James May Tests if Lego is Top Gear for House Building

Saturday saw thousands of people make their way to Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey - volunteering to help television's Top Gear presenter James May in an attempt to build a life-size house out of Lego.

Queues formed from 4.30am for 1,200 free tickets to participate in the effort which is for forthcoming BBC programme James May's Toy Stories. Around 1,500 people had to be turned away.

Helpers turned over three million genuine Lego bricks into 2,000 building blocks by assembling each block with 272 Lego pieces. Builders will now lay the blocks over a period of six days. The house is to include electric wiring and plumbing, with as much furniture as possible being made from Lego.

The two-storey house is expected to be completed later this month. May said: "I'm planning to stay there for two or three days, or until it falls down - whichever is sooner. I'm pretty relaxed about it, but will just have to be careful moving around. If I wake up buried under a pile of bricks I'll know it's gone wrong."

Earlier this year James May presented a Plasticine flower garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. On 16th August 2009, the classic Brooklands motor racing circuit is to be re-created with Scalextric at its historic location in Weybridge, Surrey.

The Toy Detective now realises why his alarm clock went off so early on a Saturday morning but actually ignored it feeling that horse racing at Glorious Goodwood would be a bit of a wash-out.

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