Disabled motorsport marshal sets new mobility scooter recordTue, 20 May 2014
A DISABLED motorsport marshal who lost a leg in a terrible accident at the 2000 Goodwood Festival of Speed has set a new world record – on a mobility scooter with punctured tyres.
Steve Tarrant, who made a determined recovery and continues to marshal at national and international levels, returned to a dedicated course at Goodwood for the gruelling record attempt in aid of a cancer charity.
His effort, after 24 hours and stops only for battery changes on his TGA Breeze S4 GT mobility scooter, he smashed the previous record of 170.63 miles by almost 20, clocking up 190.2 miles.
What’s more, to prove the effectiveness of TGA’s new self-sealing puncture defence system, the Breeze’s tyres were deliberately spiked on a bed of nails before the attempt. Steve completed the full distance without needing repairs.
Pending official Guinness World Records verification, which is believed to be a formality, Steve is now the world record holder for ‘The greatest distance covered in 24 hours by a mobility scooter’.
Steve comments: “Firstly, I would to thank TGA Mobility and Sales Science for all their outstanding engineering support; Goodwood Motor Circuit and Lord March for hosting the event; and all my dedicated pit crew.
“I am also gratefully appreciative of all the donations that have been received for my designated charity during the challenge – Macmillan Cancer Support. The last 24 hours have been truly unforgettable for me and ever though it was gruelling at times, I never had any doubts that I would achieve this new world record.”
By Press Association reporter