If you’ve ever wondered what 1,000 rockets being fired from the back of a bicycle looks like, wonder no more – madcap British inventor Colin Furze’s latest YouTube video has the answer.
Clearly belonging to the “Don’t try this at home” genre, the results are spectacular, and since being posted on YouTube yesterday, the video has already received more than half a million views.
It’s reminiscent of the Soviet World War 2 multiple rocket launcher nicknamed the Stalin Organ.
In Russian, it was called Katyusha, which itself took its name from a patriotic song about a woman (it translates to English as Katy) thinking of her lover who has headed to the front line.
The word Катюша can also be rendered in English as Katusha – the name of the UCI WorldTour team originally registered as a Russian outfit, and now registered in Switzerland as Katusha-Alpecin.
We’ve featured Furze, a plumber by trade who knocks up his inventions in his garden shed, on road.cc before, including his flying hoverbike, a bike with ice rather than rubber for tyres, and perhaps our favourite, a jet-powered Raleigh Shopper.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.