A madcap inventor builds the world’s smallest BURGER VAN


A madcap inventor reckons he’s got a surefire way to end up in the record books – by building the world’s smallest BURGER VAN.

Yannick Read constructed the fully-working, 75cm-wide van and cooks up miniature burgers and quail eggs for neighbours in the street – despite being smaller than a classic Mini.

The flaming van, nicknamed Super Tinkey, is made from an old barbecue, a mobility scooter and parts from a Harley Davidson with sheets of plywood and MDF nailed to the side.

It is designed to look like a Citroen H van, but is only about a third the size – and completely road legal.

Yannick Read, 45, in his miniature Citroen H Van at his home in London (SWNS)
Yannick Read, 45, in his miniature Citroen H Van at his home in London (SWNS)

Yannick said: “A friend gave me an old barbecue he didn’t need anymore, the wheels and motor are from an old mobility scooter I bought on eBay.

“The rest is from old motorbikes – the lights are from a Harley Davidson as they just happened to be the right size.”

Yannick’s three children, Noel, 12, Bertie nine, and Olive seven helped paint and build the mini-van as a project for their summer holidays.

The 44-year-old added: “I really like those Citroen H vans and it was a way to own one without having to buy the full size version.

“I’ve always liked them and the shape lends itself to being shrunk.
SWNS_BURGER_VAN_1“It’s been something I’ve been working on for over a year just doing bits and bobs, but we did a lot of the work during the summer.

“I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out, it’s one of those things that stops traffic and people stop in the street.

“It’s a nice antidote to all the bad news at the moment – it puts a smile on people’s faces and makes them happy to see something unusual.

“When it is in the road everyone who comes past and stops and has a look as it is such an unusual thing.

“The kids make miniature beef burgers and we fry up little quail eggs – it’s been really popular.”

Yannick has been making unusual contraptions since he was a young boy and recently made the “world’s smallest caravan” as well as the “world’s loudest bike horn” already in the record books.
SWNS_BURGER_VAN_30Now he hopes to also get this new invention into the Guinness World Record books.

He said: “I’ve built lots of unusual vehicles in the past like a flying bicycle, the world’s smallest caravan and lots of other stuff.

“It was really designed to be a summer family holiday project with the kids getting involved with the building.

“The kids are really enthusiastic about the Guinness World Records so we wanted to have a go at trying to get them into the book.

“It seemed like a great way to keep them occupied without using their iPads.
SWNS_BURGER_VAN_23“It would make a great promotional tool for a burger restaurant so if someone sees it and likes it, that would be a good use for it. It would also be great for kid’s parties.”

Yannick, who also works as a copywriter, hopes to find out if the invention has made it into the Guinness World Records book in the next couple of months.

He added: “I would really like to do something like take it up to the top of the Shard as it is small enough to fit into a lift.”


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