph.
  22. ^ "Gadget Geeks – Our Inventors". BSkyB. 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  23. ^ "Virtually Famous Episode 1.2".
  24. ^ Brown, Matthew (11 February 2020). "YouTube inventor will feature on a television programme with actor David Jason". Stamford Mercury. Retrieved 28 April 2021.
  25. ^ "This Book Isn't Safe by Colin Furze: 9780451478764 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books". PenguinRandomhouse.com.

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