Colin Furze

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Colin Furze
Photograph of Colin Furze
Born 14 October 1979 (1979-10-14) (age 37)
Stamford, Lincolnshire, England
Residence Stamford, Lincolnshire, England
Nationality English
Occupation plumber, stuntman, inventor, fabricator, filmmaker and YouTuber
Known for YouTube and other film making platforms
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 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 motocross 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 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' [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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