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Models built for the 'Le Tour De France' Secretary's Challenge

The Challenge:

The Challenge for this meeting, tying in with the theme of this year's Bicycle Races at our Meccano Show, is the Tour de France.  Whether you bring your entry for our own races to try out or a non-running model I'll leave up to you.


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Built for the Le Tour De France Secretary's ChallengeBicycle

Built by Brian Leach

This was for the SELMEC Meccano Show 2014 Unpowered Bicycle Race challenge. It did not get past the first round as it veered slightly and went off the track. The race is available to watch on YouTube .
 
 
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Built for the Le Tour De France Secretary's ChallengeBicycle

Built by Brian Elvidge

An entry for the Unpowered Bicycle Race at the SELMEC Meccano Show 2014. It had to be withdrawn due to a technical malfunction with the wheels bearings. I had used Electrikit recessed low friction bolts, and pointed axles. It was thought the shock o...
 
 
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Built for the Le Tour De France Secretary's ChallengeBicycle

Built by Brian Elvidge

An entry for the Powered Bicycle Race at the SELMEC Meccano Show 2014, using a no. 1 clockwork motor. It came third place, and was involved in a crash with another entry showing my entry was unstable.
 
 
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Built for the Le Tour De France Secretary's ChallengeBicycle

Built by Chris Fry

The winning entry for the Powered Bicycle Race at the SELMEC Meccano Show 2014.
 
 
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Built for the Le Tour De France Secretary's ChallengeBicycle

Built by Les Chatfield

An entry for the Powered Bicycle Race at the SELMEC Meccano Show 2014. It is powered by a "magic motor" (the pedals are purely cosmetic).
 
 
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Built for the Le Tour De France Secretary's ChallengeBicycle

Built by John Cowdery

 
 
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Built for the Le Tour De France Secretary's ChallengeBicycle Roundabout

Built by Viv Endecott

Viv got the idea for the roundabout from Set 1516 and was very proud to have made her first model using gears. Jack adapted it by making the upright and rotating beam BIGGER! The Yorkshire tea-towel and card from a Yorkshire Tea box are there in cele...
 
 
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Built for the Le Tour De France Secretary's ChallengeFlamme Rouge

Built by Chris Warrell

The "Flamme Rouge" - a red flag suspended from an inflatable arch - indicates to the riders that they're 1km from the finish in the Tour de France.
 
 
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Built for the Le Tour De France Secretary's ChallengeHeavy-Weight Bike

Built by John Marsh

First attempt at using Meccano chain. The Yorkshire tea-towel is there in celebration of the Yorkshire start of the Tour de France this year.
 
 
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Built for the Le Tour De France Secretary's ChallengePushbike

Built by Ralph Laughton

This has to be one of the smallest models I have built for a while. Simple in construction and made from few parts, it makes a change from our usual enormous models that take an age to build and set up at meetings and exhibitions. The model may be sma...
 
 
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Built for the Le Tour De France Secretary's ChallengeRotary Rider

Built by Viv Endecott

My attempt to adapt the plan and add a Magic Motor wasn't entirely successful as the motor wasn't strong enough to swing the arm.  I also struggled to make the front wheel point inwards a little so the model wasn't trying to move out at a tangent.
 
 
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Built for the Le Tour De France Secretary's ChallengeThe Peloton

Built by Chris Fry

An impression of a tightly packed group of racing cyclists. Winner of the 2014 Geoff Carter Cup .
 
 
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Built for the Le Tour De France Secretary's ChallengeThe Yellow Jersey

Built by Guy Loveridge

A two-dimensional representation of the coveted yellow jersey given to the rider with the lowest aggregate time in the Tour de France, built from four yellow plates.
 
 
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Built for the Le Tour De France Secretary's ChallengeTV Camera Crew Motorbike

Built by Jack Edwards

The motor-bike used by the TV crew at events like the Tour de France, with TV camera.

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