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We love YouTube and all it offers car fans here at Haynes. In fact we've got our own channel that's chock-full of step-by-step videos that'll help you carry out popular maintenance jobs on various models. Check it out here and don't forget to subscribe and hit the notification bell to be informed when we upload new content.

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Backyard Racing

Hot Wheels Backyard Tree Track with Gondola 

Ah, Hot Wheels. Those tiny toy cars might be aimed at kids, but like everything these days, us adults want a piece of the action – have you got some tucked away out of reach of tiny hands?

You need to get your toys out and have a good play with them every once in a while, though and that’s what Backyard Racing does in this incredible video created by a Hot Wheels car with a GoPro somehow strapped to it.

The tree track took a month to build using wood, ladders, paddling pools, string, pulleys, a fishing pole, cordless drill, PVC tubing, blocks, plastic container tubs, cardboard boxes, pool noodles, an Australian shepherd dog and numerous Hot Wheels. Was it worth it? You bet.

Warper Perception

See Thru LiquidPiston Rotary Engine - In Slow Motion 

We’re all familiar with the Wankel rotary engine and everything Mazda achieved with it. This video focuses on a variation of the Wankel, called the LiquidPiston Rotary Engine, which uses the best features from the Otto cycle, Diesel cycle and Atkinson cycle.

One of the biggest advantages of the LiquidPiston engine is its size and power-to-weight ratio, and this video does a great job of explaining how it differs from the Wankel and shows it in action, with a transparent cover letting us see exactly what’s going on.

The Late Brake Show

Great British barn find - incredible survivor V8 Rover SD1 Vitesse 

Cast your mind back to the 1970s and the Rover SD1, and the 3500 with its Buick-derived V8 in particular. Not many made their way to the States but we’ve got fond memories of it here at Haynes because we produced an Owners Workshop Manual for it.

Interim digital editor Rob Keenan remembers a family holiday to the south of France in 1979, shortly after his dad got a 3500 as a company car. “I was a very excited seven-year-old, not really because of what was beneath the bonnet but because it had four electric windows. Four!

“I thought they were the coolest thing about the SD1, after its Ferrari Daytona-esque styling, and couldn’t stop playing with them. So at the end of a long day spent on the road, and while my brother and parents were checking into the B&B, I thought it would be huge fun to put all four windows down and up at the same time.

“If you know anything about the SD1, what came next probably won’t be a total surprise: the windows went down but wouldn’t come back up. Panic ensued and I ran indoors with a ridiculous story about how the car had put the windows down by itself – as any badly behaved kid would, I guess.

“Incredibly, after having scanned the owner’s manual, my dad discovered that all he needed to do was reset a thermal circuit breaker behind the glovebox and we could continue our holiday.”

This video from The Late Brake Show uncovers a later SD1 Vitesse that’s been in storage (of sorts) since 1999. Will it start? Will the electric windows malfunction mysteriously? You’ll have to watch it to find out.