Shed hits 100mph to break speed record

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Image caption The particular Fastest Shed has lived as much as its name and beat its record time, reaching 101mph

The souped-up motorised shed has damaged its own land speed record on the Welsh beach as it hit 100mph.

The Fastest Drop smashed its previous 80mph (129km/h) record for the fastest shed in a land speed event at Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire on Sunday.

Owner Kevin Grazes said it was “marvellous” to hit 101mph (160 km/h) in what he mentioned was the only road legal motorised shed in the world.

“It couldn’t have gone better, I am so happy, ” said the particular 53-year-old gardener.

Mister Nicks, from Chipping Norton within Oxfordshire, spent more than £ thirteen, 000 creating his bespoke drop on wheels, which now boasts a turbo-charged 400 brake horsepower engine which is more powerful than many sports vehicles.

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Media caption The souped-up shed’s prior best was 80mph

He first experienced the idea of creating a shed on wheels within 2015 when his old Vw Passat lay broken on his generate – and he thought: “Let’s find out if I can do something a little different. inch

The father-of-one at first spent £ 5, 000 plus 12 months making it roadworthy so can “take his daughter to college and pop to the shops”.

“I did everything, construct the shed, connected the motor, build the chassis, ” mentioned Mr Nicks, who lives in exactly the same village as motoring broadcaster Jeremy Clarkson.

“The just thing I didn’t do had been felt the roof! I then thought ‘I wonder how fast it could go’?

“I entered a number of speed events and basically floored it. I hit 80mph in order to the record, including the Guinness report. But it blew up so it required some work. ”

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Image caption Kevin Grazes created the Fastest Shed through his old Volkswagen Passat

Now 2 yrs and 20, 000 miles later on, Mr Nicks has splashed away an estimated £ 8, 000 upon revamping the shed with a finely-tuned Audi RS4 engine.

“I’ve spent all winter doing the work up and putting in a new motor and suspension, it’s so fast off the mark.

“I had no idea how quick it would go – and it proceeded to go well. It felt comfortable with 100mph, I was pleased. ”

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Image caption Pendine Sands is synonymous with property speed attempts since Sir Malcolm Campbell broke the record within Bluebird in the 1920s

Mr Nicks stated it was a “magical moment” damaging the record at Pendine, a seaside which has become synonymous with property speed attempts since Sir Malcolm Campbell broke the record in the renowned Bluebird in the 1920s.

He was became a member of by a host of karts, three-wheelers and the most powerful street legal motorbikes because they hope to break the UK record associated with 194. 5mph (313 km/h).

Superbike racer Zef Eisenberg will also attempt to break the land-speed record – and the 200mph hurdle – on sand on his high performance Suzuki Hayabusa.

“Pendine Sands is a notoriously difficult speedway, ” said Eisenberg. “Competitors have no clue what the surface is like until the wave goes out.

“It’s not just the high-end engineering which makes breaking records on Pendine Sands difficult. As Pendine is a Ministry of Defence test fire web site, you’ll often end up encountering unexploded ordnance alongside giant washed-up jellyfish. ”

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Image caption Zef Eisenberg survived the 230mph crash breaking the land rate record for a turbine bike 1 . 5 years ago

Eisenberg, from Guernsey, almost passed away after breaking the land speed report for a turbine bike 18 months back as he crashed at 230mph (370km/h) and was in hospital for three a few months.

“No one of all time, car or bike has actually exceeded 200mph on the sand on Pendine, ” he added.

“It’s the holy grail associated with speed, where the best speed racing enthusiasts in the world have tried. ”