Sunday 25 February 2018

Ever wanted that engine coffee table on Top Gear? This 15-year-old boy can help you out

Cillian and Baz Credit: Cillian Scott
Cillian and Baz Credit: Cillian Scott
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

A 15-year-old boy from Co Wicklow has turned an iconic piece of furniture on Top Gear into a budding enterprise.

Cillian Scott, from Rathnew, believes he can make money from turning old engines into coffee tables - and he's off to a head start.

50 Ways to Kill your Mammy star Baz Ashmawy is already a fan of the teen's work, having bought one of only 10 made thus far.

Taking unused engines from local cars and trucks, the Irish boy initially took five days to transform the equipment into a usable item.

Credit: Cillian Scott
Credit: Cillian Scott

Cillian said he sources his equipment from a number of garages in Dublin, Cork and Northern Ireland.

His forward thinking spirit even got him on the couch with Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show on Friday night.

With the orders flooding in - "Hundreds of people like my Facebook pages and I've lots of sources" - Cillian has managed to slash his production by over 50pc to just two days.

On the BBC motor show - with old hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May - the presenters' table is fashioned from a Jaguar V12 engine. But is this where Cillian got his inspiration?

Credit: Cillian Scott
Credit: Cillian Scott

"I have never watched Top Gear. I'm not a fan of the show," he told independent.ie.

"I was just looking on YouTube and I saw an engine being turned into a table - and I thought 'I can do that'."

The engine tables are custom made and the prices range from €150-€1000 depending on what kind of engine is desired i.e. Nissan or V12.

Whether or not Cillian's current enterprise is sustainable, and we can look at a future where every household will have an engine table, is debatable.

But one this is pretty certain - this is one young business mind to watch.

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