Some of the projects at Century Classics do not follow the norm. Like the day Mr. Tumble came to our workshops. If you don’t know who Mr. Tumble is, ask your children or grandchildren!
Mr Tumble from BBC Cbeebies, asked us to modify a series of 1950s bumber cars. Century Classics fully restored the cars with new paintwork and electrical components so they ran independently outside the bumper car circuit they were originally designed for. Later, further modifications were carried out to make the cars run on pedal power. Mr Tumble also supplied us with a bath and four wheels. We designed and built a chassis for it with full Ackermen steering gear connected to the tow-bar to allow it to be safely towed around the stage by obe of the bumper cars. Finally, it was painted bright pink and fitted with a shower!
Another project was the purchase of a chopped down mini (shortie). We carried out small modifications to the car however, due to safety restrictions on using a petrol powered vehicles on stage we were requested to build a pedal-powered duplicate for the use in theatres. An identical twin was produced with pedals instead of petrol however, as we thought, the car was difficult to pedal. It was returned and modified with electrical power.
A computer generated Mr Tumble Mini for television audiences has headlamps as eyes that light up and move left and right. Century Classics designed a radio-controlled feature which made the headlamps do exactly the same. Added features include the car being actually driven by remote control, the eyes also look up and down, the horn beeps and a bubble machine has been built in the back.
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