picture above will, for many, have elicited an immediate
nostalgic response. For those unfamiliar with the
work of Wilf Lunn some minor elaboration will suffice
- Wilf is a television presenter, cartoonist, writer,
and madcap inventor whose picture really should appear
under the dictionary definition of 'eccentric'.
is also responsible for one of my earliest cycling
memories, seeing his 'worm catcher' bicycle on television
in lifesize detail. Staking claim to such cycling
heritage I couldn't resist catching up with the man
himself to try and find out what makes him tick. Mind
you, with a man who describes himself as a seurealist
that can't spell that could be difficult to work out.
firewood wire while working as a lip-reading and religious
knowledge teacher at Odsal House School for the Deaf,
his inventions involved bicycles from early on, and
Wilf's first cycle model was a bike in a bottle, the
result of a month of work after taking on a bet that
it couldn't be done. He even managed to sell one of
the models to James Mason for sixty pounds.
this interest proved more difficult however, as he
started selling bottles from which the cycle had been
removed for 120 quid, since this involved twice the
work. Surprisingly they didn't catch on, Wilf puts
his finger on the flaw in the plan, "I think
they suspected I wasn't doing the work."
this was not enough to stop the irrepressible Wilf.
He continued making his little bicycle models, displaying
a quirky humour combined with technical expertise,
and no little artistic flair. He landed an exhibition
of his creations and it was at the gallery which was
displaying his wares that his television career was
to spark into life.