This is what 20-year-old Romanian Raul Oaida (above) and Melbourne entrepreneur Steve Sammartino did with more than 500,000 LEGO pieces and four orbital engines: The Super Awesome Micro Project — a full sized LEGO car with an air-powered engine, and 256 pistons that also appear to be made from LEGO. It goes around 20mph and they don’t go much faster than that because they really don’t want to crash it.
More LEGO videos, including this awesome DIY project: build your own LEGO microscope.
Midget Motor Mania! With some history from Jalopy Journal:
Great pre-war tether car footage brought to you via Newsreel (as shown at the front of movies in the theater) from October of 1940. At this fairly early point in the hobby, there were already six of these rail or cable-type Thimbledromes in the US, and the speed record was noted as 71 mph (after the war, the cars were hitting 100+ mph and tracks sprung up all over). This footage shows how the rail in Reading, Penn. was set up, and packed with spectators on the outside edge with little or no protection from runaway racers.
What’s interesting to consider, is that by the late 50s, the tether car hobby was nearly extinct. It’s been said that this happened due to a shrinking amount of spectators, as the pint-sized cars had just become too fast and the fans could no longer view them in action very easily. The little racers also lost some of their appeal when they began to get too streamlined in appearance, and no longer represented the real midget race cars of their day.
In the video archives: more toys and vehicles, including this 1962 flying bicycle airplane.