This is the moment an adrenaline junkie entered the record books by driving at 70mph – in a garden shed.
Chipping Norton man Kevin Nicks, 50, has spent years transforming his old Volkswagen Passat into the world’s fastest shed.
He then took it to the Straightliners event held at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire yesterday to attempt the record.
The gardener managed to hit 70mph in the converted Passat, thanks to its 2.8-litre V6 engine which has 200bhp.
This is despite the shed weighing two tonnes and having terrible aerodynamics.
Speaking yesterday he said: “It was wonderful.
“I wanted a longer run up so I could get faster, but I was only allowed quarter of a mile.
“I’m pleased with it.
“It has cost me hundreds of pounds just to do today.
“I’ve given up counting how much it cost me to build it. You start a project, and then you just want to finish regardless.”
Kevin’s efforts smashed the previous record, set by TV mechanic Edd China, who managed 58.41mph while filming in Milan, Italy, in 2011.
Kevin lives in the same market town where former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson owns a home. And his shed has outdone many of the notorious motormouth’s most outrageous inventions.
He added: “I suspect he has more pressing things to think about than my record.”
Kevin is now hoping to start making some money out of his invention through advertising and hiring it out for special events.
He said he also has other projects in the pipeline, but remained tight-lipped about his next conversion.